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WPT Alpha8 on FOX Sports 1 Florida Part IV: Millionaire's Row, a $243K Bubble & More

Lynn Gilmartin

On Sunday, the World Poker Tour Alpha8, a series of high buy-in events located at exotic locations around the world, continued its broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with Part III of their $100,000 buy-in tournament from the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida.

Here’s a look at the first three recaps with quick synopses:

  • Part I – the first hand of Alpha8, behind-the-scenes look inside Jason Mercier’s pad, and more.
  • Part IIJeff Gross nit-rolling Chris Klodnicki, the Macau Big Game, and the elimination of Bill Perkins.
  • Part IIIJoseph Cheong scrounges up $100K, out to dinner with Lynn Gilmartin, and more.

Below is my recap of the fourth and final part of the WPT Alpha8 Florida starting with a look the final table at the top of the broadcast:

2Isaac Haxton687,000
3Jeff Gross278,000
4Steven Silverman226,000
6JC Tran322,000
8Matt Glantz587,000

Big Hand Right Off the Bat: In one of the first hands of the broadcast there was a big hand that put Jeff Gross to a tough decision. Check it out:

Early Double: After Isaac Haxton opened for 33,000 with the {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}, a short-stacked Steven Silverman looked down at the {a-Spades}{k-Hearts} in the small blind moved all in for 105,000 total. Haxton felt obliged to call, and he paid the price after the board ran out {7-Spades}{4-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Hearts}. Ship the money bubble double to Silverman.

Bubble Trouble: After losing that hand Isaac Haxton dropped to fourth in chips and moved all in for 396,000 preflop and received a call from JC Tran.

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Haxton bubbles.

Tran: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Haxton: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}

“Right now Ike is in a race for his tournament,” Olivier Busquet commented from the booth. Indeed, according to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Haxton was a 56.76% favorite while Tran would come from behind 42.86% of the time. The {9-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{q-Spades} flop was kind to Tran, and he became a 3-1 favorite.

The {8-Clubs} turn left Haxton in need of either a ten or jack – cards that would come 13.64% of the time – but the {7-Diamonds} ended up blanking on the river. Haxton, who was the chip leader with five left, fell on the $243,180 bubble.

“You show up for a 20 player tournament, you’re going to bubble it one in 20 times,” Haxton said in his post-elimination interview. “So I’m content with what I did.”

Glantz Gone: Matt Glantz moved all in for 262,000 from the small blind with the {10-Hearts}{8-Hearts} and Jeff Gross, who looked down at the {a-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} in the big blind, made the call. The {a-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} flop gave both players a little something, but Gross’ aces kept him in the lead. The {9-Diamonds} turn gave Glantz an open-ended straight draw, but he missed it when the {4-Diamonds} blanked on the river. The one-time chip leader hit the rail in fourth place and took home $243,180 for his efforts.

“It was a great time, a great experience with Alpha8,” Glantz said in an interview after being eliminated. “A bunch of real great guys played this event… this was a more challenging experience.”

Gross vs. Tran: In the very next hand on the broadcast, JC Tran, who was a World Series of Poker November Niner at the time, opened for 35,000 from the small blind with the {k-Hearts}{5-Hearts} and Jeff Gross defended with the {10-Spades}{9-Hearts}. The {10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} flop was an action-packed one, which was evidenced when Tran led out for 41,000 and Gross popped it to 112,000. Tran shoved all in for 448,000 and Gross made a quick call.

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Jeff Gross

The {7-Hearts} turn gave Tran the nut flush, and all he had to do was avoid a ten and nine on the river to double through. That’s exactly what he did too when the {Q-Spades} blanked. Tran doubled to 972,000 while Gross was left on a short stack.

Gross Gobbled Up by the Silver Man: A couple of hands later, Jeff Gross got his last 245,000 all in holding the {k-Hearts}{10-Clubs} only to run into the {a-Spades}{k-Clubs} of Steven Silverman, who moved all in over the top. The {a-Clubs}{8-Spades}{2-Clubs} flop put Gross in an even worse spot, but he picked up lady outs when the {J-Clubs} appeared on the turn. Unfortunately for him, the {K-Diamonds} on the river wasn’t what he was looking for. Gross exited in third place for over $364,770, his largest career score.

“I think I ran ok, and I think I played well. I’m happy,” Gross said. “Amazing tournament. I’m going to try to play all the Alpha8s this year.”

Boys and their Toys: After coming back from an early commercial break, Lynn Gilmartin took a canal cruise to check out the fancy houses along Millionaire’s Row.

Florida’s Final Hands: In what would be the penultimate hand of the tournament, JC Tran opened for 40,000 with the {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts} only to have Steven Silverman three-bet to 135,000 with the {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. Tran thought for a bit before moving all in for 1.205 million and Silverman called off for 889,000. The board ran out {4-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{5-Spades}{4-Spades}{5-Clubs}, and Silverman doubled into a massive chip lead.

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Silverman and Tran.

The next hand he moved all in with the {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and Tran called off his last 313,000 with the {q-Spades}{8-Spades}. Tran had some kicker issues, but he resolved them when the {8-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop delivered him an eight. Unfortunately for him it was only temporary as the {9-Spades} appeared on the turn to pair Silverman’s nine. The {Q-Hearts} rive gave both two pair, but Silverman’s was best to give him the title and $891,660 first-place prize. Meanwhile, Tran took home $426,890 for his runner-up finish.

That does it for my recap of the Alpha8 Florida $100K. I hope you enjoy, and remember to check your local listings and set your DVRs if you want to catch more great Alpha8 action moving forward.

*Pictures courtesy of World Poker Tour.

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