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WPT Alpha8: Steven Silverman enters up his name on the new circuit

The inaugural step of the new circuit of the World Poker Tour Alpha8 Florida was held this week inside the poker room of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino of Hollywood, in Florida. 21 registrations for 18 players were recorded during this event at $100,000 of buy-in, but the field was reduced to 9 players during the Day 2. Matt Glantz started the day with the biggest stack, followed by other poker players such as JC Tran, Jason Mercier, Isaac Haxton, Steven Silverman, Joseph Cheong, Bill Perkins, Jeff Gross and Daniel Alaei. Bill Perkins was the first who left the table without being paid. A little time after, Jason Mercier, Daniel Alaei, Joseph Cheong and Isaac Haxton were eliminated before the ITM (In The Money) with 4 players, which guaranteed a minimum gain of $243,180. The chipleader at the start of the day, Matt Glantz, was the next player who left the table. His elimination at the first paid place allowed him to pocket $243,180. The three remaining players, Jeff Gross, Steven Silverman and JC Tran, took a break after the elimination of Matt Glantz.



Weakened by JC Tran, Jeff Gross became immediately the short stack of the table. He didn’t withstand a long time in front of the two opponents’ assaults and felt in the 3rd place, for a gain of $364,770. Steven Silverman and JC Tran met in heads-up, which turned to the advantage of the first. JC Tran left the tournament with $526,890, while Silverman, first champion of the WPT Alpha8, pocketed $891,660. This victory is the second of the year for Steven Silverman who won, in last month of May, the High-Roller event at €25,000 of the EPT Monte-Carlo.

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