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Silverman Sweeps Alpha8, Bonomo and Hinkle Lead SHRPO Final Table
Steven Silverman defeated decorated poker pro JC Tran to win the inaugural WPT Alpha8 High Roller event while Blair Hinkle and Justin Bonomo lead the SHRPO Main Event final table.
Silverman continues a huge 2013 that's seen the Washington, DC poker pro earn over $2 million playing live tournaments.
He's also earned more than $1 million playing online poker under the name "Zugwat".
Taking home $891,660 for winning the first ever World Poker Tour Alpha8 event, Silverman builds on the $1 million score he made by winning the €25k High Roller at EPT Monte Carlo in May.
Finishing runner-up to Silverman at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Florida was JC Tran.
The California-native earned $526,890 for finishing second in the Alpha8 event, bringing his career earnings to over $9.5 million, but is looking forward to a much bigger payday this fall as he currently leads the 2013 WSOP Main Event final table.
Tran is already guaranteed $733,224 for making the November Nine but will return to Las Vegas in a few months to contend the $8 million first-place prize.
The WPT's first Alpha8 event featured a $100,000 buy-in and attracted 18 players, three of whom re-entered for an additional $100k.
Daniel Alaei, Isaac Haxton and Daniel Perper all fired a second bullet but none of them were able to make it into the money.
Four places in total were paid with Jeff Gross and Matt Glantz both snagging six-figure paydays:
- 1. Steven Silverman - $891,660
- 2. JC Tran - $526,890
- 3. Jeff Gross - $364,770
- 4. Matt Glantz - $243,180
Blair Hinkle, Justin Bonomo Lead SHRPO Main Event Finale
Two very successful poker players who excel in both the live and online arenas are leading the $10m guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open main event.
Blair Hinkle currently leads the charge to the $1.74 million first-place prize with Justin Bonomo close behind.
Hinkle won a WSOP bracelet in 2008 and infamously won the FTOPS main event right before Black Friday shut down Full Tilt Poker.
Bonomo, meanwhile, has racked up over $6 million in live tournament earnings including a $2.1 million windfall that came by way of winning the €100k Super High Roller at EPT Monte Carlo in 2012.
The minimum payout at today's final table is $290,875.
Here are the final-table seats and chip counts:
- Seat 1. Samuel Bernabeu Guilabert - 4,675,000 (31 bb)
- Seat 2. Justin Bonomo - 18,500,000 (123 bb)
- Seat 3. Blair Hinkle - 22,800,000 (152 bb)
- Seat 4. Greg Lehn - 2,200,000 (14 bb)
- Seat 5. Ray Qartomy - 13,050,000 (87 bb)
- Seat 6. Mukul Pahuja - 10,200,000 (68 bb)
Panagiotis Nifakos was the final-table bubble boy while Jeremy Kottler (11th), Krystal Seiling (12th) and Griffin Benger (14th) also narrowly missed out.