Daniel Cates Leads WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg

Daniel Cates Leads WPT Alpha8 Johannesburg

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Poker's high rollers were in Johannesburg yesterday for the latest leg of the World Poker Tour's $100,000 Alpha8 series.

By the close, seven of the ten entrants were still in with a shot of a half a million dollar payday with Daniel Cates leading the charge. Jungleman will return today with 317,000, well in front of South African qualifier Kinesh Pather (204,500) and Jason Mercier (175,000).

Rounding out the field are Jeff Gross, Antonio Esfandiari, who fired a second bullet after being eliminated just before the close, Philip Gruissem and Erik Seidel.

Phil Ivey won't be repeating his heroics from the Aussie Millions after busting out early in yesterday's proceedings. Max Altergott was the other player to hit the rail on day one.

Seat 1.  Jason Mercier  175,000
Seat 2.  Philipp Gruissem  62,000
Seat 3.  Antonio Esfandiari 102,000
Seat 4.  Erik Seidel    25,500
Seat 5.  Kinesh Pather  204,500
Seat 6.  Jeff Gross    114,500
Seat 7.  Daniel Cates  317,000

Here's what they're playing for:

1st - $500,000
2nd - $300,000
3rd - $200,000

Tags: Daniel Cates, WPT Alpha8, high rollers