Jonathan Jaffe Leads $111K WPT Alpha8 for One Drop Final Table; Ivey Ousted

The $111,000 buy-in WPT Alpha8 for One Drop at Wynn Las Vegas continued on Saturday with Day 2, which saw a half dozen players take advantage of late registration.

They included Cary Katz, Biao Ding, Nick Petrangelo, Christoph Vogelsang, Taylor von Kriegenbergh, and Phil Ivey, who had busted late on Day 1. Spoiler Alert – only one of them would make the final table.

That brought the total field up to 45 entries and generated a $4,612,500 prize pool. That was reserved for the top seven finishers with the winner slated to take home a $1,537,600 top prize.

At the end of the night, Jonathan Jaffe bagged the big stack with 4,085,000, which was twice as much as his next closest opponent. The final six players will return on Sunday to play it out on a live-streamed final table.

WPT Alpha8 for One Drop Final Table

Seat Player Count
1 Taylor von Kriegenbergh 1,280,000 (32 bb)
2 Aleksejs Ponakovs 2,255,000 (56 bb)
3 Iaron Lightbourne 1,100,000 (28 bb)
4 Dan Smith 945,000 (24 bb)
5 Jonathan Jaffe 4,085,000 (102 bb)
6 Michael Lim 1,595,00 (40 bb)

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Day 2 Action

Ivey’s re-entry into the tournament didn’t last long as he was dispatched in Level 11 (5,000/10,000/10,000). The WPT Live Reporting Team reported a hand where von Kriegenbergh raised to 25,000 under the gun and Ivey three-bet jammed for 295,000 one spot over.

Action folded to Jaffe in the big blind and he four-bet jammed for 650,000, which inspired von Kriegenbergh to fold. Ivey tabled two red eights only to have Jaffe roll over two black tens. The superior pocket pair held and that was all she wrote for the Poker Hall of Famer.

Rick Salomon
Rick Salomon

Another player to fall was Rick Salomon, who was bounced in Level 13 (10,000/15,000/15,000). That is when Aleksejs Ponakovs raised to 30,000 from the hijack and Salomon three-bet to 100,000 from the cutoff. Ponakovs responded by four-bet jamming and Salomon called off with the AK which was flipping against 1010. Unfortunately for Salomon, the board ran out queen-high and he exited in 11th place.

Others to fall on Day 2 were Ramin Hajiyev, Artur Martirosian, David Stamm, Brian Kim, Kevin Rabichow, Santhosh Suvarna, Vogelsang, Adrian Mateos, Katz, Henrik Hecklen, Petrangelo, Ding, and Isaac Haxton.

While Hecklen was eliminated on the money bubble, Haxton was able to sneak into the money before falling in seventh place, the result of losing a race with pocket sixes against the ace-queen suited of Michael Lim. Haxton earned $222,600 for his performance.

The elimination hand of Isaac Haxton.

PokerNews will offer daily updates on the WPT Alpha8 for One Drop, so be sure to check back throughout the weekend.

*Images courtesy of WPT / Drew Amato.

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