High Rollers Head to Caribbean

High Rollers Head to Caribbean

Monday, 1 September 2014

Some of the poker world's most deep-pocketed players will be heading to the Caribbean later this year after the World Poker Tour confirmed it will be staging another super high roller tournament in St Kitts.

The $100,000 buy-in WPT Alpha 8 tournament will be hosted by Bill Perkins and take place at the Royal Beach Casino from 2 November.

“I love St. Kitts. It’s a beautiful, warm, friendly, Caribbean island with the best topography and beaches in the Atlantic, and Christopher Harbor represents the best of the island,” said WPT Alpha8 St. Kitts host Bill Perkins. “I also love poker, especially elite high-stakes no-limit hold’em competition. I am blessed, honored, and pleased to host a second WPT Alpha8 event at Christophe Harbor, and I look forward to winning my first tournament.”

One player definitely taking part this year will be recent EPT Barcelona winner Olivier Busquet. The American took his career earnings to almost $6m after claiming the title, and the $1,188,996 first prize, in the European opener.

“The combination of the venue, the buy-in, and the field makes this the most excited I have ever been to play in a poker tournament,” said Busquet. “I hope to continue some of my recent success that I’ve had in super high rollers.”

Plenty of other notable names are expected to join him with organisers expecting more than the 28-runners that took part last time out.

German high roller Philipp Gruissem was 2013's winner. He beat Britain's Tom MacDonald heads-up to claim a first prize of $1,086,000.

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