The World Poker Tour (WPT) Alpha8 Las Vegas Tournament, which was played at the Bellagio, attracted a field of 45 players who generated a prize pool as large as $4,414,500. The player who turned out to be the champion of the event was Fedor Holz of Germany.
When he reached the final table along with seven others, he was in the chip lead. He worked quickly and quietly to become the champion and took home the first-place prize of $1,589,219 and the championship title. The champion also obtained 600 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) Points for his achievement.
When the final day was being played, Holz held around 40% of the chips in the game. He defeated David Peters in the eighth position and then eliminated Keith Tilston to achieve a massive chip lead. He then slowly and surely built his chip stack when Nick Petrangelo eliminated Ankush Mandavia, Sean Winer, and Daniel Negreanu in the third, fourth, and fifth places, respectively.
The heads-up match was then played between Petrangelo and Holz, with the latter having twice more chips than the former. The heads-up match lasted for 23 hands, and throughout the session, Holz kept obtaining more chips.
When the last hand was being played, Petrangelo bet all in and Holz responded with a call. At that time, Petrangelo had an Ace and a Queen while Holz had a pair of fives. When the cards on the board turned out to be a Joker, a Three, a Two, a Four, and a Nine, Holz naturally grabbed the pot and Petrangelo had to be content with the runner-up position.
As the runner-up of the tournament, Petrangelo went home with $1,015,335 and 500 POY Points. Petrangelo successfully reached eleven final tables in 2015. He also won two championship titles, his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet by winning the $3k NL Hold’em Shootout Tournament. His total tournament winnings are $3,362,396 and he has earned a total of 6,026 POY Points. This puts him in the third place on the POY leader board.
The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh were Daniel Negreanu ($640,103), Sean Winter ($441,450), Ankush Mandavia ($307,015), Kathy Lehne ($242,798), and Keith Tilston ($176,530), respectively.