German high-stakes poker player Philipp Gruissem has been a force on the live poker tournament trail this year, capturing the titles at two World Poker Tour Alpha8 High-roller tournaments. He won the London tournament at the Palm Beach Casino for £862,400 ($1,379,840) on October 29. Gruissem then followed up with a victory at the Royal Beach Casino on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts on November 17, taking home $1,086,400.
The Alpha8 series is a new brand introduced this year by the respected World Poker Tour. Alpha8 tournaments take place at exotic locations throughout the world and feature incredibly expensive buyins, limiting the fields to dedicated poker professionals and those amateurs who are well-heeled enough to cough up at least $100,000 to participate. Indeed, Philipp faced only 19 opponents in London and 22 in St. Kitts.
There have been only three Alpha8 tournaments held to date, making Philipp Gruissem’s record of two wins in a row all the more impressive. He had played in the first-ever Alpha8 event at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Florida in August, but he failed to win a prize.
Philipp Gruissem’s Past Results
These latest enviable results were not Philipp’s first brushes with success at high-roller events. In April, he prevailed at the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific High-roller rebuy tournament in Melbourne, Australia, earning $863,386. In October 2011, he took first prize in London at the EPT/UKIPT High-roller event, receiving $703,657 for his victory. According to live poker tournament tracking database The Hendon Mob, Philipp Gruissem has earned $7,976,294 in live tournaments throughout his career. This puts him in 40th place on the all-time list of money earners. He’s second on the list of German players, behind only 2011 World Champion Pius Heinz.
With his most recent wins, Philipp Gruissem has confirmed his status as one of the most respected and feared high-stakes tournament pros now active. If he continues this success, it’s possible that his name will one day be mentioned in the same breath with Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu as a giant of tournament poker.