WPT Alpha8 for OneDrop final table assembled, Jaffe leads the field

Terrance Reid
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Posted on: July 16, 2023 12:19 pm EDT

Then there were six.

Many of the world’s elite poker players turned out in support of the World Poker Tour Alpha8 for OneDrop at the Wynn/Encore Las Vegas over the last couple of days. Now, only six remain.

With 45 total entries, a grand total of $315,000 was raised for the OneDrop Foundation and the Wynn Foundation. Now, the players look for their paydays.

The final table is set, and the live-streamed action picks up today at 1:00 pm with a planned 30-minute delay for the stream.

Dan Smith - WPT
Dan Smith looks to spin coming in as the table short stack, but he still has 24 big blinds

It’s Jonathan Jaffe who leads the way in this return of the high-roller, Alpha8 series. He holds a commanding chip lead, nearly double that of his closest competitor. Though, his competition is anything but easy, experienced players are in the mix with $273,200 already locked up by all.

WPT Alpha8 final table chip counts

SeatPlayerChip CountBig Blinds
1Taylor von Kriegenbergh1,280,00032
2Aleksejs Ponakovs2,255,00056
3Iaron Lightbourne1,100,00028
4Dan Smith945,00024
5Jonathan Jaffe4,085,000102
6Michael Lim1,595,00040

The grueling bubble yesterday took a few hours. Understandably so, because the min-cash in this tournament was huge.

Henrik Hecklen - WPT
Henrik Hecklen was eliminated on the massive money bubble

Isaach Haxton sneaked into the money as the first player paid when he was eliminated yesterday evening in seventh place. He took home $222,600 for his finish.

Dan Smith was eighth in chips when nine players remained. Even though he got a free OneDrop Foundation sweatshirt, it didn’t come at the best time.

Still, Smith found a way into the money and has plenty of chips to navigate a deeper run.

New kid on the WPT block Michael Lim has no reported earnings on the tour. This will be a nice first entry on his WPT profile; he’s hoping for a payday of over $1.5 million up top.

Michael Lim - WPT
Michael Lim just before doubling through Jonathan Jaffe on Day 2

Final table payouts


Best of luck to all remaining players today. Follow along with live updates on WPT.com, or watch the live stream on their YouTube channel. Also, check out our Instant feed for all Vegas happenings throughout the day.