More than 800 entries into Day 2 for the WPT Five Diamond Classic
This year's WPT Five Diamond Classic was anticipated to be a big one and, after five levels of play, it looks like things are on track. A total of 812 players registered for the tournament, and buy-ins and re-entries will be open until level nine today. The number of entries beats last year's number by 21.
With a little over 388,000 chips on Day 1, poker pro Brandon Meyers grabbed the biggest stack. Rainer Kempe, Kenny Nguyen and Daniel Strelitz are sitting comfortably with at least 200,00 in chips. WPT Player of the Year Benjamin Zamani is still in it with 120,000, as is Gus Hansen, who recently spoke out against the pace of live-actions games and the unfavorable conduct of many of today's players. Several high rollers showed up for the tournament, including Christian Christner, Eric Baldwin and "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth. It's still too early in the event to predict who will make it to the final table, but with the number of talented players, the Classic should be an impressive one.
The Five Diamond Classic is being held at the Bellagio until Dec. 10. Buy in for the event is $10,400 and the prize pool still has not been defined. However, based on previous tournaments, seven-figure payouts are in store for the finalists due to the number of entries. The final table will be streamed on PokerGo, which has already provided online streaming for three WPT final tables.