The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic has been part of the World Poker Tour since its inception back in 2002. This year’s edition of the festival’s $10,400 Main Event saw huge turnout that broke several important records in WPT’s history.
The tournament attracted a record-breaking 812-person field, becoming the largest ever Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event. What is more, it become the largest ever WPT event with a buy-in fee of over $10,000.
The great interest in the prestigious tournament generated a prize pool of $7.876 million. The top 81 finishers will receive a payout, min-cashes beginning from $19,691. And the top nine finishers will leave the event with a six-figure payout.
As for the winner, they will be awarded the amount of $1,958,065 for their deep run. The second-place finisher will also receive a seven-figure payday. They will collect $1,134,202 upon leaving the record-breaking tournament.
Las Vegas’ emblematic Bellagio Casino is playing host to the Main Event. By the time Day 2 of play concluded last night at the host venue, there were just 320 players left from the gigantic field. The remaining hopefuls are set to return to the Bellagio today at noon local time to bring themselves closer to the money. However, the money bubble is not likely to burst before Day 4 of the tournament.
Day 2’s Chip Leader and Other Notables Still in Contention
Day 2 of the Main Event was completed with Brandon Meyers as the chip leader. The player actually started the day as the one to lead the survivors from the tournament’s starting flight. He bagged and tagged 388,100 in chips last night. Earlier throughout the day he even passed the 400,000 mark.
Commenting on his performance last night, the player said that action was going smoothly for him. The player won several key pots, most of which against Ray Qartomy, to cement his chip leader position for the start of Day 3.
Meyers is a Las Vegas-based poker pro with experience on the felt of more than a decade. The player has accumulated more that $1.2 million over the course of his career. His best live cash came back in July, when he finished 42nd in the WSOP $10,000 Main Event, good for $176,399. If the player maintains his momentum from the past several days, he can almost double his current bankroll.
Former WPT champion Daniel Streilitz will enter Day 3 play second in chips with 310,900. Todd Hovenden bagged the third largest stack last night to secure himself with a nice start of Day 3.
Notables still in contention include defending champion James Romero. The player bested a field of 791 entries last December to win the amount of $1,938,118. He will begin Day 3 of this year’s edition of the tournament with a total of 45,300. J.C. Tran, Gus Hansen, the winner of the first-ever WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event, and Darren Elias are too among the popular poker players that will return for Day 3.