Landon Tice and Darren Elias among the big stacks of Day 1 of the WPT Five Diamond
Day 1 of the prestigious Poker World Tour (WPT) Five Diamonds World Poker Classic to Bellagio in Las Vegas, 561 participants paid the $ 10,000 admission fee. At the end of the long session on Wednesday night, only half of the field remained, including the big stacks Darren elias, Justin bonomo, and Landon Tice.
Payouts are not yet available as registrations remain open until the end of level 10 (1,000 / 1,500 / 1,500), the first level of play on Day 2, which begins at noon PT on Thursday. In 2019, 1,035 players registered but only 417 on Day 1, so participation was able to end compared to the most recent WPT Five Diamond, won by Alex foxen for $ 1,694,995.
Foxen, who desperately needs another performance to stand a chance at winning the Global Poker Index’s Player of the Year award for the third year in a row, pocketed chips on Day 1 but was among the smaller stacks with 65,000. He still has plenty of big blinds to get the ball rolling.
A thumbs up for Elias?
Foxen isn’t near the top of the standings until Day 2, but Elias is and he is trying to become the very first five-time WPT champion. He is already the only player to have more than three World Poker Tour titles.
Elias 193,500 in chips and will start Day 2 with 129 big blinds, good for the eighth of the remaining 280 players. John flynt, who has never cashed in a WPT event, pocketed the chip lead at 324,500.
Young Landon Tice, one of the game’s rising stars, is not far from third place with 296,500. Bonomo, who recently became the all-time leader in live tournament cash, also ended the session with 266,500.
Bonomo claimed two wins in last week’s Bellagio Five Diamond High Roller Series and now has $ 57,175,262 in live tournament cash. Correction: make that $ 57,175,662. You’re welcome, Justin.
Lots of other big name pros have tokens bagged and will head to Day 2 including Joseph cheong (208,000), Matt berkey (163,500), Andrew Lichtenberger (143,500), Tony Dunst (134,000), 2018 Five Diamond Champion Dylan linde (126,000), Daniel Negreanu (86,500) and many others. Expect to see a number of top players register late on Tuesday.
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* Main photo from WPT.com.