The World Poker Tour’s Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic is in full force at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas and presently entering into Day 3 with 176 players still left in the pack. There are a total of 503 entrants for this $10,300 buy-in event making a combined prize pool of around $4,879,000 surpassing last year’s Five Diamond event.
As one would expect as one of the marquee events of the WPT, many of the big names in poker have shown up including Erik Seidel, Huck Seed, Andy Bloch, Barry Greenstein, Antonio Esfandiari, Scotty Nguyen, and Vanessa Selbst only to name a few. The chip lead is Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi who would be chasing his second WPT win.
A number of notable Canadian poker players also entered the event but only a few are still in after Day 2 with Gavin Smith and Greg Mueller having healthy above average stacks.
For the first time, players were allowed to re-enter into the event after being eliminated and can do so as many times as they wish before the end of Level 8. This is sparked discussions among players in the twitterverse who are on both sides of the fence. One player bought in three-times on Day 1 alone.
Day 3 is set to resume later today.
Players will be able to view the Final Table action as it plays out on CanadaPoker.com via Live Stream on Sunday December 9 at 4PM PST (7PM ET).
In the meantime, the $3,300 buy-in 2012 Party Poker WPT Prague is also running simultaneously in Czechoslovakia at the Kings Casino with 567 entries. Among Canadians attending the event and still in after Day 2 of play are Jonathan Roy who just won WPT Montreal, Mike Watson seeking a 2nd WPT bracelet, Jonathan Driscoll, Mike McDonald, Jonathan Duhamel, and Yann Dion.
The Prague leg of the WPT has been a favourite of many players because of the beautiful scenery and culture of this East European city.