Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic 2010

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Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic 2010The World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic started on Thursday at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. This $10,000 buy-in event (previously a $15,000 buy-in) is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the WPT circuit and draws some of the biggest names in poker including Antonio Esfandiari who is in the chip lead after Day 2, Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jeff Madsen, Vanessa Rousso, Kathy Liebert, Canadian Poker Pros Kara Scott and Sorel Mizzi as well as November Niners Michael Mizrachi, Joseph Cheong.

This event wraps up the 2010 World Poker Tour calendar year with a total of 438 players making up a $4,248,600 prize pool that will pay the top 100 finishers with first place to be awarded $870,124.

The WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic has been an important achievement for several of poker most distinguished players. The first Five Diamond event that took place in 2002 was won by Gus Hansen “The Great Dane”. Others such as Canadian Poker Pro Daniel Negreanu, former WSOP Champ Joe Hachem, Paul Phillips, and November Niner David “Chino” Rheem have captured the title in the past. Last year’s tournament was won by Daniel Alaei.

As the tournament heads into Day 3, here is a look at the top 10 chip counts:

1 Antonio Esfandiari 485,600

2 Daniel Fuhs 397,500

3 Faraz Jaka 364,400

4 Doug Lee 355,000

5 Vanessa Rousso 334,100

6 Sorel Mizzi 332,400

7 Keith Gibson 325,100

8 Phil Ivey 308,100

9 Doyle Brunson 295,400

10 Nicholas Mitchell 290,100

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