Buchanan and Esfandiari Lead at WPT Five Diamond Final Table


Shawn Buchanan has a great shot of winning a bracelet at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic tonight. Buchanan has managed to hold a great chip position over the past 2 days with the second most chips.

Buchanan hails from Abbotsford, British Columbia and is chasinghis second WPT Bracelet. His last WPT win was in 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Poker Championships where he pocketed $768,775. He has had several other notable wins the contribute to his more than $4,780,000 in overall career tournament cashes, one of the highest for a Canadian poker pro, behind fellow pros Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel and Gavin Smith.

Buchanan is going into the final table action second in chips only to Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari who has had a phenomenal year in poker.

Antonio Esfandiari is one step closer to being the first player to win a repeat bracelet at the same WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic, an event he won 2 years ago which paid him $870,124.Antonio celebrated his 34th birthday yesterday and what a birthday present it would be if he could complete this great feat. He already held his chip lead over the past couple of days as the field diminished.

Antonio is already the player with the all time highest tournament cashes, thanks to his WSOP Big One for One Drop win this past summer that paid him an astronomical $18,346,673 and will further add to that lead tonight regardless of where he finishes.

Watch the action unfold via Live Stream right here on CanadaPoker.com at 7PM ET.

Friends Olympian Michael Phelps and poker pro Jeff Gross who were at the WPT Montreal, travelled right after to WPT Prague where Jeff Gross played but busted out. The two rushed back to support Antonio and will be cheering for their friend from the rail during the final table action today, so you can catch a glimpse of them by watching the live stream.

Here are the WPT final table starting chipcounts:

1 Antonio Esfandiari 4,310,000
2 Shawn Buchanan 3,465,000
3 Andrew Lichtenberger 2,940,000
4 Thomas Winters 1,615,000
5 Jeremy Kottler 1,515,000
6 Ravi Raghavan 1,250,000


Here is what the final table players can expect to get paid.
















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