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791 Entries Make WPT 5 Diamond Biggest Ever; $1.9m to Winner
You can still draw a very big crowd to a $10,000 unlimited re-entry event.
It's been bedlam at the Bellagio in Vegas the past two days as the WPT 5 Diamond got underway and the poker crowds came to play.
After a smashing 519 entries yesterday another 272 forked over the 10 large today to create the biggest $10k field in WPT history.
Total prize pool: $7,672,700.
It's not the outright biggest prize pool in WPT history, but it's close. And with $1.9m up top for this year's winner not many are likely to be to picky.
JTilla, Negreanu Run the Jewels
At the end of Day 2 just 270 of those 791 entries remain led by Ryan Hughes, who bagged up 364,000.
Also way up in the counts is famed actress and poker lover Jennifer Tilly who piled up heaps of her own. At 279,100, she sits second overall.
Also sliding into the Top 10 to end the night were David Pham (224,300) and Justin Bonomo (219,800) but they're far from the only poker heavy hitters still in contention.
Daniel Negreanu (183,400), Chance Kornuth (176,300), Jason Koon (172,600), Cate Hall (161,900), Layne Flack (151,600) and Adrian Mateos (145,000) all bagged substantial stacks.
Brian Rast, Mike Matusow, Liv Boeree, Tom Marchese and Igor Kurganov all topped the 100k mark with Antonio Esfandiari, Dominik Nitsche and Phil Laak not far behind.
As a pleasant surprise, the Great Dane Gus Hansen has also made his return to poker late on Day 2.
A look at the Top 10:
1. Ryan Hughes – 364,400 (304 bb)
2. Jennifer Tilly – 279,100 (233 bb)
3. Samuel Bernabeu – 279,000 (233 bb)
4. A.J. Gambino – 277,300 (231 bb)
5. Kristina Holst – 267,000 (223 bb)
6. Lucas Blanco Oliver – 263,000 (219 bb)
7. Corey Hochman – 260,400 (217 bb)
8. Anthony Spinella – 226,700 (189 bb)
9. David Pham – 224,300 (187 bb)
10. Justin Bonomo – 219,800 (183 bb)
Day 3 gets underway at 12 noon tomorrow in Vegas and, given the size of the field, will play another 7 levels. 70 more players will get paid along with the top two, who will top 7-figures each.
Follow along with the WPT Live updates team at WPT.com.