Much like Jean-Robert Bellande's Survivor: China appearance, his time in the sun at the WPT Five Diamond Classic ended abruptly and well short of the big prize last night.
Bellande, who entered Day 5 play yesterday with just 21 players left and a solid chip lead, couldn't hold his ground for very long.
Still in the chip lead with 16 players left Bellande shortly after folded in a sizable pot with Joe Serock before doubling up Andy Philachack.
A slow slide to the cashier's desk followed as Bellande was whittled down to the short stack entering 10-handed play and busted shortly after. Bellande took home $52k for his troubles - well short of his anticipated score:
Dan Smith Leads, Final Six Stacked
The beneficiary of Bellande's final chips, Dan Smith, will be the chip leader and heavy favorite to win the $1.1 title when play picks up at 4 pm today in Las Vegas.
Smith, a tournament crusher with over $4.5m in career live scores, will have 3,720,000 in chips to start play. Australian Gary Benson is second with 3,110,000.
Tough and tested pros Eddy Sabat, Joe Serock, Barry Hutter and Shaun Suller round out the final six. Official final table and chip counts:
- 1. Dan Smith 3,720,000
- 2. Gary Benson 3,110,000
- 3. Shaun Suller 2,425,000
- 4. Joe Serock 1,615,000
- 5. Eddy Sabat 1,540,000
- 6. Barry Hutter 1,265,000
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