Chino Rheem proves himself at Five Diamond

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For years, one of the most prestigious tournaments among the pros has been the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

The event's location in Poker Central and its large $15,000 main event buy-in combine to mean almost all of the big-name pros show up to throw down. This year's main event brought out 497 players, with the final six fighting for the win until late last night.

After making a run at the 2008 WSOP Main Event final table, David "Chino" Rheem's seventh-place finish was somewhat of a disappointment for him, threatening to add him to the list of nobody players to get somewhat lucky at WSOP time.

Except for the pros who've played with him for years, in the eyes of the general public, this seventh-place finish was all Rheem had ever done.

Last night Rheem proved to the world that he's no one-hit wonder. After a few days of epic battles, and a five hour slug-fest heads-up session, David "Chino" Rheem took home a first-place finish title, and over $1.5 million in prize money.

When asked about how he felt about playing a final table with not one, but two of his good friends (Steve Sung and Amnon Filippi), Rheem said, "Only one person can win; if it's got to be me, then I'll take it."

Naturally, he would have liked to see a 1-2-3 finish among him and his friends, but when it comes down to it, every professional poker player is playing to win.

For more words from Chino about his win, check out his video interview.

If you'd like to read a full write-up of the final table and heads-up battle, check out the final blog on the event, or read about the entire tournament in the live updates.

No doubt the bars of Vegas were lit up last night by Rheem and his entourage, who together have over 2.2 million reasons to celebrate.


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