Esfandiari Widens Lead at WPT Five Diamond

Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

The 2010 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic played down to 54 Sunday with Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari separating himself from the pack.

The WSOP bracelet winner and WPT title holder became the first player past the one million chip mark and ended the day with a more than 300,000 chip lead over his closest opponent - Canadian WSOPC ring winner Doug Lee.

Also holding onto spots in the top ten are names like Vanessa Rousso, Freddy Deeb and Bryn Kenney.

The legendary Doyle Brunson, for whom the tournament was named, currently sits 13th.

The 100-person money bubble popped midway through the day Sunday with stars like Phil Ivey, Isaac Baron, David Chui, Johnny Chan, and Jason Mercier cashing, but failing to advance to Day 4.

A total of 438 players entered the 2010 WPT Five Diamond main event at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, creating a $4,248,600 prize pool with $870,124 set aside for first.

The event will play down to a winner Wednesday, Dec. 8, which also happens to be Esfandiari's 32nd birthday.

Play will resume on Day 4 Monday at 12 p.m. PT.

To follow all the action, tune in to PokerListings' WPT Live Updates.

Below are the current top ten chip counts:

1 Antonio Esfansiari 1,082,500

2 Doug Lee 702,500

3 Vanessa Rousso 694,000

4 Freddy Deeb 654,000

5 Nicholas Phillips 559,000

6 Jerry Young 550,000

7 Ray Dehkharghani 522,000

8 Charles Caris 512,000

9 Bryn Kenney 458,000

10 Kianoosh Mohajeri 452,000

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