Fang Leads 5 Diamond, Schwartz Alpha8 in WPT Windups at Bellagio

Yi Fang
Yi Fang

The final World Poker Tour events for 2014 are wrapping things up in a big way at the Bellagio in Las Vegas with Yi Fang and Noah Schwartz rolling to leads.

A booming WPT Five Diamond main event is down to just 33 players from the starting field of 586 with the gregarious Fang on top heading to Day 5.

Fang, who's mostly remembered for his turn at the feature table on the 2013 WSOP broadcast, bagged 1,311,000 overnight to lead Isaac Baron (1m), Ryan Fee (996,000) and Garrett Greer (979,000).

Also bringing a stack into Day 5 is Daniel Negreanu, who caused a slight bit of controversy over "buying" a stack on Day 2 thanks to unlimited rebuys available.

Daniel Negreanu
Not hesitant to rebuy.

Negreanu ended up buying in five times and made it to the end of Day 4 with 378,000.

He'll still have to turn his below-average stack into something more to get near the final six and a shot at a second career WPT 5 Diamond title.

The current top six:

  • 1. Yi Fang 1,311,000
  • 2. Isaac Baron 1,012,000
  • 3. Ryan Fee 996,000
  • 4. Garrett Greer 979,000
  • 5. Jared Jaffee 967,000
  • 6. Keven Stammen 932,000

For a full rundown of the action so far and for updates from the Bellagio today, check the WPT Live Updates.

Schwartz, Laak, Koon Lead WPT Alpha8

While the "regular" WPT event plays out in the main tournament room the televised feature set will see some big action today with Day 2 of the $100k WPT Alpha8.

A record-breaking 48 entries registered for this one (with a few more likely to come in today) making it the biggest Alpha8 event ever.

Noah Schwartz
Schwartz: Looking to close 2014 in style.

An even 30 of the original 48 are back for action today led by Noah Schwartz (1,095,000), Phil Laak (783,000) and Jason Koon (747,500).

Plenty of other notables remain in contention including Dan Colman, WPT Alpha 8 St. Kitts champ Jason Mercier, Dan Cates, Doug Polk and Erik Seidel.

Just the full list of entrants and follow along with the live updates right here. The current top six:

  • 1. Noah Schwartz 1,095,000
  • 2. Phil Laak 783,000
  • 3. Jason Koon 747,500
  • 4. Jake Schindler 736,500
  • 5. Jason Les 668,000
  • 6. Darren Elias 643,000
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