Hughes, Harder Hunt for $1.9m w/ 75 Left at WPT 5 Diamond

Chip leader Ryan Hughes (Photo: WPT)

The biggest World Poker Tour $10k event ever has winnowed its field down to just 75 players after a long day of play in Las Vegas yesterday.

Close to 300 players returned for Day 3 action and played through 7 levels to just about make the money at 72 players.

Three players will return today and leave empty-handed but the rest will share in the $7m+ prize pool.

Leading the hunt for the big prize is Ryan Hughes, who bagged up the only $1m+ chip stack on the day at 1,212,500 (202 bb).

Behind him in the top 5 are veteran pros Christian Harder (829,500) and Justin Bonomo (767,500) and a slew of the game's most notable names still fighting for one of the biggest payouts of the year.

Esfandiari Hangs In, Negreanu Exits

Among the 75 survivors is Antonio Esfandiari, a 3-time final tablist of this event. He doubled up late in the day with AQ > QQ to give himself close to 400k to end the night.

Can Antonio make it 4?

Not returning today, despite his best effort with $60,000 in buy-ins, is Daniel Negreanu, who finally succumbed just after the dinner break.

Other notables heading to Day 4 today include Dzmitry Urbanovich (513,500), Dan Smith (467,500), JC Tran (344,000), Anatoly Filatov (337,500), Mike Matusow (245,500) and Joe Hachem (159,500).

Former NFL lineman Richard Seymour also made the cut for Day 4 with 230,000.

Players return at 12 noon today at the Bellagio to play down into the money.

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The Top 5 to start the day:

1. Ryan Hughes – 1,212,500 (202 bb)
2. Christian Harder – 829,500 (138 bb)
3. James Romero – 771,000 (129 bb)
4. Justin Bonomo – 767,500 (128 bb)
5. Yan Lavrovsky – 720,500 (120 bb)

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