Ivey Among Leaders as WPT Five Diamond Kicks Off

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

The 2010 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic drew a star studded field to the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Friday.

A total of 391 players entered the $10k event throughout the first day's five 90-minute levels and more are expected with registration open until the end of the event's eighth level at close to 5 p.m. PT Saturday.

Many of poker's biggest names were among the Day 1 starters, including Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari, Chau Giang, Vanessa Rousso, Jason Mercier, Scotty Nguyen, Erik Seidel, Barry Greenstein and Freddy Deeb.

As players like Scott Seiver, Vanessa Selbst, Justin Bonomo, Joe Sebok, Frank Kassela and Joseph Cheong hit the rail, names like Ivey, Esfandiari, Kirk Morrison, Matt Keikoan, Justin Young, and Shannon Shorr moved toward the top of the leaderboard.

2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure finalist Ryan D'Angelo grabbed the overnight lead heading into Day 2 Saturday with 287 players remaining.

A $15k event last year, the Five Diamond drew 329 players with Daniel Alaei booking the win against an all-star final table that included Scotty Nguyen, Josh Arieh, Shawn Buchanan, Steve O'Dwyer and 2009 WPT Player of the Year Faraz Jaka.

The 2010 WPT Five Diamond continues through Dec. 8.

For an unprecedented look at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic from Phil Ivey's perspective, tune into PokerListings WPT Live Updates beginning at 12 p.m. PT Saturday.

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