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Rousso Leads Star-Filled Final at WPT Five Diamond
A final six full of stars was set at the 2010 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas Tuesday.
After helping Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari make his chip lead dissapear in the early part of the day with a huge call for her tournament life, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso seemed to have the best of it all day on the way to building a healthy chip lead heading into Wednesday's final.
Rousso, who made $1,342,590 in her best year as a pro in 2009, will be looking to turn around a less than exciting 2010 by booking the $870,124 win and looks like a good bet to do so with 2.6 million more chips than her nearest opponent.
However, that opponent is no less than 2010 WSOP Main Event runner-up John Racener, just weeks off his $5.5 million Main Event payday.
High-Stakes cash pro Andrew Robl just booked his career best live tournament score at October's EPT London High Roller event and has a shot at improving upon that coming into his first WPT final table third in chips.
Meanwhile, veteran pro Kirk Morrision, as famous for a string of disappearing acts as big scores like his $2 million second-place finish in the 2007 WPT Championship, sits fourth.
Esfandiari avoided a total meltdown and will bring around two million chips and more than an outside shot at adding to the WPT and WSOP titles on his resume in the final, while the venerable Ted Lawson, who hasn't booked a six-figure score since 2008, will come in as the short stack.
All six players are guaranteed at least $126,693.
The final table will go off in front of the WPT cameras at Bellagio beginning at 4 p.m. PT Wednesday.
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Here's the chip counts coming in:
1 Vanessa Rousso 5,830,000
2 John Racener 3,235,000
3 Andrew Robl 3,210,000
4 Kirk Morrison 2,650,000
5 Antonio Esfandiari 2,105,000
6 Ted Lawson 635,000