Selbst Out Front as WPT Five Diamond Wraps Day 1

Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst.

In a field stacked with the biggest names in poker, Vanessa Selbst has jumped out to an early chip lead after Day 1 at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

After five levels of play Selbst has built herself a stack of around 165,000 chips to start Day 2 - about 10k clear of the rest of the field.

Following closely on her heels though are an elite top 20 that includes Allen Kessler (108,475), who held the chip lead for the first-time ever in a WPT event earlier in the day, Jack Schanbacher (108,100), Chris Klodnicki (106,750), Will Failla (101,325), Alec Torelli (100,500) and Antonio Esfandiari (97,350).

A field of 365 entrants paid the $10k to play today but with registration open until the end of Level 8 tomorrow the numbers could move well up past 400.

About 300 are left from today’s starting field and, as expected, it’s a who’s who of the poker world. More than 20 of them are also past WPT champions.

Still in the field with chips to play with on Day 2:

Erik Seidel, Matt GiannettiCarlos Mortenson, McLean Karr, Tom Marchese, Justin Bonomo, David Williams, Allen Bari, Isaac Haxton, Daniel Negreanu and Barry Greenstein, among others.

Bustouts today included Matt Stout, Nick Schulman, Sorel Mizzi, Mike Matusow, Victor Ramdin, Joe Cheong, JC Tran and Justin Young.

Action picks up where they left off tomorrow at noon. Follow along with the WPT Live Update team.

Prize pool information won't be known until registration closes around 5 pm tomorrow.

Last year’s winner of the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic was Antonio Esfandiari, who knocked off a tough final table that included Andrew Robl, Vanessa Rousso, John Racener, Kirk Morrison and Ted Lawson.

Esfandiari took home $870,124 for the win. Robl collected $549,003 for second.

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