WPT 5 Diamond Draws Huge w/ 519 & Counting for Day 1

Jen Tilly (Photo: WPT)

With a buy-in of $10,400 you'd imagine the ceiling for the unlimited rebuys at the WPT 5 Diamond is, well, limited.

You'd be mistaken.

Always one of the favorite events of the year players have come out in droves to the Bellagio for Day 1 this year - and they've come out firing.

With five 90-minute levels done over 500 entries have been forked over to help build what should be a record-breaking prize pool.

The 519 total entries so far is already well over last year's 430 for Day which led to a 639-player field. The all-time record for the event is 664 players in 2007.

With registration open for another 4 levels tomorrow it's on pace to top the all-time record and be the biggest 5 Diamond of all time.

Negreanu In for 6 Already

As you might expect with the $10k buy-in the field of 500+ is more than peppered with a few of poker's elite.

Daniel Negreanu 4
Can't stop won't stop.

Leading the way in pursuit of an early big stack is, of course, Daniel Negreanu. He's a former 5 Diamond winner and Vegas local with a bottomless bankroll so him piling in 6 bullets already in pursuit of a big stack seems inevitable.

Negreanu's previous 5 Diamond win way back in 2004 earned him $1.77m so we can see why he's eager to keep firing. He finished Day 1 on that 6th bullet with 80k.

Alongside DNegs are literally hundreds of the game's best players from Brian Rast and Antonio Esfandiari to Cate Hall and Sam Abernathy to Calvin Anderson and Ankush Mandavia.

World Poker Tour icon and commentator Mike Sexton, a recent WPT Champion himself, is also in the field looking for the famed WPT double.

It's a veritable poker who's who at every table and so far the action has been relentless. Out to an early chip lead after Day 1 is Robin Hegele with 185,000 (463 bb).

Andjelko Andrejevic (136,400), Jen Tilly (134,225) and David "The Dragon" Pham (120,100) are also off to a good start but with a very deep structure and virtually every bustee back in the field tomorrow it's still anybody's ball game.

The ultimate winner, it looks like, will pocket a massive score up near the $2m range for his or her troubles. Follow along with the WPT Live Updates right here with action starting action at 12 pm Vegas time tomorrow.

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