WPT Bellagio main event begins Thursday

If the initial events of the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic are any indication, the main event, also known as the Doyle Brunson North American Classic, should be quite the show as poker pros and amateurs alike sit down at the felt Thursday.

The pros seem to be hungry for a win at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic this year. Several have made final tables so far in the first 11 events.

The tournament has seen David Pham grabbing second in two different events as well as second place finishes from Tony Ma, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Barry Greenstein, Erik Seidel and Shannon Shorr.

A couple familiar names from the 2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP) are also making a splash at the tournament. Jeff Madsen, the two-time youngest WSOP bracelet winner and WSOP player of the year, came in third in a $2,500 No-Limit Texas Hold'em event.

2006 WSOP Main Event fifth place finisher Rhett Butler also managed to pull down a fourth place finish right behind Madsen in that event.

The most successful pros so far have been David Ulliott, who won the second event of the series, and J.C. Tran, who won the seventh event. Tran's win is a nice follow-up to his recent World Championship of Online Poker main event win at PokerStars.com.

With so many pros already making final tables and cashing in big at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, one can only imagine how the main event will go.

From as little as 152 players in the Seniors $2,500 event to the 540 entrees in the first $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event, attendance rates for the events bodes well for the $15,000 World Poker Tour Season 5 main event. The winner will take home a cash prize as well as a seat in the WPT World Championship.

Five Diamond World Poker Classic event winners:

  • Event 1, $1,500 NLHE: Kevin Song
  • Event 2, $2,000 NLHE: David Ulliott
  • Event 3, $2,500 NLHE: Steve Wong
  • Event 4, $3,000 NLHE: Ralph Perry
  • Event 5, $5,000 NLHE: David Daneshgar
  • Event 6, $1,500 NLHE: Jay Glazer
  • Event 7, $2,000 NLHE: J.C. Tran
  • Event 8, $2,500 NLHE: Danny Wong
  • Event 9, $3,000 NLHE: Daniel Quach
  • Event 10, $5,000 NLHE: Erik Cajelais
  • Event 11, Seniors NLHE: Michael Halford

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