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World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Starts Tuesday

A Preview of The WPT Main Event and A Look At The Prelim Winners At Bellagio

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Since it opened its doors in 1998, Bellagio has been a central figure in the poker world, hosting some of the biggest cash games and richest tournaments in the history of the game. The tradition of poker excellence is sure to continue as the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,300 no-limit hold’em main event gets underway on Tuesday, December 4th, with re-entries and late registration continuing until through the eighth level of play.

This event is one of Bellagio’s most popular tournaments, and has been an integral part of the WPT’s yearly schedule for a decade now. It boasts an impressive list of prior champions that reads like a who’s who of tournament poker, including Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Eugene Katchalov, Daniel Alaei and Antonio Esfandiari.

At the 2011 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, James Dempsey topped a field of 413 entrants to earn $821,612 and his first WPT title. Dempsey had to outlast an incredibly tough final table featuring the likes of Vanessa Selbst, Andrew Lichtenberger and Antonio Esfandiari, who had won this same event just a year earlier.

For players who bust out of this year’s main event and are still craving high stakes action, a $25,000 buy-in no-limit high roller kicks off on Dec. 7th.

Big Names Prevail In Five Diamond Prelims

Thomas MarcheseWhile the main event and the high roller will undoubtedly award the largest prizes of the series, there has already been plenty of noteworthy action in the preliminary events at Bellagio.

Dwyte Pilgrim outlasted a field of 140 to win the kickoff $1,080 tournament, pocketing $43,453 for the victory.

2010 Card Player Player of the Year Thomas Marchese won his eighth career title by emerging victorious in a $2,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, earning $51,117 while outlasting a final table that featured fellow pros Justin Young and David Sands.

2012 World Series of Poker main event fifth-place finisher Jeremy Ausmus won $78,572 and his second career tournament title in a $1,080 no-limit event with 270 entrants.

David Belaich topped an 86-player field in the $5,180 buy-in no-limit hold’em event to earn $158,644. Other final tablists in that event include Zach Clark, Sam Stein, Brian Rast, Joey Weissman and Matt Stout.