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World Poker Tour -- Five Diamond World Poker Classic Begins Friday

The Final $10,000 WPT Main Event of 2010 Will Crown a Champion on December 8

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Thomas MarcheseThe World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic begins at noon PDT on Friday, December 3 at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Card Player will be live on the scene to bring you all of the action in live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos from CardPlayer TV. Last year this event featured one of the most stacked final tables of 2009, and Daniel Alaei eventually beat Josh Arieh to win the title and $1,428,430 in prize money.

Players will be able to buy in through the first eight levels in the championship event, so registration will close around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The preliminary events have been attracting Card Player Player of the Year contenders throughout this past week, and the current leader Thomas Marchese scored his second tournament win of the year at his 11th final table on Sunday. Marchese won a $1,000 no-limit hold’em event with rebuys.

There were 99 players in the field who purchased 65 rebuys to build a $159,080 prize pool. Marchese took home the largest slice of that pie, $45,958, to go along with 252 POY Points. He increased his total to 6,738, and he now holds a 1,162–point lead over Dwyte Pilgrim.

Here is a look at the schedule for this year’s championship event:

NOTE: All tournament days begin at noon, with the exception of the final table, which begins at 4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3: Day 1 – play five levels
Saturday, Dec. 4: Day 2 – play five levels
Sunday, Dec. 5: Day 3 – play five levels
Monday, Dec. 6: Day 4 – play five levels
Tuesday, Dec. 7: Day 5 – play down to final table of six
Wednesday, Dec. 8: Final Table

This will be the last WPT event for the year 2010. For the first event next year the WPT will head to the shores of the Gulf Coast for the Southern Poker Championship in Biloxi, Mississippi from January 23-27.

2009 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic:

Buy-in: $15,000
Number of Entries: 329
Total Prize Pool: $4,761,450
First-Place Prize: $1,428,430
Places Paid: 27

Final-Table Results:

1: Daniel Alaei — $1,428,430
2: Josh Arieh — $952,290
3: Faraz Jaka — $571,374
4: Shawn Buchanan — $333,302
5: Scotty Nguyen — $249,976
6: Steve O’Dwyer — $202,362