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World Poker Tour -- Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 2

Many Top Names at the Top Including the Tournament’s Namesake Doyle Brunson

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Doyle BrunsonDay 2 has come to a close at the 2010 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic and there are 137 players named on the final chip counts for the night. The total prize pool is $4,248,600 thanks to the 438 players that entered this $10,000 event. The field represents 33 percent year-over-year growth over last year’s Five Diamond event, which featured a $15,000 buy-in. The top 100 players will walk away with prize money in this event and the money bubble should burst early tomorrow. Here is a look at the full payout structure:

1. $870,124
2. $549,003
3. $358,964
4. $232,271
5. $168,924
6. $126,693
7. $97,131
8. $67,570
9. $59,123
10. $50,677
11-15. $42,231
16-20. $33,785
21-30. $25,339
31-40. $21,116
41-50. $16,892
51-70. $13,725
71-100. $12,669

At the top of those chip counts at the end of play is Antonio Esfandiari with 485,600. Rounding out the top three are Daniel Fuhs with 397,500 and Faraz Jaka with 364,400. Jaka finished in third place at this event last year and he has set himself up nicely for another deep run in 2010.

Ryan D’Angelo took the chip lead into day 2 but after multiple clashes with Jaka, the latter saw his stack ascend to the top 10, while the former was eliminated by the end of play. Here is a six-figure clash from today’s live coverage: Jaka raised to 2,000 from middle position and D’Angelo made the call from the small blind. The flop fell 7Heart Suit 4Club Suit 2Heart Suit and D’Angelo check-called a 2,700 bet from Jaka. The turn fell 10Heart Suit and D’Angelo check-called again, this time for 7,800.

The river fell 3Club Suit and D’Angelo check-called a third time, this one costing him 38,000. D’Angelo flipped over 10Diamond Suit 10Club Suit and Jaka revealed AHeart Suit 8Heart Suit. Jaka was up to 245,000 after the hand and D’Angelo held 97,000.

Here is the look that CardPlayer TV took at the battle between Jaka and D’Angelo earlier today:

The top 10 is jam packed with the top names in poker, including Phil Ivey, Vanessa Rousso, Sorel Mizzi, and the poker legend that this event is named after Doyle Brunson. This tournament could very well feature one of the most talented final tables of the year once again, after hosting six well-known professionals in 2009.

These big stars will be joined by the rest of the survivors tomorrow at noon PDT for five more levels of poker. They will surely play deep into the money tomorrow so check back for more live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos from CardPlayer TV. Here is a look at the top of the leader board:

1 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 485,600
2 DANIEL FUHS 397,500
3 FARAZ JAKA 364,400
4 DOUGLAS LEE 355,000
5 VANESSA ROUSSO 334,100
6 SOREL MIZZI 332,400
7 KEITH GIPSON 325,100
8 PHIL IVEY 308,100
9 DOYLE BRUNSON 295,400
10 NICHOLAS MITCHELL 290,100

Notable Day 2 Eliminations: Nam Le, Kathy Liebert, Lauren Kling, Josh Arieh, J.C. Tran, Kevin Saul, Layne Flack, Scotty Nguyen, Tony Dunst, Phil Hellmuth, Shannon Shorr, Shaun Deeb, Scott Fischman, Chris Bjorin, Chris Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Adam Levy, Brock Parker, Jean-Robert Bellande, Jen Harman, Joe Tehan, Bertrand Grospellier, David Oppenheim, Ryan D’Angelo, Erik Seidel, Erica Schoenberg, Erik Cajelais, and the defending champion Daniel Alaei.