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World Poker Tour -- Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 3

Antonio Esfandiari Leads Final 54 Players

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Antonio EsfandiariAfter three days of play, the 2010 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic is now down to the final six tables.

Day 3 began after a small delay because of the Las Vegas Marathon, but little did the players know that they were in for a marathon of their own once the action started.

It took less than two levels to reach the money bubble at 101 players, but over an hour before a bubble boy was crowned. Finally, Ali Eslami’s big slick failed to connect against his opponent’s pocket tens to leave the rest of the field at least $12,669.

Ali EslamiThe bubble bursting couldn’t have come at a better time for Eric Mizrachi, who found himself down to just over one big blind when Eslami hit the rail. Mizrachi managed to double up a few times, but his comeback fell short in 71st place.

Other notables to finish in the money included Matt Affleck (100th), Justin Young (98th), Hoyt Corkins (95th), John Juanda (92nd), Chau Giang (89th), Jason Mercier (83rd), Jon Van Fleet (82nd), Phil Ivey (80th), Dwyte Pilgrim (70th), Johnny Chan (64th), David Chiu (63rd), Jon Turner (62nd), Isaac Baron (58th) and Jason Koon (55th).

Jeff ShulmanWith a list of casualties as prestigious as that, you might think that the surviving field may be full of unknowns, but you’d be wrong. The chip leader entering day 4 will be Antonio Esfandiari and he is followed closely behind by Doug Lee, Vanessa Rousso and Bryn Kenney.

Other notables who are still in contention include Jonathan Little, Doyle Brunson, Sorel Mizzi, David Baker, David Sklansky and Card Player’s own Jeff Shulman.

The action at the Bellagio will resume at noon on Monday. Take a look at the official overnight chip counts and seating assignments below.

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count Table Seat
1 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 1,082,500 59 8
2 DOUG LEE 702,500 61 8
3 VANESSA ROUSSO 694,000 60 2
4 FREDDY DEEB 654,000 59 6
5 NICK PHILLIPS 559,000 61 9
6 JERRY YOUNG 550,000 60 5
7 RAY DEHKHARGHANI 522,000 58 6
8 CHARLES CARIS 512,000 63 6
9 BRYN KENNEY 458,000 60 7
10 KIA MOHAJERI 452,000 59 4
11 BRUNO LALONDE 450,000 58 9
12 JONATHAN LITTLE 449,000 63 2
13 DOYLE BRUNSON 446,000 61 4
14 SOREL MIZZI 436,500 62 3
15 ANDREW LICHTENBERGER 434,000 63 9
16 KIRK MORRISON 430,500 58 8
17 PHIL TOM 405,000 59 7
18 NICK MITCHELL 402,500 63 4
19 DANIEL FUHS 372,500 60 9
20 EUGENE KATCHALOV 365,000 60 1
21 PETE VILANDOS 363,000 61 1
22 WILL FAILLA 345,000 63 5
23 CHRIS DEMACI 337,500 60 4
24 JOSHUA WEISS 329,500 63 7
25 WINFRED YU 329,000 62 5
26 MARCO TRANIELLO 315,000 59 9
27 TED LAWSON 310,000 61 2
28 THOR HANSEN 309,500 61 7
29 JOSE LUIS VELADOR 290,000 58 5
30 BRIAN LAMKIN 288,000 60 8
31 AMIT MAKHIJA 287,000 59 3
32 SAMUEL BEKERIAN 273,500 62 1
33 DANIEL SHAK 261,000 62 4
34 MICHAEL GRACZ 251,500 59 5
35 JEFFREY ISHBIA 247,000 58 3
36 BENJAMIN PALMER 246,500 61 6
37 ANDREW ROBL 237,000 62 6
38 ANDY FRANKENBERGER 233,000 62 8
39 DAVID BAKER 225,500 63 3
40 GEORGE CARIVEAU 174,500 60 3
41 SCOTT VENER 154,000 58 1
42 JOHN RACENER 137,000 58 7
43 RUSSELL ROSENBLUM 126,500 58 2
44 HAFIZ KHAN 120,000 58 4
45 TIM WEST 113,500 59 1
46 CHRISTOPHER OROURKE 107,500 63 1
47 ZAIDEN GERAIGE 100,000 62 7
48 MICHAEL KUCINSKI 99,000 62 9
49 JAMES CALDERARO 96,500 61 3
50 PAUL LIEU 96,000 62 2
51 CHEE CHAN 90,500 59 2
52 DAVID SKLANSKY 90,500 63 8
53 ALLEN KESSLER 90,500 61 5
54 JEFFREY SHULMAN 56,500 60 6