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World Poker Tour -- Five Diamond World Poker Classic Day 4

Antonio Esfandiari Leads the Way – Sorel Mizzi Continues his POY Chase – Doyle Brunson Eliminated in 18th Place

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Antonio EsfandiariThe World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic is once again supplying a number of compelling story lines that are running deep into the $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event. Day 4 saw the field shrink from 54 players down to the final 15, and there was a lot of drama provided by those who still remain as well as the players who busted.

The chip leader at the end of play tonight is Antonio Esfandiari with 2,680,000. He is joined at the top by an impressive collection of professionals that include 2010 World Series of Poker main event runner up John Racener, Andrew Robl, Kirk Morrison, Luis Velador, Andrew Lichtenberger, Vanessa Rousso, Chris DeMaci, Amit Makhija, Ted Lawson, and Daniel Fuhs.

One top professional survivor can also take the lead late in the Card Player Player of the Year race, but only if he wins the tournament. Sorel Mizzi finished the night with 1,380,000 in chips and if he is victorious at Bellagio he will win 2,400 points and climb to 6,985 points overall, which would be enough to overtake Thomas Marchese for POY the lead.

Just making the final table tomorrow should be a tough task with all of the top talent still in the field. Here are the overnight chip counts:

First Name Last Name Chip Count Table Seat
1 ANTONIO ESFANDIARI 2,680,000 13 2
2 JOHN RACENER JR 1,900,000 4 6
3 ANDREW ROBL 1,750,000 4 2
4 KIANOOSH MOHAJERI 1,694,000 13 1
5 KIRK MORRISON 1,545,000 13 8
6 LUIS VELADOR 1,423,000 4 4
7 SOREL MIZZI 1,380,000 4 7
8 RAY DEHKHARGHANI 1,148,000 4 8
9 ANDREW LICHTENBERGER 915,000 4 9
10 VANESSA ROUSSO 888,000 13 7
11 CHRISTOPHER DEMACI 801,000 13 6
12 AMIT MAKHIJA 756,000 4 1
13 TED LAWSON 400,000 4 5
14 DANIEL FUHS 246,000 13 4
15 CHARLES CARIS 125,000 13 5

Doyle BrunsonBecause the field was so stacked with top professionals throughout the day there were also many notable eliminations, but none more so than the namesake of this tournament, Doyle Brunson. He received a spirited round of applause from everyone in the Fontana Lounge as he exited the field tonight.

On his final hand Vanessa Rousso raised to 40,000 preflop from the cutoff before Brunson moved all in for 247,000. Kia Mohajeri went into the tank for a few minutes before making the call. Rousso mucked and the two live players flipped over their cards:

Brunson: AClub Suit JSpade Suit
Mohajeri: ADiamond Suit KClub Suit

Board: 9Heart Suit 6Spade Suit 6Club Suit 5Heart Suit 4Spade Suit

Brunson was eliminated on the hand in 18th place and he took home $33,785 in prize money.

Perhaps the most bizarre bustout of the day was suffered by David Baker. He was very active and aggressive during the early levels, but he ran into some tough luck after building his stack to 1 million. His final hand was his unluckiest, when he fell at the hands of lady luck and Andrew Robl.

David BakerBakes got the last of his chips into the middle preflop from the cutoff and Robl made the call from the button. Their cards:

Baker: ASpade Suit KSpade Suit
Robl: AClub Suit KClub Suit

Board: KHeart Suit JClub Suit 2Diamond Suit 3Club Suit 2Club Suit

Robl spiked a club on the river to make a flush and he grew his stack to 2.1 million. Baker busted in 28th place and took home $25,339 in prize money.

Here is a look at the full list of cashes from day 4:

First Name Last Name Hometown Prize Money
16 ANDREW FRANKENBERGER NEW YORK, NY $33,785
17 DOUG LEE CALGARY, CA $33,785
18 DOYLE BRUNSON LAS VEGAS, NV $33,785
19 EUGENE KATCHALOV NEW YORK, NY $33,785
20 MARCO TRANIELLO LAS VEGAS, NV $33,785
21 JERRY YOUNG LAS VEGAS, NV $25,339
22 GEORGE CARIVEAU GRAND FORKS, MN $25,339
23 CHRISTOPHER OROURKE TAMPA, FL $25,339
24 FREDDY DEEB IRVINE, CA $25,339
25 THOR HANSEN EL SEGUNDO, CA $25,339
26 JOSHUA WEISS LA JOLLA, CA $25,339
27 WILL FAILLA SMITHTOWN, NY $25,339
28 DAVID BAKER ROCHESTER HILLS, MI $25,339
29 MICHAEL GRACZ RALEIGH, NC $25,339
30 BRUNO LALONDE MONTREAL, CANADA $25,339
31 BEN PALMER LAS VEGAS, NV $21,116
32 BRYN KENNEY LONG BEACH, CA $21,116
33 JAMES CALDERARO VENICE, FL $21,116
34 JEFFREY ISHBIA BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI $21,116
35 ZAIDEN GERAIGE NETO SAO PAULO, BRAZIL $21,116
36 CHEE CHAN ONTARIO, CANADA $21,116
37 PAUL LIEU LAS VEGAS, NV $21,116
38 JONATHAN LITTLE LAS VEGAS, NV $21,116
39 TIM WEST LOS ALTOS, CA $21,116
40 NICHOLAS PHILLIPS HENDERSON, NV $21,116
41 DAN SHAK LAS VEGAS, NV $16,892
42 PANAYOTE VILANDOS HOUSTON, TX $16,892
43 SAMUEL BEKERIAN SHERMAN OAKS, CA $16,892
44 PHILIP TOM LAS VEGAS, NV $16,892
45 ALLEN KESSLER LAS VEGAS, NV $16,892
46 WINFRED YU ONTARIO, CANADA $16,892
47 HAFIZ KHAN STOCKTON, CA $16,892
48 RUSSELL ROSENBLUM LAS VEGAS, NV $16,892
49 DAVID SKLANSKY LAS VEGAS, NV $16,893
T50 JEFFREY SHULMAN LAS VEGAS, NV $14,780
T50 SCOTT VENER LOS ANGELES, CA $14,780
T50 BRIAN LAMKIN HOUSTON, TX $14,780
53 NICHOLAS MITCHELL WEBSTER, NY $13,725
54 MICHAEL KUCINSKI RICE, WA $13,725

Tune back in tomorrow at noon PDT for live coverage and videos from day 5 of this WPT main event, and watch the final 15 players march down to a final television table of six.