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2014 World Poker Tour Five Diamond Tournament Series Begins Friday At Bellagio

12-Event Tournament Series To Run From Dec. 5 - 20


The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada has long been the home to some of the biggest cash games and tournament action in the world. In fact, Bellagio has awarded more than $449,000,000 in poker tournament payouts in it’s history, the second most of any casino in the world.

Bellagio is set to continue in it’s tradition of tournament excellence this week as the 2014 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic series get’s underway at noon on Friday, Dec. 5. The series consists of 12 total events running from the 5th through the 20th.

The centerpiece of the whole affair is undeniable the $10,400 WPT no-limit hold’em main event gets underway at noon on Friday, Dec. 6 at the luxurious Bellagio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. The event will span six days, with registration remaining open until the end of the eighth level at approximately 4:30 PM on Tuesday, Dec. 16th. The final table will take place on Dec. 20th and will be recorded for television broadcast. Players receive 30,000 in chips with starting blinds of 50-100 (300 big blinds). Day 1 will see the players do battle for five 90-minute levels.

2013 Champ Dan SmithThis 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, Antonio Esfandiari and Ravi Raghavan.

In 2013 Dan Smith topped a field of 449 entries in this event to win his first WPT title and the $1,161,135 first-place prize.

For players who bust out of this year’s main event and are still craving high stakes action there is a $100,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller, part of the EPT Alpha8 tour, that kicks off at 1:00 PM on Dec. 18th.