WPT Five Diamond Day 1 – Kottler Heads Large Field
The WPT is a very busy tour right now with this World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic running at the same time as the WPT Prague. With regards to this event, it is a re-entry affair which means some players bought in as many as three times in an attempt to make it into Day 2.
After all of the calculations of registrants and re-entries had been made, it was established that there were a total of 374 entries made into Day 1. This means that this is event is practically guaranteed to beat the total field of last year which was 413. This event is allowing re-entries right up until level 8, which means there are still three levels for players to re-buy back in on Day 2.
As things stand, there will be 306 players going into Day 2 with the current chip leader being Jeremy Kottler with 134,975 chips.
Big Names At The Felt!
James Dempsey is the reigning champion of this event, yet he was joined in this event with the biggest names you will see in poker. Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari, Carlos Mortensen, Tony Dunst, David Baker, Andy Frankenberger, Barry Greenstein and Joe Hachem are just a handful of them with there being many more.
All of those made it through to Day 2 except for Mortensen who has decided he won’t be buying back in either on Day 2. He was joined on that decision by players like Bryce Yokey and the ever talkative Alex Outhred.
Day 2 will be kicking off at noon local time with the 306 players remaining hoping that they can make their way through to Day 3 without having to re-buy back in. Even if they wanted to, they only have a window of three more levels in which to do so.
Though this re-entry format has brought its fair share of criticism, it is certainly turning into one of the most popular events on the calendar. Many players feel the re-entry function makes it unfair to players with smaller bankrolls, who can only afford one shot whilst the bigger names can take as many shots as they wish.
Our answer to that is if they do not like it, there are other events that can be played such as the WPT Prague.
The Current Top Ten!
Jeremy Kottler – 134,975
Randal Flowers – 119,400
Russell Thomas – 108,000
Georghe Gradinaru – 107,425
Shawn Cunix – 102,000
Dana Kellstrom – 99,200
Jeff Yarchever – 98,500
Alex Phahurat – 97,325
Tom Marchese – 84,425
Ty Reiman – 79,000