Yesterday was a day where three final tables were set, with the WPT Prague, Eureka Prague and now the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic having established its final six to be played later tonight.
The televised event will be kicking off a little later today, with Antonio Esfandiari stretching his lead at the top to three consecutive days. He now has a total of 4.3 million, though he is not as far ahead as he would like with Shawn Buchanan about 900k behind with 3,465,000. Andrew Lichtenberger is then just a further 500k behind them, so the final table is certainly going to be an interesting affair.
This final table is easily one of the strongest that has been seen for some time, especially at a WPT event. Each one of these players is more than capable of pulling off the win here, meaning the viewing is guaranteed to be high octane stuff.
In fact, the quality of the field was what made Day 5 so good to watch, each of the players that played out the day were all very calculated, with mistakes at a bare minimum. This level of play is expected to carry on over to the final table, with this event far from over with regards to surprises just yet.
With so many top class players in the final 22, it was a shame that we had to lose most of them. We saw names like Eddie Sabat, Noah Schwartz, Jason Somerville, Andrew Robl, Freddy Deeb, Jeremy Ausmus, Joe Elpayaa and the ever tactical Aguiar. It just goes to show the quality of the final table with names like those having been pushed aside for it to be created.
The final table will be getting played at 4pm local time today, with those final six somehow being squashed right down to the eventual winner. Esfandiari has already won this event before, back in 2010, with him also managing to hit the final table and finish fourth last year too. He has now made it three final tables in three years, however, can he managed to make it two titles in three years?
Check with us once the event has been completed to find out just that, or whether he just falls short and allows somebody else a chance in this event.
The Final Table!
Antonio Esfandiari – 4,310,000
Shawn Buchanan – 3,465,000
Andrew Lichtenberger – 2,940,000
Thomas Winters – 1,615,000
Jeremy Kottler – 1,515,000
Ravi Raghaven – 1,250,000