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The 2018 World Poker Tour (WPT) Five Diamond World Poker Classic has been host to non-stop action with several tournaments running alongside each other. Even as action is on in the $10,000 Main Event where the record-breaking 1,001-player field was whittled down to 180 players at end of Day 2, the $25,000 High Roller wrapped up on Tuesday with German pro Manig Loeser emerging the champion for $321,300.
In other events, the $10,000 PLO High Roller registered 29 runners with Sam Soverel outlasting them all for $116,000, even as the $10,000 Mixed Games title was taken down by John Hennigan, who banked $110,400 in the process.
The $25,000 High Roller title came down to heads-up play between Loeser and Elio Fox with Fox finally prevailing to win the title. His title win comes close on the heels of his runner-up finish at the 2018 888poker LIVE London Super High Roller where he had picked up $22,978. This victory in the High Roller at the ongoing series fetched Loeser his fifth biggest career score and has taken his live tournament winnings to $8,578,605.
The $25,000 High Roller attracted 42 entries making for a total prize pool of just over a million with $1,050,000 in prize money. After his win, Loeser shared the news on Twitter.
Made it to Vegas in time to win the $25k Bellagio Five♦️High Roller! pic.twitter.com/NRV55aKryF
— ManigLoeser (@swordfish007) December 9, 2018
$25,000 High Roller Final Table Recap
The final table was a star-studded affair with several top-notch pros in action. Nick Petrangelo lost his chances to win the event after being railed out in sixth place.
Cary Katz crashed out in fifth place and Dan Smith followed them to the rail in fourth place.
Jake Schindler then ran out of chips and was eventually eliminated in third place.
The two remaining contenders, Elio Fox and Loeser played out several hands in the heads-up match before halting the play to discuss a deal. With the heads-up deal locked-in they resumed play and soon Loeser proved his mettle, running down Fox in the final hand to win the title.
1. Manig Loeser – $321,300*
2. Elio Fox – $308,700*
3. Jake Schindler – $168,000
4. Dan Smith – $105,000
5. Cary Katz – $84,000
6. Nick Petrangelo – $63,000
*denotes heads-up deal
Shattering all previous participation records, and setting a new benchmark, at the WPT Five Diamond, the $10,000 Main Event this year (Season XVIII) saw 1,001 runners enter the field, improving upon last year`s numbers that had recorded 812 entries.
Day 2 has now concluded with 180 players left in the fray. Multiple bracelet winner and online poker star Calvin Anderson (789,000) leads the charge among the 180 survivors to Day 3. Anderson was among the top stacks for most part of Day 1 and he maintained his lead all the way through Day 2.
“It went smooth. I don’t like to brag on myself or anything, but I got it in for six flips and lost them all. And I got Queens to Jacks once and won that. Besides that, I’ve been taking pots post-flop mostly and just either my bluffs worked or I made a hand and get paid. That’s kind of how it’s been going,” Anderson said, talking about his run on Day 2.
He added, “December’s my favorite month of the year because a lot of people have extra money and they come out and spend it. This is a phenomenal tournament. I didn’t expect it to be this good.”
Going into Day 3, Anderson is just 5,000 in chips ahead of WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehan (784,000) who is a close second in chips. Also among the big stacks are Mike Cordell (666,000) and Dan Shak (628,000).
Two former Five Diamond gold medalists James Romero (305,000) and Ryan Tosoc (162,000) have also progressed to Day 3. Also joining them on Day 3 will be Antonio Esfandiari (280,000), Mohsin Charania (240,000), and Joe Hachem (106,000).
It didn’t go so well for many accomplished players who fell short of the finish line. These included superstars like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, David Peters, Maria Ho, Sam Panzica, Art Papazyan, and Alex Foxen, among others.
1.Calvin Anderson – 789,000
2. Joe McKeehan – 784,000
3. Mike Cordell – 666,000
4. Dan Shak – 628,000
5. Farid Jattin – 570,000
6. Darren Elias – 569,000
7. Alan Schein – 554,000
8. Brian Altman – 520,000
9. Mo Arani – 520,000
10. Paul Klann-465,000
The $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller attracted 29 entries and five players took home a share of the prize money. Sam Soverel emerged the champion and took home the lion`s share of $116,000 after defeating Jonathan Depa heads-up. Yu banked $75,400 for his runner-up finish.
Prior to them, Ryan Tosoc was eliminated in fifth place, followed by Michael Song and Josh Ladines who crashed out in fourth and third place respectively.
Sam Soverel – Winner of $10,000 PLO High Roller
1.Sam Soverel – $116,000
2. Jonathan Depa – $75,400
3. Josh Ladines – $46,400
4. Michael Song- $29,000
5. Ryan Tosoc – $23,200
A total of 24 hopefuls joined the race to win the $10,000 Mixed Games title. Only the top four players earned payouts and it was John Hennigan who captured the title for $110,400.
Hennigan sailed his way into the heads-up stage where he came up against Ben Yu whom he relegated to second place to claim victory. Yu pocketed $67,200.
Some big names that made the money line included Randy Ohel, who finished third and John Racener, who finished fourth.
1.John Hennigan – $110,400
2. Ben Yu – $67,200
3. Randy Ohel – $38,400
4. John Racener – $24,000
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