The Season XVI WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic continued on Friday at Bellagio in Las Vegas, and it was Dan Smith (pictured) taking down the $100,000 Super High Roller title to pocket $1.404 million in prize money. Smith defeated Daniel Negreanu in heads-up play.
Negreanu earned $936,000 for his runner-up performance.
The event attracted 39 entries to the Bellagio Poker Room, and the top six places were set to pay out from the $3.9 million prize pool. After Stephen Chidwick bubbled the event in seventh place, the final six players locked up a six-figure payday. Falling first was Bryn Kenney for $234,000, and then the final five players bagged up their chips to return to play to a winner on Friday.
Coming into Friday’s finale, Isaac Haxton had the chip lead with 1.81 million in his stack. Negreanu was second with 1.472 million. In addition to Smith, Stefan Schillhabel and Sergio Aido were the other players remaining.
Aido fell first, taking home $312,000 for his fifth-place finish and earning the third largest live tournament score of his career, according to HendonMob.com. Haxton was next to go, despite starting the day with the chip lead, and he took home $390,000.
With Haxton’s elimination, three WPT Champions Club members remained. Smith won the Season XII WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event for $1.161 million. Negreanu also won an edition of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event, taking the Season III title, but only after he had already won his first World Poker Tour title by taking down the Season III WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship. Those two victories alone earned Negreanu nearly $2.9 million. Schillhabel won the Season XIV WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event for $1.298 million. Read More