World Poker Tour Five Diamond Main Event Day 1: Robin Hegele Leads

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World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic: Day-1

The World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio in Las Vegas kicked off its 15th anniversary event on Monday, Dec. 5 with a star-studded field loaded with some of the biggest names in the game. At the end of the first day’s action of World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic, the field size had swelled to an exciting 519 entries, and all signs point to an even bigger field than last year’s 639 entries. At the end of Day 1 last year, this event had tallied 439 entries.

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The record for the World Poker Tour® Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event is 664 from 2007. Given the rapid pace this year’s field is on, there’s a very solid chance we could see  anew record of entries. The total prize pool has already reached $5 million, and it will continue to grow as the field size increases. Remember, registration will remain open until the beginning of Level 9 on Tuesday’s Day 2, which is at about 5:15 p.m. local time tomorrow. Plus there are unlimited re-entries.

At the end of Day 1, Germany’s Robin Hegele was the chip leader with 185,000 and approximately 385 entrants remaining according to

2016 World Poker Tour® Five Diamond Day 1 Unofficial Top 10 Chip Counts

Rank Player Chips
1 Robin Hegele 185,000 (463 bb)
2 Lucas Blanco Oliver 139,325 (348 bb)
3 Andjelko Andrejevic 136,400 (341 bb)
4 Jennifer Tilly 134,225 (336 bb)
5 Chris Wieners 121,000 (302 bb)
6 David Pham 120,100 (300 bb)
7 Soren Jensen 116,975 (292 bb)
8 Lazaro Hernandez 106,975 (267 bb)
9 Corey Hochman 106,150 (265 bb)
10 Nicholas Manganaro 104,350 (261 bb)

Day 1 of the Season XV World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event began at 12 p.m. local time with players starting off with 30,000 opening chips and blinds at 50/100. The deep-stacked affair provides plenty of action with unlimited reentries and blinds going up every 90 minutes.

Robin Hegele’s path to the Day 1 unofficial chip lead was catapulted by a hand involving Team PokerStars Pro and 2004 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic champion Daniel Negreanu and poker pro and model Lily Kiletto during Level 3 with blinds at at 75/150 with a 25 ante. The hand began with Peter Neff opening the action with a bet of 400 from the hijack before Hegele raised to 1,200 from the cutoff. Kid Poker then four-bet to 5,000 on the button before Kiletto shoved all-in with a five-bet from the small blind. Neff got out of the way before Hegele six-bet shoved all-in and Negreanu calling his remaining chip stack of approximately 33,000.

Hegele: {A-Spades}{K-Spades} – 39%
Negreanu: {J-Spades}{J-Hearts} – 43%
Kiletto: {10-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} – 18%

Negreanu began the hand as a 43 percent favorite and improved to a 66 percent favorite after the {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} appeared on the flop. However, the tables were turned after the {A-Clubs} appeared on the turn making Hegele a more than 90 percent favorite to win the hand. The {8-Diamonds} sealed the deal for Hegele, temporarily sending both Negreanu and Kiletto to the felts before reloading.

Negreanu’s day turned out to be more expensive as he has thus far fired six bullets in the tournament. However, on his last bullet he was able to navigate his way to an 80,000 chip stack to enter Day 2 with 200 big blinds.

Big names to amass big chip stacks on Day 1 according to the unofficial chip counts included Spain’s Lucas Blanco Oliver (139,125), Serbia’s Andjelko Andrejevic (136,400), and Americans Jennifer Tilly (134,225), David Pham (120,100), Grayson Ramage (103,675), and Brian Rast (95,300).

Day 2 is set to kick off at 12 p.m. local time with blinds at 200/400 and an ante of 25. Tune into PokerNews tomorrow to see if the record for the field size of the 15-year history of this event was smashed along with the latest news on the Season XV World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event.

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