Esfandiari, Clements Among Leaders at Stacked WPT Five Diamond

The final World Poker Tour event of the year is shaping up to be a good one.

With 49 of the starting 413 remaining at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Kyle Julius leads with 1,457,000. He’s followed by former November Niner Soi Nguyen with 1,380,000.

After that, plenty of storylines to follow.

Last year’s champ Antonio Esfandiari is stacked third overall with 805,000.

Two women still remain, giving us one last shot this year for the WPT’s first ever female open event champ. Vanessa Selbst, a woman, is among the big stacks with 414,000. Dee Dozier, a woman, makes her first major title run and is stacked at 161,500.

A total of six former WPT champs are still in the field. Along with the aforementioned Esfandiari, also remaining are The Intense Stare of Scott Clements (563,500), David Williams (305,000), the man the myth the legend, Black Phil Ivey, Big Sldick, the one and only Dwyte Pilgrim (252,000), Jonathan Little (182,500), and Matt Giannetti (112,500).

On top of that–some underrated players (albeit not quite Curt Kohlberg Anonymously Good All-Star level underrated) vie for…dare we say…WPT glory? Andrew Lichtenberger (530,500), Matt Glantz (505,000), Brent Roberts (392,500), Matt Marafioti (336,500), and Peter Jetten (200,500) all remain.

But that’s not even where it ends. Some big names with huge tournament success over the years are still in contention for their first title. Among them include “the resurgent” Allen Cunningham (290,500), WPT Raw Deal commentator Tony Dunst (232,500), David “The Dragon” Pham* (143,000), and grinding out the short-stack as always, Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler (57,500).

Should be an exciting couple of days. Get full chip counts and follow the action here.

* Not a real dragon.


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