Ajay Chabra Leads Final 18 at WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic
11 December 2017
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Ajay Chabra Leads Final 18 at WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

For the second season in a row the coveted WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic attracted a record field, this time with 812 entries, eclipsing last year’s 791, creating a $7.9m prizepool. With just 18 players remaining, two of them are set to win over $1m, with a huge $1,958,000 for the winner. The current front runner is US cash game pro Ajay Chabra.

Day 4 started with 90 players still in contention and still 8 players away from the bubble. On this occasion the unfortunate bubble-boy was last year’s WPT Player of the Year  Benjamin Zamani. Zamani got very unlucky against one of 2017’s stand-out tourney stars, Germany’s Steffen Sontheimer when Zamani’s AK was beaten by his opponent’s KQ when a Queen hit the flop after Zamani had gone all-in preflop.

There were plenty of big names who made the money but who ultimately made their exit on Day 4 including the likes of Cate Hall, Ben Yu, Darren Elias, Tony Gregg, Ashton “theASHMAN103″ Griffin, Sergio Aido, Chance “ChanceCU” Kornuth, David Pham, and Steffen Sontheimer.

The final player to fall on Day 4 was 3-time WPT Champ Chino Rheem who was bidding to become the first ever four-time WPT champion. He left in 19th place for a $44,100 payday.
Chabra is firmly in the lead going into Day 5 with 3.961m, a full 1.2m ahead of his closest rival Sean Perry on 2.747m. However, there are still some serious sharks in the water. Fomer WSOP Main Event final tablist Michael Ruane (who finished 4th in 2016’s Main Event and then managed 10th in this year’s!) is in third spot, closely followed by last year’s runner-up in this very event Ryan Tosoc. The start of day chip leader Blake Bohn is in 6th, this year’s WPT Rolling Thunder winner Mike Del Vecchio is in 7th, Lauren Roberts has made Day 5 in 9th, and one of the all-time leading live tourney money winners, Dan Colman, is lurking in 12th out of the remaining 18.

Play is due to get underway shortly with the blinds at 10k/20k with a 3k ante where the field will hopefully play down to the final six.

Chip Counts going into Day 5 of the $10k buy-in WPT 5 Diamond World Poker Classic

Rank Name Chips
1 Ajay Chabra 3,961,000
2 Sean Perry 2,747,000
3 Michael Ruane 2,192,000
4 Ryan Tosoc 2,088,000
5 Richard Kirsch 1,800,000
6 Blake Bohn 1,476,000
7 Mike Del Vecchio 1,358,000
8 Daniel Zack 1,218,000
9 Lauren Roberts 1,193,000
10 Mel Wiener 1,150,000
11 Ray Pulford 1,047,000
12 Dan Colman 935,000
13 Satish Surapaneni 810,000
14 Scott Matte 795,000
15 Matthew Moss 657,000
16 Roman Korenev 395,000
17 Alex Foxen 376,000
18 Jerry Humphrey 360,000