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Jared Jaffee Leads Final 78 at Bellagio

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Jared Jaffee
Day 3 of the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic began with the announcement that someone will be taking home $1,477,890 and etching their name on the Champion's Cup come Saturday at the final table. With 586 total entries and a prize pool of $5,684,200, there is plenty of money up for grabs and plenty of huge names and a couple of Cinderella satellite stories in the hunt for a piece of the payday.

Of the 78 players who survived day 3, 54 will earn a payday of at least $22,737, with the winner taking home seven figures.

The current chip leader is well aware of what it takes to win a WPT title. Last season's bestbet Jacksonville Fall Scramble winner, Jared Jaffee, is in pole position heading into Day 4 with a monstrous stack of 768,000. At a table stacked with some tough competition like Cliff Josephy, Ryan Julius, Isaac Baron, and Kevin Eyster, Jaffee collected pot after pot to climb to the top, then jumped wayout front when he won a crucial coin flip to bust Sean Winter.

Two other players who know what it takes to win this tournament, in particular, are back in action tomorrow too. Antonio Esfandiari, who won this event in Seaon IX and final tabled it an astonishing three times, survived the day, but is below average with 69,500. Season III Five Diamond Champ Daniel Negreanu, on the other hand, is in much better shape, finishing the day with 246,000.

One Five Diamond winner who did not survive today was reigning champ Dan Smith, who came in with a short stack and exited early, but plans on playing the $100,000 WPT Alpha8 event when it gets underway tomorrow.

Smith was one of many players who exited over the course of the day, including past Five Diamond winner Joe Hachem, Ryan Riess, Jason Somerville, JC Tran, Faraz Jaka, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Scott Clements, Brian Rast, and David Benyamine.

The 78 Day 3 survivors return to the Bellagio Poker Room Thursday at 12pm for another day of action, including the money bubble. The list of big names with big stacks is impressive and includes reigning WPT World Champion Keven Stammen (533,500), Kathy Liebert (388,500), and Will Failla (292,500).

Garrett Greer is another big stack who is very much proving he deserves to be a WPT Ones to Watch, as he bagged up 386,500.

Finaly, it is worth noting that two of the 13 DraftKings qualifiers into this event are still in the hunt for a big payday. Known poker player Brandon Adams is sitting on 363,500, while Neval Gupta bagged up 170,000.

Here is a look at the top five heading into tomorrow:

1. Jared Jaffee - 768,000
2. Chane Kampanatsanyakorn - 584,500
3. Ralph Thomas - 582,000
4. Keven Stammen - 533,500
5. Aaron Massey - 463,000

Photos by Joe Giron

Sorted In: Jared Jaffee, Featured Blog, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
09:13 PM, 12/17/14

Jimmy Tran Doubles Thru Fabian Quoss

Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Fabian Quoss raises from middle position to 7,500, the hijack reraises to 18,500, and Jimmy Tran moves all in from the small blind for 75,500. Quoss tanks for a while before he moves all in over the top for about 165,000, and the hijack folds.

Tran turns over AdiamondAheart, and he needs it to hold to stay alive against the AspadeQdiamond of Quoss.

The board comes Jdiamond5diamond3diamond10diamondQclub, and the pocket aces hold up for Tran to win the pot and double up in chips.

Jimmy Tran  -  177,000  (44 bb)
Fabian Quoss  -  90,000  (30 bb)

Sorted In: Jimmy Tran, Fabian Quoss, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
08:59 PM, 12/17/14

Larry Greenberg Eliminated By Ralph Thomas

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

With the board reading Aheart6spade2clubJclub, Larry Greenberg gets his stack of about 140,000 into the middle with 2diamond2club and runs into the 6heart6club held by Raplh Thomas. The 5heart river is no help to Greenberg, giving Thomas the sizable pot.

Ralph Thomas - 630,000 (210 bb)
Larry Greenberg - Eliminated

Sorted In: Larry Greenberg, Ralph Thomas, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
08:47 PM, 12/17/14

Sunny Patel Doubles Up

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Sunny Patel moves all in UTG+1 for about 30,000, and the big blind calls with Adiamond7spade. Patel turns over 10heart10spade, and he needs it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes Qheart10diamond9diamond2diamond3heart, and the pocket tens hold up for Patel to win the pot and double up in chips.

Sunny Patel  -  60,000  (20 bb)

Sorted In: Sunny Patel, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
08:40 PM, 12/17/14

Six More Hands

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

The clock has been paused with 14 minutes remaining in the level, and a card has been drawn from the deck. It's a six, so each table will play that many hands before bagging and tagging for the night.

Sorted In: Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
08:35 PM, 12/17/14

Faraz Jaka Eliminated by Rene Angelil

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

With the board reading AclubQheart5heart, Rene Angelil bets 6,000 from under the gun. Faraz Jaka raises all in on the button and Angelil gives it some thought before he asks for a count. After it is revealed that the all-in amount is 104,000, Angelil tanks a bit more before he calls with AspadeAheart for a set of aces.

Jaka trails with 5diamond5club for a set of fives and finds no help from the 2club turn nor the 6spade river.

Rene Angelil - 365,000 (121 bb)
Faraz Jaka - Eliminated

Sorted In: Faraz Jaka, Rene Angelil, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
08:33 PM, 12/17/14

Justin Young Doubles Thru Sunny Patel

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

In a battle of the blinds, Justin Young (big blind) is all in for 61,000 with KdiamondJclub against Sunny Patel (small blind) with QspadeJspade.

The board runs out Jdiamond7heart4spade5diamond7diamond, securing the double up for Young.

Justin Young - 126,000 (42 bb)
Sunny Patel - 31,000 (10 bb)

Sorted In: Justin Young, Sunny Patel, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
08:20 PM, 12/17/14

Faraz Jaka Doubles Thru Shaun Suller

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Faraz Jaka
There is around 20,000 in the pot and the board reads Adiamond7diamond2spade10heart when Shaun Suller bets 10,000 from the small blind and Season VIII WPT Player of the Year Faraz Jaka moves all-in for 48,000 from middle position. Rene Angelil folds from the cutoff and Suller calls.

Suller turns over A-K for top pair, but Jaka has him bested with A-10 for aces up. The 10heart on the river improves Jaka to a full house and he takes the pot to double up.

Faraz Jaka - 125,000
Shaun Suller - 200,000

Sorted In: Faraz Jaka, Shaun Suller, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
08:19 PM, 12/17/14

Keith Lehr Eliminated by Ben Tollerene

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Ben Tollerene and Keith Lehr see a flop of 8spade6diamond2diamond. Tollerene bets 16,000 from under the gun, then Leh raises to 50,000 from the hijack. Tollerene announces he is all-in for around 100,000 more, which has Lehr just covered.

Lehr thinks for a while before calling with 10club10heart for an overpair. Tollerene shows 6club8club for top two pair.

Tollerene improves to a full house with the 6spade on the turn and, with the 5diamond on the river, Lehr is eliminated.

Ben Tollerene - 280,000
Keith Lehr - eliminated 

Sorted In: Ben Tollerene, Keith Lehr, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
08:07 PM, 12/17/14

Rogen Chhabra Eliminated By Steven Delsi

Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

Aaron Overton raises to 6,500 on the button, Steven Delsi three-bets to 18,500 from the small blind and Rogen Chhabra four-bets all in for about 40,000 from the big blind. Overton folds and Delsi calls.

Delsi: AheartKheart
Chhabra: AclubJheart

The board runs out Qclub9club5clubQheart7diamond, not improving Chhabra's flopped flush draw, giving Delsi the pot.

Steven Delsi - 310,000 (103 bb)
Rogen Chhabra - Eliminated

Sorted In: Rogen Chhabra, Steven Delsi, Season XIII, Bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic
08:02 PM, 12/17/14
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