Most poker players go their entire career without claiming three separate million-dollar scores, but most poker players aren’t Dan Smith. He won the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic tonight at Bellagio and can now make that claim at the young age of 24. The $1,161,135 he took home for first place – his first WPT title – puts his career earnings at $5,689,703 and joins his EPT and Aussie Millions victories as his million-dollar scores.
Smith came into the final table as the chip leader with his win only in doubt for a little while when Eddy Sabat came on strong to gain the chip lead. However, Smith doubled up through him twice and, from that point forward, he was unstoppable on his march to victory in Las Vegas.
Here is a look at the full final table results:
- Dan Smith – $1,161,135
- Gary Benson – $672,685
- Eddy Sabat – $436,160
- Shaun Suller – $303,793
- Barry Hutter – $219,165
- Joe Serock – $175,766
Congratulations to Dan Smith for becoming a WPT Champion for the first time in what is sure to be a long and storied career. He’ll be back in April for the season-ending WPT World Championship and will be a threat to go deep there as well.
The WPT pulls into South Korea later this week, where the island of Jeju (just southeast from the coast of mainland South Korea) will host WPT Korea from December 15-19. The tournament will feature full live coverage from the WPT Live Updates team.