Dec 1, 2017
The Season XVI WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic continued on Friday at Bellagio in Las Vegas, and it was Dan Smith (pictured) taking down the $100,000 Super High Roller title to pocket $1.404 million in prize money. Smith defeated Daniel Negreanu in heads-up play.
Negreanu earned $936,000 for his runner-up performance.
$100,000 Super High Roller Results
1st: Dan Smith – $1,404,000
2nd: Daniel Negreanu – $936,000
3rd: Stefan Schillhabel – $624,000
4th: Isaac Haxton – $390,000
5th: Sergio Aido – $312,000
6th: Bryn Kenney – $234,000
The event attracted 39 entries to the Bellagio Poker Room, and the top six places were set to pay out from the $3.9 million prize pool. After Stephen Chidwick bubbled the event in seventh place, the final six players locked up a six-figure payday. Falling first was Bryn Kenney for $234,000, and then the final five players bagged up their chips to return to play to a winner on Friday.
Coming into Friday’s finale, Isaac Haxton had the chip lead with 1.81 million in his stack. Negreanu was second with 1.472 million. In addition to Smith, Stefan Schillhabel and Sergio Aido were the other players remaining.
Aido fell first, taking home $312,000 for his fifth-place finish and earning the third largest live tournament score of his career, according to HendonMob.com. Haxton was next to go, despite starting the day with the chip lead, and he took home $390,000.
With Haxton’s elimination, three WPT Champions Club members remained. Smith won the Season XII WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event for $1.161 million. Negreanu also won an edition of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event, taking the Season III title, but only after he had already won his first World Poker Tour title by taking down the Season III WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship. Those two victories alone earned Negreanu nearly $2.9 million. Schillhabel won the Season XIV WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event for $1.298 million.
Following Negreanu on Twitter let us know that Smith and Schillhabel clashed often during three-handed play. Eventually, Smith got the better of Schillhabel when his aces held up against Schillhabel’s jack-ten, but it wasn’t without some fireworks. According to Negreanu, Schillhabel was all in with jack-ten and the flop came to give him a full house. The turn deliver an ace, though, and Smith improved to a better full house and held from there.
With that, Schillhabel fell in third place and scored $624,000 in prize money to leave Smith heads up with Negreanu. Entering the final duel, Smith had the chip lead.
The final match didn’t take long for Smith to win out. According to Negreanu’s hand history on Twitter, his fell to Smith’s in the end.
Negreanu earned nearly $1 million for the runner-up finish — $936,000 to be exact — and Smith took home the title for $1.404 million.
With the result, Negreanu moved to move than $35.2 million in career live tournament earnings, according to HendonMob.com, where he ranks number one in that category. Smith moved to more than $19 million in live tournament earnings, jumping from 17th place on the all-time money list to 14th.
Also of note is that Bryn Kenney, with his sixth-place finish worth $234,000, moved into the top spot on the 2017 money list for live poker tournaments, surpassing Scott Blumstein.
The Season XVI WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 Main Event kicks off on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Last season, the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event attracted a record 791 entries and awarded two million-dollar prizes, with James Romero winning the event for more then $1.9 million and Ryan Tosoc taking second for more than $1.1 million. For more on this upcoming event, take a look at the event hub on WPT.com.
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