Following a topsy-turvy three way battle, Dan Smith conquered the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic at the Bellagio, Las Vegas to take the top prize of $1,161,135. He etched his name in the WPT Champions Club and also won a seat to the season ending WPT National Championship in April 2014. While Smith started the final table in chip lead, three way action with Eddy Sabat and Gary Benson had ensued and could’ve been anyone’s game.
Sabat was eliminated a tough fight in third place and then on heads up with Benson was a smaller and simpler task for Smith. Long hands and frequent exchanges of huge pots ensured that the three players maintained leads at various points in the game. But at no point did it seem that Smith was out of contention. He prevailed over a field of 449 players to claim the top prize and the WPT honours.
Final table results of WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Classic:
1st: Dan Smith – $1,161,135
2nd: Gary Benson – $672,685
3rd: Eddy Sabat – $436,160
4th: Shaun Suller – $303,793
5th: Barry Hutter – $219,165
6th: Joe Serock – $175,766
WPT Action now moves to Korea where the World Poker Tour makes a comeback into Asia.