After his success in the EPT, WSOP Circuit, and PCA tournaments, Dylan Linde has locked up his first WPT title. Idaho native and RunItOnce.com poker coach, Linde has won one of the most popular poker events on the WPT’s calendar – the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event.
WPT has wrapped its 2018 Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event after five days of intense poker action. Hosted at the Bellagio in Vegas, the event drew a huge field with a record 1,001 entries, taking the prizepool to $9,709,700 and making it the largest $10K tournament in the WPT history.
Linde bested the record field to collect $1,631,468 in top prizemoney and take his live earnings to $3,663,153. He dedicated his win to his dog that he and his fiancée adopted in Las Vegas.
Final Table Action
Linde entered the final day as 2nd in chips with 6 players remaining, sitting behind only Serbia’s Milos Skrbic. The player did not waste time and quickly began his journey to the win. He eliminated five players from the final table and it helped the eventual winner to build huge stack into heads-up.
Linde became the chip leader after he eliminated Lisa Hamilton in 5th place. Linde raised to 350,000 and Hamilton shoved for 2.5 million with 5h 5d and Linde called holding Ad 10d. The board ran 10h 7s 3d 10s 3h, giving Linde a full house to win the hand. His next victim was Ping Liu who went out in fourth place. Linde shoved with Jc 2d and Liu called for his last 16.5 big blinds with Ad 4h. Linde paired his deuce on the flop to secure his second bustout. Liu earned $599,147 for his efforts.
After Andrew Lichtenberger going out in third place for $802,973, it came to heads-up between Linde (22,375,000) and Milos Skrbic (17,675,000). The battle lasted for about 35 hands, during which it was Linde who kept his pressure. He cemented his lead to eventually send Skrbic to the rail and claim the title. On the last hand, Skrbic jammed for 4,925,000 holding 5s 5d and Linde called with Js Jh. With three Nines on the board, Linde made a better full house to win his maiden WPT title along with a career-best $1,631,468. Skrbic took home almost $1.1 million for his efforts.
Final Table Payouts (USD):
1. Dylan Linde – $1,631,468*
2. Milos Skrbic – $1,087,603
3. Andrew Lichtenberger – $802,973
4. Ping Liu – $599,147
5. Lisa Hamilton – $451,880
6. Barry Hutter – $344,529
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