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WPT Five Diamond Classic Begins At The Bellagio

A lot of people argue that the World Poker Tour kick-started the poker boom around the world a decade age. Its premiere event, Doyle Brunson’s Five Diamond Classic, has kicked off once again at the Bellagio, back where it all began.

The first day of play saw 283 players left out of a field of 365, but registration continues through the end of level 8, which will be shortly before 5 this afternoon, so there's no telling how many more might join the fight. Vanessa Selbst is current the chip leader, holding 165,800 in her stack, but less than 1000 behind her is John Smith, who's got 156,075 in front of him. This early in the tournament, however, it's impossible to say who's got a real advantage over whom but considering the kind of year that Selbst has had, it's likely she'll end up in the money, at the very least.

Along with Selbst, Erik Seidel, Freddy Deeb, Barry Greenstein, and Jeff Madsen have joined in the action. As always, Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten have been part of the coverage, kicking off the whole thing with the traditional call of "shuffle up and deal!" The $10,000 buy-in tournament continues through Saturday, when the final table will go down. The Bellagio has already agreed to host next year's event.

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