Dan Smith lifts the WPT Champions Cup after winning the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond
Million-dollar scores are quite rare in poker and most players go their entire career without claiming one. However, Dan Smith is not like most poker players and the Team Ivey pro has just added the third seven-figure win to his resume by taking down the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event at the Bellagio for $1,161,135.
It is the first WPT title claimed by the poker pro and claimed it after showing an amazing performance throughout the final table.
Final day of the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond
When the last day of the tournament started, only six players were left at the table and Dan Smith had the biggest stack in front of him. As the action was only starting, it took 21 hands for the first player to be eliminated from the final table.
Former WPT Player of the Year Joe Serock ended up going all in before the flop against Smith on Hand #21. The WPT live updates show that Smith called from the button with Ah-Js and Serock had Qs-Th. The board then came Ac-6d-4d-3h-7h and Serock was out of the tournament while Smith further increased his stack.
Level 26, with blinds of 20,000/40,000/5,000, saw another elimination as just seven hands later, Barry Hutter was sent to the rails. Smith started with a 90,000 bet from under the gun and Eddy Sabat called from the small blind. Hutter raiased from the big blind to 275,000, Smith called and then Sabat came with another raise to one million chips. Hutter shoved all in, Smith got out of the way and Sabat made the call.
Hutter then showed As-Kc but was dominated by Sabat’s red Kings. With no ace on the board, Hutter was out in fifth place for $219,165.
After the two eliminations took place early in the day, action slowed down for a bit and it took a while before another seat would be cleared. On Hand #90, Sabat made another elimination by taking out Shaun Suller in fourth place with pocket Queens against A-9 suited as the board ran King-high.
Despite winning some very big pots, Sabat was the next to go. He started bleeding out chips, Smith doubled through him and was eventually eliminated on hand #148. Sabat moved all in from position for a bit over 1.7 million and Smith made the call. Sabat had Ac-9d and Smith was behind with Ks-Qs. A king on the flop changed the scales and Sabat didn’t improve on later street. He was out in third place and got $436,160 for his great run.
7-1 chip leader into heads up
When the heads up match started between Dan Smith and Gary Benson, the latter had a 7-1 chip disadvantage and only 14 big blinds to work with.
It didn’t take long for the tournament to conclude after this point. Benson only managed to win one hand during the heads up match and moved all in with pocket fours for what would be the last hand of the tournament. Smith called with Ks-Td and spiked a ten on the flop to take the lead early. With just two outs remaining to save Benson, things were looking very well and didn’t improve. Benson won $672,685 for his second place finish and Smith claimed the title and the over $1.1 million first place prize.
Only two more stops remain in the 2013 WPT schedule and both them begin on December 15.