Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic Kicks Off in Las Vegas

Published on December 7th, 2011 2:03 am EST

World Poker Tour and the Bellagio Hotel logosThe final major poker tournament of 2011, the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, got underway at the Bellagio earlier today.

As per usual, many of poker's biggest names have turned out for this event. Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari and Barry Greenstein were just a few of the names that turned out to play on Day 1. Registration is open until around 5 pm tomorrow, so expect a few more big names to show up.

According to, 365 players have signed up to play in the tournament so far. At the end of Day 1, approximately 300 players were still alive.

Here are the unofficial top 5 chip stacks heading into Day 2 on Wednesday:

Vanessa Selbst - 190,000
Darren Elias - 130,000
Billy Baxter - 115,000
Jack Schanbacher - 111,000
Allen Kessler - 110,000

Prize pool information will be released shortly after registration closes on Wednesday afternoon.


A number of the players in the event have taken to Twitter to complain about the amount of second hand smoke that they've been inhaling. Here are some of the comments:

William Reynolds - "Many of my friends have terminated their relationships w Mary Jane & now the bellagio is making them victims of 2nd hand casino"

Jonathan Aguiar - "This is the worst environment I've ever had to play a 10k in, don't know if smoke or slot machines r worse, time for @ariapoker to get a wpt"

Eric Froehlich - "Bellagio has gone from best the place to play poker to simply awful. Feel sooo sick from all the smoke around. Just so disgusting."


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