Rousso, Robl and Esfandiari All Still Alive in Event

Published on December 8th, 2010 7:34 am EST

Vanessa Rousso - Hat Sideways and Reflective ShadesVanessa Rousso will enter the final table of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic as the dominant chip leader when play gets underway on Wednesday afternoon.

Rousso finished Day 5 with 5.83 million in chips, which is more than 2.5 million more than her next closest competitor, John Racener.

The final table of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic is going to be packed with notable names. Here are the chip counts heading into Wednesday:

1. Vanessa Rousso, 5,830,000
2. John Racener, 3,235,000
3. Andrew Robl, 3,210,000
4. Kirk Morrison, 2,650,000
5. Antonio Esfandiari, 2,105,000
6. Ted Lawson, 635,000

Ted Lawson is the only name that might not immediately jump out at you, but he is a very seasoned and accomplished poker player with over $2.4 million in cashes and a World Series of Poker bracelet to his name.

All six final table participants are guaranteed at least $126,693 for making it through Day 5, with the eventual winner of the event taking home $870,124.

Andrew Lichtenberger (8th), Sorel Mizzi (9th) and Amit Makhija (13th) were some of the names that hit the rail on Tuesday.


A few notes about the final table participants:

-a win in this event would move Vanessa Rousso into fourth place (past Annette Obrestad) on the women's all-time money list

-John Racener, as you are probably well aware, was a 2010 "November Nine" participant and ended up finishing in second place in the WSOP main event

-Andrew Robl continues to enjoy the best year of his "live" tournament career and would move past a million dollars in total lifetime tournament cashes with a 4th place finish or better

-Antonio Esfandiari is looking for his first major tournament victory since taking down a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2004

-Esfandiari will be the only player at the table with a WPT title under his belt

-Kirk Morrison is best known for his second place finish in the 2007 WPT Championship

-Ted Lawson won his WSOP bracelet in 2004 when he took down the $5k PLO event



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