Published on December 11th, 2007 11:58 pm EST

five diamond world poker classic - bellagio - doyle brunsonThe last major poker tournament of 2007 is set to kick off at 12 pm on Wednesday as the main event of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic gets underway.

The buy-in this year is $15,000+$400. Last year, there were a total of 584 entrants for a total prize pool of almost $8.5 million dollars. First place prize money last year was over $2.2 million dollars, and it ended up being won by 2005 World Series of Poker champion Joe Hachem. It is widely expected that the tournament will have roughly the same turnout as last year.

This should be a very entertaining tournament, as there will be a fantastic mix of up-and-coming young poker superstars that made their names online and well-established "live" pros.

Last year's final table featured the likes of Joe Hachem and Daniel Negreanu, and casual poker fans can only hope for a similarly stacked final table at this year's event.

Day 1A gets underway at 12 pm on Wednesday, and Day 1B gets underway at 12 pm on Thursday. On Friday, the two fields combine, and then we have four more days of poker until we play down to a final table that will take place on December 18th.

Joe Hachem took down the event, as mentioned, in 2006. In 2005, the event was a $10k buy-in event and was won by Minh Ly, with Dan Harrington finishing as the runner-up. In 2004, Carlos Mortensen took down the $1 million dollar first place prize, with Kido Pham finishing second for $496,400. In 2003, Paul Phillips took down first place for $1.1 million dollars, with Dewey Tomko finishing second for $552k. In 2002, the event was won by Gus Hansen for $556k, with John Juanda finishing in second place for $278k.

We'll be closely following the action when the tournament gets underway on Wednesday.


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