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    Sunday, December 11th, 2011 by Ryan

We are finally down to the final six remaining players at the World Poker Tour’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic, and there are quite a few names that poker fans and players may know. It took until Saturday night for the final table to be determined, after 13 players came back with hopes of being able to get to that point. The event took place at the Bellagio, and a few of the players who found themselves at the final table when all was said and done featured the likes of Antonio Esfandiari, Vanessa Selbst, James “Flushy” Dempsey, Soi Nguyen, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Vitor Coelho. Esfandiari is the reigning champion of this event, while Soi Nguyen held the chip lead and was a November Niner back in 2010 at the WSOP Main Event.

In order to get down to six, the field was trimmed from 13 to 10, and the final players were seated at one table to play down until only six remained. Soi Nguyen found himself as the chip leader to start ten handed play, but was only up around 500k to Selbst, and 800k to Esfandiari. Play went on for seven hours from that point, and featured many different changes atop the leaderboard. It may have taken a while, players finally saw David Williams go home in 10th place, followed up by Anthony Yeh going home in 9th, and Braden Hall going home in 8th place. The final hands from the bubble took over two hours to eliminate one player, but Nguyen finally made the final knockout sending home Larry Wells in seventh place. It was a tough loss for Wells, as he turned over trip Aces, but was beaten by the straight of Nguyen.

The final table action will kick off today (Sunday) at 4PM Las Vegas time, and Soi Nguyen remains the leader with over 1 million chips more than the second place player. Nguyen is currently holding 4.995 million chips, second place is James Dempsey with 3.86 million, third is Andrew Lichtenberger with 3.605 million, fourth is Vanessa Selbst with 2.25 million, fifth is Antonio Esfandiari with 1.255 million, and last but not least is Vitor Coelho with 560k.

It’s interesting to note the story lines following some of the players at this final table, starting with Esfandiari who is looking to become the first player in history to be a repeat winner of a World Poker Tour event. Selbst is trying to become the first female player to ever win a World Poker Tour event, which would be quite an accomplishment. Two other interesting story lines include Dempsey, who is looking to complete to second leg of the “Triple Crown” in poker if he’s able to win this event, and Nguyen, who is attempting to get his first ever major title after making it to the final table of the huge 2010 WSOP Main Event.

The action for the final table will be streamed online with a delay (which is typical for final table poker tournaments), and it will be hosted by the well-known poker pro Tony Dunst. Dunst himself also made a nice run in this event, so he’ll definitely have some solid input on the remaining players in the event. We’ll keep you updated on the action, and let you know which player takes down the championship when all is said and done.

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