The first day of play at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic ($10,000+$300 re-entry event at Bellagio, Las Vegas) attracted 374 players. After several hours of play, Day 1 concluded with 306 survivors and Jeremy Kottlet as the overnight chip leader with 134,975. Lots of well-known pros made it through the day with healthy stacks - just to mention a few of them: Joe Serock (77k), Tony Dunst (76,7k), Antonio Esfandiari (75k) and David Baker (75k).
After a very tight heads-up against John Monnette (lasted for about 90 minutes), David 'Bakes' Baker took home his second gold bracelet (winning the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball event in 2010) and the $451,779 first place prize! On the final table, Baker overcame fantastic players such as Phil Hellmuth (4th) and Phil Ivey (5th), so it definitely was a well-deserved win by the 25-year-old poker pro from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Event #32: H.O.R.S.E. attracted a field of 178 players that generated a $1,673,200 prize pool. A total of 24 players received a share from it and here are the 8 finalists:
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