Nguyen Leads WPT Five Diamond

Nguyen Leads WPT Five Diamond

Monday, 9 December 2013

Five levels of action on Sunday saw this year's WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic come to a brief stop with just 59 players left in contention. Having started the day with 140 hopefuls all eyeing up the $1,161,135 top prize, the session saw a flurry of exits and by the time the dust had settled it was Don Nguyen who was left leading the way.

With chips flying throughout the day, Nguyen managed to secure the chip lead midway through Level 14 when he came out on top after clashing with Brian Rast. Each holding dominant stacks, both Nguyen and Rast were happy to move all their chips into the middle as the flop rolled out Ad Kd Ts. When the cards were revealed it was Rast who found himself in trouble with a set of aces against Nguyen's Qs Js. Needing the board to pair in order to avoid a crippling blow, Rast could only look to the heavens as the 6c and 4h landed on the turn and river to send the pot towards Nguyen.

While Nguyen was busy capturing the chip lead, the flow of variance wasn't going the way of some tour regulars, including Justin Bonomo, Nam Le and recent WPT Caribbean winner, Tony Dunst. However, the going wasn't bad for everyone who took part in Day 3 and as the tournament clock was paused the likes of Antonio Esfandiari, Joe Serock and Mohsin Charania all made it through the session.

Day 4 will kick off later today and when play resumes the remaining 59 players will play beyond the 46th place bubble before breaking again.

WPT Five Diamond Chip Counts:
1 - Don Nguyen - 774,500
2 - John Holsonback - 594,000
3 - Mohsin Charania - 573,000
4 - Dan O'Brien - 504,500
5 - Dan Martin - 496,000
6 - Barry Hutter - 489,000
7 - Brian Rast - 459,500
8 - David Paredes - 458,500
9 - Antonio Lafosse - 454,500
10 - Joe Serock - 430,000

Tags: WPT Five Diamond, Don Nguyen, Mohsin Charania, Brian Rast