Kevin Eyster(pictured), known on PocketFives as 1SickDisease, won the World Poker Tour’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic on Saturday night at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for $1.5 million. He’ll also get a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.
There were 639 entrants in this year’s Five Diamond event, the second largest turnout in the tournament’s history. Eyster entered the final table with the second largest chip stack at 98 big blinds and ultimately emerged with his second WPT title.
Eddie Ochana was the Five Diamond final table’s first elimination. After 14 hands, he shoved all-in with K-J, but ran into A-J and could not draw out. Then, Eyster made his mark, moving his chips in before the flop with pocket aces against Jake Schwartz‘s pocket queens and holding to take the chip lead. Schwartz had entered the final table as the chip leader.
Cate Hall, the last woman standing in the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, busted in fifth place after losing a race with pocket fives against Ben Yu‘s A-7. Then, Yu sent Schwartz to the rail. Schwartz had A-10 in the hand and was ahead to start, but Yu hit a four on the flop with A-4 to pull ahead for good.
On the 149th hand of the Five Diamond final table, Yu was all-in with K-Q against Eyster’s pocket sixes in a race. The pocket pair held, relegating Yu to the rail and setting up heads-up play between Eyster and Bill Jennings. Eyster was up 9.8 million to 9.3 million in chips to start.
Heads-up play lasted almost 40 hands. Ultimately, on hand #187, Jennings check-raised all-in on a board showing A-9-4-4 with K-9. Eyster called quickly with A-Q for a better two pair and the board filled out with a 5, giving Eyster the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic title.
Here’s how the final table cashed out:
1st Place: Kevin 1SickDiseaseEyster – $1,587,382
2nd Place: Bill Jennings – $929,745
3rd Place: Ben Yu – $607,433
4th Place: Jake Schwartz – $412,187
5th Place: Cate Hall – $291,320
6th Place: Eddie Ochana – $226,238
Eyster’s other WPT win came in 2013 in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $660,000. The following year, he won a World Series of Poker bracelet in a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event. Eyster finished 42nd in the Five Diamond last season.
Congrats to Kevin Eyster on his second WPT title!