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  1. [caption width="640"] James Romero earned almost million and etched his name on the WPT Champions Cup with his Season XV Five Diamond Win.(WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] The World Poker Tour Five Diamond Poker Classic is one of the tougher WPT fields each year. The Bellagio event draws some of the best poker players in the world to Las Vegas each December and the list of previous champions is a testament to that. Daniel Negreanu, Gus Hansen, Mohsin Charania, Dan Smith and Antonio Esfandiari are just a few of the players who have captured the title. The record-sized field that showed up in Las Vegas this past week for the Season XV Five Diamond Classic was star-studded, but in the end it was a relatively unknown player, playing his first WPT event, that managed to capture the title and the nearly $2,000,000 first place prize. James Romero topped a final table that included Justin Bonomo, Igor Yaroshevskyy and Jake Schindler to earn the first live win of his career. Romero came in to the final table with over 40% of the chips in play and never relinquished his lead, eliminating four of the five players that stood between himself and the title. Yaroshevskyy was one of just two players at this final table and came in*with the fourth largest stack, but that didn't stop him from being the first*player eliminated. With blinds at 50,000/100,000, Yaroshevskyy moved all in*from UTG for 1,420,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] and Romero called from the big blind with*[poker card="qd"][poker card="qs"]. The [poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2d"] flop left Romero ahead and when Yaroshevskyy failed* to connect with the [poker card="9c"] turn or [poker card="3d"] river he was out in sixth place. The*$268,545 sixth place cash is he third biggest of his career, falling behind his*second place in a 2015 World Series of Poker $5000 NLHE Turbo ($303,767) and a*fourth place finish at the 2015 WPT LA Poker Classic ($333,680). Two hands later Justin Bonomo joined Yaroshevskyy in the payouts line.*Schindler raised to 225,000 from the cutoff before Bonomo moved all in for*995,000. Schindler called and tabled [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"] while Bonomo showed [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"]. The*[poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"] flop left Bonomo needing runner-runner fives. The turn was [poker card="ad"] to*officially seal Bonomo's fate before the [poker card="ah"] hit the river. Three hands later Romero found himself another victim. Action folded to Alex*Condon on the button and he moved all in for 1,170,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"] and Romero*called from the big blind with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Condon*extra outs but neither the [poker card="as"] turn or [poker card="7d"] *were any help and he was*eliminated in fourth place. After three eliminations in the span of five hands, the pace slowed down but at no point Romero continued to build up his lead. After 2.5 hours of three-handed play, and with Romero holding almost 75% of the chips, he used his overwhelming lead to bust another player. Ryan Tosoc folded his button, Romero called from the small blind before Schindler moved all in for just over 4,000,000 from the big blind. Romero called and tabled [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"] while Romero showed [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2s"] to give Romero the pot and eliminate Schindler, the only other player with a WPT final table appearance, in third place. Heads up action between Romero and Tosoc began with Romero holding a 7-1 lead. Tosoc managed a nearly full double early, but it only took 16 hands for Romero to end the party. Down to just 2,000,000, Tosoc moved all in pre-flop and Romero called. Tosoc tabled [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] but found himself up against Romero’s [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="6c"] run out made the elimination official and crowned Romero as champion, eliminating Tosoc in second place for $1,124,051. The $1,938,118 first place score doesn’t even push Romero’s lifetime live tournament earnings over $2,000,000. The 27 year old was previously focused on online poker and Las Vegas cash games. The event drew a field of 791 players, a record for this event. The previous largest Five Diamond field was in 2007 when 664 players entered the then-$15,000 buy-in event. The buy-in was lowered to $10,000 in 2010. The next WPT event is the Borgata Winter Poker Open in January. Final Table Payouts James Romero - $1,938,118 Ryan Tosoc - $1,124,051 Jake Schindler - $736,579 Alex Condon - $494,889 Justin Bonomo- $345,272 Igor Yaroshevskyy - $268,545
  2. [caption width="640"] Sean Perry turned 21 just a few hours before the WPT Five Diamond Classic started and now he just what win the whole thing (WPT photo)[/caption] Poker history is chock full of players who have called their shot. Lex Veldhuis did a few weeks ago, Mark Newhouse wishes he didn't do it when he finished ninth in the WSOP Main Event for a second consecutive year. In a lot of cases, it's a combination of confidence, ego and a little bit of fun. So when Sean Perry said last week that he was going to win the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic, it was mostly met with a good-hearted chuckle or two. Perry, son of longtime Las Vegas poker pro Ralph Perry, wasn't even eligible to play in this tournament last week. He didn't turn 21 years old until Monday, Day 1 of the event. "I played on Poker Night in America the other night and telling people on the show that I was winning this. Jennifer (Tilly) just tweeted about it," said Perry. Perry says he actually started predicted victory since the summer. "I've been telling people for six months that I'm due to ship this on my 21st birthday," said Perry. "You have no idea how long I've been waiting to finally be able to play in these casinos." Perry, who grew up and lives in Las Vegas, knew there was a chance he'd be able to play the event, and once the WPT Season XVI schedule came out, he was stoked. "Once I found out it was on my birthday, I told everyone this is my tournament," said Perry. This isn't some crazy story of a kid winning the first tournament he ever played in though. He's got $110,318 in lifetime tournament earnings, all from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida where the legal age to play is 19. He's also played high stakes cash for the last two years. "I am definitely pretty confident. I've had pretty good success so far since I left college. I'm playing pretty high cash, up to $50/$100. I've been there a lot," said Perry. The game is in his DNA. He started playing Chinese Poker against his father when he was about four years old. Since then he's been focused on his 21st birthday and properly starting his own pro poker career. "It was sick because I always said while I was growing up, 'I can't wait until I'm 21 and we're playing together'," said Perry. "I wish we got heads-up here, but we both ran pretty deep and we were sitting next to each yesterday." Ralph Perry finished 47th for $27,567 while Sean Perry continues to hang out near the top of the chip counts with just 11 players left.
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