James Romero Leads 2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 Main Event Final Table

History has been written at the Bellagio in Las Vegas over the past several days. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the 2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 Main Event drew a record-breaking field to heat up festivities to an extreme level. What makes the tournament so special, as well as the Bellagio festival as a whole, is the fact that it has been on WPT’s Main Tour schedule during every single season in the series’ fifteen-year history.

The $10,400 Main Event is drawing to a close with only six players left to battle it out for the first-place prize and the title. James Romero, a player with few previous poker cashes, is leading the final pack for what promises to be an action-packed battle. The player holds a commanding lead over his five remaining opponents.

He is entering Day 6 with 9.86 million in chips. Ryan Tosoc, who started Day 5 as the chip leader, bagged and tagged 4.465 million at the end of the day. This only shows how commanding Romero’s commanding lead is. The player holds 41.5% of all chips in play, an advantage he will hopefully make good use of.

Each of the six survivors has secured a minimum payout of $268,545. But it is quite clear that eyes and hopes will be set on the first-place prize of $1.9 million.

Romero and Tosoc will be joined at the final table by Justin Bonomo with 3.36 million in chips, Igor Yaroshevsky with 2.57 million, Alex Condon with 2.265 million, and Jake Schindler with 1.21 million.

It is interesting to note that there are no former WPT Main Event champions among the six finalists. And although there are several players with considerable poker bankrolls, Justin Bonomo is the one to have cashed the most in live tournaments among the final six.

Bonomo’s live tournament earnings currently amount to over $12.5 million. Over the years, he has cashed in multiple events around the world. He scored his best live cash of €1,640,000 (approximately $2,165,217) back in 2012, when he won the EPT Season 8 Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller. Despite his indisputably excellent performance on the felt over the years, the player has so far failed to win a WPT Main Tour Main Event.

Six-handed play is set to start at 4 pm Las Vegas time at the Bellagio. Players will play down to a champion. This year, the Five Diamond Main Event attracted a record field of 791 entries who generated a $7.673 million prize pool.

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