Dan Smith has taken out the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, which has become the latest in his long list of poker achievements.
He beat a total field of 449 to win the six-day event and was rewarded with a highly admirable $1,161,135 cash prize. Smith was the man to beat among the remaining six players, having been the chip leader when the last day of play got underway.
The 24-year-old boosted his stack even more when he claimed the first scalp of the final day when he knocked Joe Serock out of the event in sixth place. Serock went all-in pre-flop with Queen-Ten offsuit and was called by Smith, who had Ace-Jack. The eventual winner pulled further ahead after the Ace of Clubs came on the flop before the tournament went down to five players.
Barry Hutter was eliminated from the event just nine hands later by Eddy Sabat. After a number of pre-flop raises and reraises, Hutter went all-in with Ace-King offsuit and was called by Sabat and his pocket Kings. The Kings held on the board and Hutter was sent packing, albeit with an extra $219,165 to his name.
Fourth place went to Shaun Suller, who became Sabat’s second straight final table scalp after a long and hard fought battle between all of the remaining four players. Suller went all-in pre-flop with Ace-Nine of Diamonds and was called by Sabat and his pocket Queens.
A Diamond came on the flop which was then followed by another Diamond on the turn, which gave Suller a nut flush draw. However, the flush did not come on the river and he was knocked out of the World Poker Classic.
The two successive knock outs did not help Sabat in his quest for glory, however, as he would be the one to go in third place. It came at the hands of Smith, who called Sabat’s pre-flop all-in with Ace-Nine offsuit, which was slightly ahead of Smith’s King-Queen offsuit before the board was revealed.
However, the King of Diamonds came on the flop, which gave Smith top pair and would ultimately give him the hand as he eliminated Sabat to put the event down to its final two players.
Sabat’s elimination left Smith and Gary Benson in heads-up play, with Smith holding a colossal chip lead when play began. That would probably explain why heads-up play lasted less than ten hands. It would have taken almost a miracle for Benson, despite his awesome poker prowess, to overcome the massive stack of Smith.
In the last hand of the event, Benson moved all-in with pocket Fours and was called by Smith, who had King-Ten offsuit. The Ten of Clubs was one of the three cards that came on the flop and Benson needed something on the turn or river if he was to stay in it.
It didn’t happen, though, as the Nine of Diamonds on the turn and the Seven of Hearts on the river meant that Smith won the hand and the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
The Poker Classic is the third event in which Smith has won over $1 million. He won $1,041,828 after he took out the $100,000 Challenge at the 2012 Aussie Millions and followed it up with $1,183,100 when he won the Super High Roller event at the Estrellas Poker Tour in Spain later that year.