Canada Bricks WPT Five Diamond, Kristen Bicknell Wins Side Event
The last World Poker Tour (WPT) event of 2017 has crowned a winner. The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio in Las Vegas featured a $10,400 Main Event that wrapped up on Sunday.
After finished second in this same event last year, American Ryan Tosoc made an incredible back-to-back run and found the win, earning the $1.958 million first-place prize in the 812-entry field.
On the first day of the tournament Canadians Sorel Mizzi (54,000), Shawn Buchanan (50,000), Ari Engel (46,000), and Eric Afriat (27,000) were some of the Canadian contingent who had chips to carry forward to Day 2.
After another day of play, Canadian representation actually increased as players took advantage of late registration that extended to Day 2. Sorel Mizzi (90,000), Daniel Negreanu (76,400), Shawn Buchanan (73,275), Justin Oliver (57,000), Ari Engel (48,400), Kristen Bicknell (17,000), and Mike Leah (10,000) all survived to play another day.
Those Canadians were narrowed to just Justin Oliver with a short stack of 38,500 by the end of Day 3. However, Oliver wasn’t able to make it past the money bubble where the top 81 players were guaranteed a prize, leaving Canada out of the running for this title.
On the final day, Ryan Tosoc outlasted Alex Foxen, Mike Del Vecchio, Sean Perry, Ajay Chabra, and Richard Kirsch to collect the title and nearly $2 million.
However, over in a side event, Canadian Kristen Bicknell won a 147-entry $5,200 event for an impressive $228,144, adding to her incredible 2017.
After the holidays, WPT will be back in action across the pond at WPT European Championship Berlin on January 10. We’ll be back with a report of the Canadian contingent then.