2021 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio
Are you ready to go back to where it all began?
The World Poker Tour® returns to the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the $10,400 buy-in Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event from December 15th – 19th. The setting for the first ever World Poker Tour Event back in 2002 (won by Danish superstar and WPT Legend Gus Hansen) once again is set to host this marquee event.
This prestigious tournament brings out the best players in the world and consistently generates massive prize pools with life-changing money awaiting the eventual champion.
Season XVIII saw highroller specialist Alex Foxen take home a lion's share of the record-shattering $10 Million prize pool by outfoxing an impressive field of 1,035 players. Alex hoisted the Mike Sexton's Champion Cup and took home the $1,694,995 first prize.
LearnWPT Prepares You For The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic
Think you have what it takes to navigate a tournament field full of Champions and world-class pros to have YOUR name etched on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup?
LearnWPT is here to take you inside a Championship mindset while playing high buy-in events and show you how Professional Players make decisions with the heat on them!
Get In On The Action...
The Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is welcoming players back to their unparalleled resort and storied poker room with a full festival of poker action. The festival includes daily satellites into the Main Event starting on December 8th (follow @BellagioPoker on Twitter for daily satellite updates)!
The crown jewel of this exciting poker festival is the $10,400 buy-in World Poker Tour® Five Diamond World Poker Classic main event starting on December 15th with a re-entry format.
WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage and the Bellagio Poker Room staff collaborated to bring a super deep championship structure for this $10,400 event that offers plenty of chances to outwit and outplay your opponents.
📅 Main Event Schedule:
Day 1: Wednesday, December 15th at 12 p.m. PT (unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 10)
Day 2: Thursday, December 16th at 12 p.m. PT
Day 3: Friday, December 17th at 12 p.m. PT
Day 4: Saturday, December 18th at 12 p.m. PT
Final Table: Sunday, December 19th at 4 p.m. PT
Get ready to battle with the best and compete for your chance to showcase your poker skills during a live TV final table taping at the HyperX Esports Arena that will air nationally on Bally Sports Network and OTT channels across the globe!
You’ll also be playing for what is sure to be one of the largest first place prizes in WPT history, as the entire poker world convenes at Bellagio for the poker event of the season.
Can't make it to Bellagio? Follow the WPT Live Updates Team for all of the action!
WPT Five Diamond Throwback - Tony Gives LuckyChewy The Raw Deal
The WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic has a rich history of incredible poker action and spawned many poker legends.
Check out this throwback segment from a World Poker Tour® episode as LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst gives a little "Raw Deal" analysis of fellow LearnWPT Instructor Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger against Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari during the final table of the Season XI WPT Five Diamond Main Event.
How Does a Pro Handle The Pressure?
Watch this LearnWPT Strategy Episode as WPT Commentator and LearnWPT Instructor Tony Dunst gives a behind the scenes look at the 2019 WPT Bellagio Five Diamond $10,000 Main Event using actual hands he played from the event to demonstrate how he makes decisions with big money at stake.
Unique Insight When Deepstacked
Playing a super deepstacked structure like the WPT Five Diamond Main Event, especially during the early levels of a poker tournament takes a lot of patience and discipline.
Watch as Tony walks us through his decision-making process and breaks down deepstacked hands from early levels breaks during the 2018 10K WPT Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event.
WPT Five Diamond Throwback - Vanessa Vs LuckyChewy In a Flip
The final 3 players in the WPT 5 Diamond World Poker Classic are typically pretty tough. In the Season 10 edition of this event that saying definitely held true, with poker icon and LearnWPT Instructor Vanessa Selbst and poker legend LuckyChewy being 2 of the 3 remaining.
In this throwback hand we see the two members of Team LearnWPT clash in a classic coin flip spot with massive ICM implications in play.
Need Some Final Table Tips?
Final Table Strategy can differ dramatically from the early stages of a tournament, especially with huge pay-jumps and the prestige that only comes with winning a World Poker Tour title.
Often players are unprepared for the pressure that comes with playing in front of an audience and how your decision making is affected with potentially life-changing money at stake.
While it's difficult to recreate the pressure of performing with the eyes of the world on you, you can start practicing now to succeed at the final table when it matters most.
Here are a few tips to help sharpen up your game for showtime!
- Be aware of stack sizes and pay jumps at all times, even the slightest changes in stack sizes can shift strategy dramatically
- When short stacks exist, there is extra pressure on the bigger stacks to avoid busting out
- The chip leaders can use this extra pressure to win many pots while the short stack is in play
- As a medium stack vs larger stack you should be cautious with any bets and raises and try to take marginal hands to showdown passively
- Preflop ranges shift quite a bit at final tables due to this effect with big stacks playing much wider ranges and medium stacks much narrower ranges
- Do not be afraid to ramp up your aggression against players that are playing tight in the hopes of laddering up
Good Luck and Have FUN!
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