NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
PokerRoader Leads The Field Of Bellagio Final Six
December 21, 2021
PokerRoad blogger Steve Sung, after a fast and wild Day 5 of cards, will enter the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic Final Table first in chips and in great position to take down his first World Poker Tour title.

Sung survived and prospered during a tough day of play that saw the end to many former champions including Clonie Gowen (10th), Nick Schulman (13th), Robert Mizrachi (11th), and Mike Matusow (9th).

Although more than holding his own for most of the rigorous Day 5, Sung owes most of his stack to one particular, improbable hand that earned him over 4 million in tournament chips.

Holding a pocket 3-3 and betting it pre-flop, Steve flopped quads on a Q-3-3 board and somehow got his opponent to call larger and larger bets on every street, until nearly a fifth of all the chips in the tournament were in the pot. When his opponent, former chip leader Evan McNiff, saw the bad news and morosely mucked his hand, Sung was suddenly the six-foot gorilla at the table - a monster that no one wanted to mess with.

Less than 15 hands later, with the elimination of the seventhbok player Joe McGowan, the day mercifully ended for the rest of the field, before Sung really had a chance to roll over the table with his mountain of Bellagio checks (5,885,000).

As is often the case at big buy-in finals, Steve will have many friends watching him as he shoots for the WPT title, however in an unusual twist of fate, many of Sung's friends won't be watching from the stands but from the table itself, as they attempt to steal the victory and knock him out.

Joining Steve Sung at the WPT Final Table are good friends Amnon Filippi (2,750,000) and Chino "November Niner" Rheem (4,240,000) - each with a big enough stack to give Steve significant trouble as he goes for the gold. Also joining the group is poker legend Hoyt Corkins (2,295,000), Justin Young (2,410,000) and Evan McNiff (4,805,000).

To catch all the action at this historic final table visit www.worldpokertour.com, for live updates, chip counts, photos and videos from our own Amanda Leatherman.

Story by Mark Anderson
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