2009 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic Preview
December 13, 2021
The last World Poker Tour stop of the decade is this month, and appropriately enough, it is not only being held in the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada, but is also the tournament named after the undisputed godfather of the game, Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson.

The event has only one starting day, however, players can buy-in for the first eight 90 minute levels, making it conceivable for players to miss the entire first day of play and still enter the event on the second (though fairly short stacked). This relatively new way to start a tournament was tried for the first time (on a large scale) at the WPT Festa al Lago back in October and was apparently successful enough to be done again, during one of the Bellagio’s most prestigious events of the year.

The Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic always brings out the absolute best, and quite often a few of these pros make it to the big money found only at the final table. Past final table finishers since the tourney’s conception include Ryan Daut, Joe Hachem, Eugene Katchalov, David “DevilFish” Ulliott, Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius, J.J. Liu, Darrell Dicken, Phil “The Unabomber” Laak, Jennifer Harman and of course, Doyle Brunson.

Last year’s Classic attracted 497 entrants and had a total prize pool worth over $7 million. First prize in the event paid $1,538,730 and was taken down by 2008 “November Niner” David “Chino” Rheem, after he outlasted a tough final table that included Amnon Filippi, Hoyt Corkins and PokerRoad’s own Steve Sung.

The results from the final table of the 2008 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic were as follows:

1. David "Chino" Rheem $1,538,730  
2. Justin Young $936,760  
3. Evan McNiff $540,440  
4. Steve Sung $396,206  
5. Amnon Filippi $288,235  
6. Hoyt Corkins $216,175  

It’s been literally months since the whole extended PokerRoad Radio family has been together in one location, but an event like this is almost certainly able to bring them all out, and with Amanda, Court, Jimmy, Gavin, Joe, Devo, Stapes and all the other PokerRoad crazies in the same town at the same time, the next series of PokerRoad Radio episodes are clearly not ones to be missed.

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