2017 WPT Five Diamond kicks off; Brandon Meyers leads

The World Poker Tour is here! The season XVI of WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 Main Event kicked off at Bellagio on Tuesday.

Day 1 of the World Poker Tour saw a record 600 entries tallied on, putting the last year’s Five Diamond record of 791 entries under threat.

This event does not have multiple starting flights, but the total number of entrants will be known by the beginning of Level 9 when the registration closes. The level 9 of the event is expected to take place by Wednesday night, with five levels being played on Day 1.

The WPT Five Diamond World Poker is also an unlimited re-entry tournament. Those who get knocked out on Day 1 or Day 2 can re-enter the event. The re-entry in the Five Diamond garnered some controversy as well with most industry experts wanting it to be a single entry. It is believed that unlimited re-entry tournaments give the deep-pocketed enthusiasts unfair advantage. However, there is also a popular argument in favour of multiple re-entry tournaments if the prize pool can be increased.

On Day 1 of the awaited 2017 World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Brandon Meyers finished as the chip leader with 152,750 chips. He increased his initial 30,000 chip stack by five-folds. Gregory Back finished at second spot with 130,400, while Jonathan Kamhazi was placed third 120,000 chips as the Day 1 action came to an end.

Meyers is looking good for his second $10,000 event cash of the year, coming in 42nd in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event earlier this year to claim $176,399 cash. The lifetime earnings for Meyers amount to $1.23 million.

The World Poker Tour (WPT), started in 2002, is a series of international poker tournaments. The winner of WPT event is awarded a bracelet.

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