This Week in Poker: Dan Smith Tops D-Negs at WPT Five Diamond
The World Poker Tour is making a big splash at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The Five Diamond World Poker Classic is underway, with the $10,400 Main Event beginning Tuesday and wrapping up on Sunday – the final table will be streamed live on PokerGO. This festival includes four High Roller events; the biggest of these tournaments was the $100,000 Super High Roller, and at a star-studded final table, it was Dan Smith prevailing on Friday to earn himself just over $1.4 million in cash money. Daniel Negreanu had to settle for second place and a paltry $936,000.
According to Negreanu’s live tweets from this No-Limit Hold’em tourney, he got his chips in at the end with Queen-Ten on a Jack-Ten-Four flop. Smith, the 2013 Main Event champion at the WPT Five Diamond, had Ace-King. The turn was a Seven, but the river was a Queen – giving Negreanu two pair and Smith the nut straight. With the victory, Smith brought his career live tournament earnings over the $19-million mark; Negreanu is still No. 1 on the list at $35.3 million.
WSOP Goes Down Under
While the WPT does its thing in Las Vegas, the World Series of Poker is at the Star Poker Room in Sydney, Australia for a series of 13 tournaments. The first event was a No-Limit Hold’em “repechage” tournament, where players who busted early could buy in during the last starting flight; Johan Lees claimed the WSOP Circuit Ring and just north of $100,000 for finishing first. Also claiming victory in Sydney: Amanda Gillard, who took down the Ladies Event for $10,354.
Still No Pot Use in Nevada Casinos
Marijuana may be legal in the State of Nevada, but there isn’t much appetite for allowing pot inside Nevada’s casinos. On Thursday, the Nevada State Gaming Commission repeated its stance on this burning issue, saying that weed would not be permitted inside casinos as long as it’s considered illegal by the federal government. One day earlier, the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee met in Las Vegas to discuss how to handle marijuana use; this group is due to file a report by the middle of June 2018.
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