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2013 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Day 2: Madsen Leads; Over $1.16 Million for First

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Day 2 of the 2013 World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event took place on Saturday with another five levels of action coming to a close. Following the completion of the day, three-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Jeff Madsen led the 140 survivors with 399,400 in chips.

2013 WPT Five Diamond Day 2 Top 10 Chip Counts

1Jeff Madsen399,400
2Kevin Eyster397,200
3Dan Martin314,000
4Sorel Mizzi308,300
5Barry Hutter280,700
6Jean-Robert Bellande218,100
7Jason Koon205,800
8Rob Salaburu198,900
9Curt Kohlberg194,500
10Cliff Josephy183,700

With an official field size of 449 entries, the generated prize pool came to $4,355,300. Of that, $1,161,135 will be awarded to the winner of this prestigious event, plus an automatic entry to the $15,400 WPT World Championship at Borgata in April. The top 45 places will be paid out, and all cashing players will earn at least $21,700.

According to the WPT live updates team, the 449 entries were made up of 309 unique players. Of those players, 216 entered just once, while 62 fired two bullets. There were then 22 players who entered three times, 6 players that entered four times, two players that bought in twice, and one player that entered seven times — yes, seven times for a total of $72,100 in buy-ins. No player bought in just five times.

One of the players to fire in six bullets was Joseph Cheong, and he would finish the day with just 12,000 in chips. "Today was not my day. Hopefully I can run it up tomorrow," Cheong mentioned on Twitter. Brian Rast was the lone player to reach into his pocket seven times before going on to advance to Day 3 with around 100,000 in chips.

Jean-Robert Bellande, who finished the day very healthy in chips, had himself quite a successful day. He began Day 2 with 20,100 in chips and dropped as low as 7,000, but then ran his stack all the way back up to finish on 218,100.

Bellande received a boost to his stack in the final level of the day — Level 10 with the blinds at 500/1,000/100 — when he busted Jennifer Tilly. After getting crippled, Tilly was eventually all in with the {K-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} against Bellande's {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. Despite having a dominant hand, Tilly lost out when Bellande flopped a club flush to win the hand.

Other players eliminated on the day were Mukul Pahuja, who recently finished second in the WPT Montreal Main Event, Phil Laak, Phil Hellmuth, Steve Brecher, and Terrence Chan.

Day 3 will take place starting at 12 p.m. local time in Las Vegas on Sunday, and you can be sure to find a recap of the action right here on PokerNews.

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