Dylan Linde Wins WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1,631,468

Dylan Linde

The World Poker Tour (WPT) wrapped up its 2018 schedule with the $10,000 buy-in Season XVII WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The tournament attracted 1,001 entries, which made it the largest $10K tournament in WPT history.

After five days of play, poker pro Dylan Linde emerged victorious to capture a career-high $1,631,468 and a $15,000 seat into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions.

Prior to the win, Linde had $2,031,685 in lifetime earnings with a prior best of $348,269 for winning the 2016 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Hammond. His only other six-figure scores are $140,900 for finishing eighth in the 2015 PCA, $117,894 for taking fifth in the 2018 WSOP event #43: $2,500 NLH, and $113,438 for placing fifth in the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open High Roller.

WPT Five Diamond Results

1Dylan Linde$1,631,468
2Milos Skrbic$1,087,603
3Andrew Lichtenberger$802,973
4Ping Liu$599,147
5Lisa Hamilton$451,880
6Barry Hutter$344,529

Among those to earn a portion of the $9,707,700 prize pool were 2015 World Series of Poker champ Joe McKeehen (9th - $163,142), Andre Akkari (23rd - $58,967), Calvin Anderson (39th - $42,645), Nick Pupillo (49th - $32,401), Antonio Esfandiari (66th - $25,886), Erik Seidel (69th - $25,886), Nick Petrangelo (83rd - $21,789), and 2005 WSOP champ Joe Hachem (85th - $21,789).

Final Table Action

According to updates from the event, Milos Skrbic began the final table as the chip leader and he scored the first elimination 37 hands in. It happened when Barry Hutter got it all in on a 685 flop holding the A8 and was up against Skrbic’s 65. Neither the 2 turn nor K river helped Hutter and he hit the rail in sixth place for $344,529.

On Hand #69, Lisa Hamilton got her stack all in preflop and was racing with pocket fives against Linde’s ace-ten suited. The board ran out with two tens on in and that was all she wrote for Hamilton, who took home $451,880 for her fifth-place finish.

Ping Liu in the WPT Five Diamond
Ping Liu

Fourteen hands later, Linde jammed the small blind to put the pressure on Ping Liu, who was in the big. Liu called off with ace-four and was ahead of Linde’s jack-deuce suited. Unfortunately for him, the flop brought a deuce and Liu failed to retake the lead. Not only did Liu earn $599,147 for his fourth-place finish, he earned precious Player of Year points to move into second place behind Tony Ruberto on the Hublot WPT POY leaderboard.

On Hand #100, Andrew “Lucky Chewy” Lichtenberger got his chips all in on the flop holding top pair against Skrbic’s club flush draw. A club on the turn left Lichtenberger drawing dead and he had to settle for third place and $802,973 in prize money.

Linde took a slight chip lead into heads-up play against Skrbic, but the duo would battle for 35 hands before things came to a head. In the final hand of the tournament, Skrbic shoved his last 17 bigs from the button with pocket fives and Linde woke up with jacks. A five failed to materialize and Skrbic fell in second place for $1,087,603.

The WPT will hold its next event beginning January 12 with the $10,000 buy-in WPT Gardens Poker Championship at The Gardens Casino.

Images courtesy of the WPT.

  • The record-breaking @WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic was won by @DylanLinde for $1,631,468.

  • Ping Liu moved into second place in the @WPT POY race thanks to his 4th-place Five Diamond finish.

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