Dan Smith wins WPT Five Diamonds; 3rd career 7-figure score

WPtlogoDan Smith has won the 2013 WPT 5 Diamond World Poker Classic, making him a three-time $1 million-plus winner and putting him over $5 million in career winnings. Although this is Smith’s first WPT title, he has two previous seven-figure cashes under his belt, the other two being in high roller events in the EPT and Aussie Millions respectively.

Tough competition

In stark contrast to the WPT Montréal Main Event last week, the run up to the final table at the 5 Diamond was kind to the stronger players, making for a tough final table. Although there were again no Champions Club members present, four of the six players had already had million-dollar careers coming into this tournament, and even the underdogs Barry Hutter and Shaun Suller had played and cashed in major tournaments before.

Bad luck for Serock

One might have expected Smith’s toughest competition to be WPT Season X Player of the Year Joe Serock, but a cold deck dealt saw Serock out the door before he ever managed to threaten.

With three players on shortish stacks, the early hands of the final table saw everyone playing tight-aggressive, small ball poker and most pots won preflop. Unfortunately for Serock, while the other players were trading chips around, precisely zero of his steals were successful. Twenty hands in, he’d entered four pots only to be pushed off every one of them.

On the 21st, he tried a resteal from the big blind against Smith on the button, but Smith turned out to be holding AJ against Serock’s QT, and Serock could not find any help from the deck.

Good luck for Smith

Busting Serock gave Smith the chip lead for a while, but he later fell behind Eddy Sabbat and Gary Benson in the final 3. Smith was running every bit as good as Serock had run bad, however, and eventually doubled through Sabbat twice within the span of a few hands, first winning a crucial coin flip and then flopping a flush and managing to get all the chips in.

After that, Smith never looked back, busting Sabbat shortly thereafter and making short work of Benson, over whom he enjoyed a 7-1 chip lead entering heads up play.

For more on the final table of the WPT Five Diamonds you can visit the WPT website at www.worldpokertour.com

Alex Weldon is a game designer by day and poker tournament wizard by night. You can read more from Alex at www.benefactum.ca and follow him on Twitter at @benefactumgames

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