Dan Smith cashes over $1 million at WPT Five Diamond Classic

Dan Smith likely doesn’t want 2017 to end. Smith added another big cash at the WPT Five Diamond Classic earlier this week to increase his 2017 tournament winnings to more than $4 million.

Smith’s latest win came in the WPT Five Diamond Classic $100,000 Super High Roller tournament. The big-money event only drew 39 entries, but that was still enough to make first place a seven-figure payout.

When only two players were left, it came down to Smith and one of poker’s most recognizable names, Daniel Negreanu. Smith had the chip lead when heads-up play began and he also had the luck when he needed it to send Negreanu to the rail.

On the final hand of the tournament, Negreanu looked to be in a good position to double up with Q-10 to Smith’s A-K with the flop showing J-10-4. Smith received no help on the turn, but the river card was a queen, giving him a winning straight and the tournament title. For the win, Smith pocketed $1,404,000, and Negreanu received $936,000 for second place.

In total, six places got paid in the tournament. The other payouts included Bryn Kenney in sixth place with $234,000, Sergio Adio in fifth place with $312,000, Isaac Haxton in fourth place with $390,000 and Stefan Schillhabel in third place with $624,000.

Haxton and Kenney post multiple cashes

While Smith took home the biggest prize so far at the WPT Five Diamond Classic, Haxton and Kenney have also been making waves with their play.

Haxton’s cash in the Super High Roller was his second of the series so far after he claimed $271,000 for second place in a $25,000 High Roller tournament. Those wins bumped his 2017 earnings to $2.8 million and his lifetime tournament winnings to $15.4 million.

Kenney’s cash in the Super High Roller was also his second of the series, as he finished third in a $10,000 High Roller tournament to earn $44,800. That bumped Kenney’s 2017 tournament winnings to an astronomical $8.4 million and his lifetime tournament winnings to just over $20 million.

Smith, Haxton and Kenney will get a chance to add another $1 million-plus later this week when the $10,000 WPT Five Diamond Classic main event begins. The tournament kicks off December 5 and runs for six days. Top prize in last year’s main event was $1.9 million.