Ryan Tosoc Claims WPT Five Diamond Main Event title

Ryan Tosoc Claims WPT Five Diamond Main Event titleOne year after finishing runner-up at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event, Ryan Tosoc has gone one step better by taking down the very same event to secure a career first WPT title. In the meantime, the $1,958,065 Tosoc collected for his victory more than doubles his earnings to $3,480,973, with around 88% of his professional winnings having now been secured from this one tournament alone.
Commenting after claiming the coveted title, Tosoc said that the whole experience was “unreal”, stating that he felt like “I’m in a dream right now.”
The $10,400 Five Diamond Main Event was held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and attracted a field of 791 competitors to create a prize pool of $7,672,700. Needless to say, some of the world’s most talented players took part in the event, and amongst those seeing a return on their investment was Steffen Sontheimer in 44th ($31,506), Ashton Griffin in 35th ($37,807), Jared Jaffee in 28th ($37,807), Chino Rheem in 19th ($44,100), Dan Colman in 14th ($61,436), Blake Bohn in 13th ($61,436), and Lauren Roberts in 8th ($153,590).
Having reached the final table of six, Mike Del Vecchio (Q-Q) eliminated Richard Kirsch (10-10) in 6th, after which Sean Perry took care of Ajay Chabra in 5th. Next, Ryan Tosoc (A-J) sent Sean Perry (A-9) to the rail in 4th, before being dealt A-Q and doing likewise to Del Vecchio (K-J) in 3rd to force heads-up play against Alex Foxen for the title.
At this stage, Tosoc held a 6-4 chip lead over his final opponent, and 49 more hands would then be dealt before the deciding moment arrived in which Foxen reraised all-in holding A-10, and was called by Tosoc with a dominated Q-10 hand. The K-9-3-J-J board which ensued made Tosoc a straight, though, and as he later explained:
“During the tournament, I like to just keep even-keeled. The only time like I felt like I was going to win was when I was all in with queen-ten. I just felt that jack coming.”
Following his win, Ryan Tosoc now joins a pantheon of poker legends who have also claimed the WPT Five Diamond Main Event title in the past, including Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Gus Hansen, and Joe Hachem.
Final Table Payouts:
1: Ryan Tosoc $1,958,065
2: Alex Foxen $1,134,202
3: Mike Del Vecchio $752,196
4: Sean Perry $504,090
5: Ajay Chabra $350,500
6: Richard Kirsch $271,736

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