Yi Fang Tops 33 Remaining Players After Day 4 of WPT Five Diamond

Yi Fang leads the way as 33 players advanced to Day 5 of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

Yi Fang leads the way as 33 players advanced to Day 5 of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

It’s getting down to crunch time in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, as just 33 players made it through to the end of Day 4 Thursday.

Two players cracked the 1 million chip mark and five more finished with over 900,000; with the stacks so bunched up it should prove to be an explosive playdown day on Friday. Leading the way is Yi Fang – most infamously known for his appearance on the 2013 WSOP Main Event broadcast – who bagged 1,311,000

He’s followed by Isaac Baron, Ryan Fee, newly named BLUFF.com WPT One to Watch Garrett Greer and a pair of WPT Champions Club members – Jared Jaffee and Keven Stammen.

Greer was justifiably happy with how his Day 4 had played out.

“Pretty stoked about being the last ‘Ones to Watch alive,” said Greer. “If there’s a ‘Ones to Watch’ TLB (Tournament Leaderboard) I’m definitely leading.”

He had a number of confrontations on Day 4 with Dan Heimiller, and it’s not the first time the two have tangled.

“For some reason Heimiller always attacks me. I don’t know why,” said Greer. “I played with him a bunch – I made the unofficial final table with him in 2013, where I finished eighth and he took second to Jordan Christos – and I don’t think he’s ever folded my big blind once.”

Notable after notable fills out the remaining list of 33. Heimiller, Shaun Suller, Brandon Adams, Rene Angelil, Aaron Massey, Will Failla, Brett Saffer, Adam Bilzerian, Daniel Negreanu, Tobias Reinkemeier, Jacob Bazeley, Fabian Quoss, Chirs Bolek, Jean Gaspard, Mohsin Charania and Sean Getzwiller are all still in contention.

Charania’s survival is impressive, considering he came into the day with just 30,000, while Negreanu kept his hopes of being the first player ever to win the same WPT event alive for at least one more day.

There were 78 players when Day 4 got underway, and the field lost players at a moderate pace until they hit 59 – five spots away from the money. Play dragged as a $22,737 bubble loomed large, but one by one they slowly fell out. Shawn Buchanan ran pocket nines into Tobias Reinkemeier’s K K three off the money, and then they were down to 55.

Hand for Hand play carried on for about 20 minutes before two simultaneous all in hands. Christopher McHugh doubled up and survived when his pocket queens held up. David Sands wasn’t quite so lucky; after opening to 14,000 in late position, Brett Shaffer three-bet to 100,000 – which represented more than 70 percent of Sands’ stack. After asking tournament officials how the payouts would work if both he and McHugh busted (that hand was paused once the all in action was complete so as not to influence other tables), Sands just called.

The flop was Q 8 4, Shaffer put Sands all in and Sands called off with 9 9. Shaffer’s Q J had improved to top pair, and Sands explained how it all played out.

The eliminations came after Sands’ elimination, but at a slower pace than is typical post-bubble. Dan O’Brien (53rd), Ben Tollerene (50th) and Cornel Cimpan (48th) were among the first few casualties, followed by Darren Elias in 47th.

It was another deep run for Elias, who won back-to-back WPT titles at Borgata and WPT Caribbean, but his shove with T 9 got called by Angelil and his pocket jacks. The K J 7 flop was an eventful one, as Negreanu helpfully pointed out – giving Angelil a set and Elias a double gutshot straight draw – but the 3 turn and A river were both blanks, ending his hopes for a third title in Season XIII for the time being. That being said, he had a pretty good time after busting – he ended Day 1 of Alpha8 Las Vegas in sixth place.

Justin Young (45th), Jeremy Ausmus (44th), Kevin Eyster (42nd), Kathy Liebert (36th) and Farzad Bonyadi (35th) also went out before the close of the day.

It appears that Day 5 will be a long one, as 33 players have to be culled to just six for Saturday’s final table before all is said and done on Friday – and they’ll be back at it at 12 pm PST.

2014 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic – End of Day 4 Chip Counts

  1. Yi Fang – 1,311,000
  2. Isaac Baron – 1,012,000
  3. Ryan Fee – 996,000
  4. Garrett Greer – 979,000
  5. Jared Jaffee – 967,000
  6. Keven Stammen – 932,000
  7. Shaun Suller – 925,000
  8. Ryan Julius – 886,000
  9. Dan Heimiller – 816,000
  10. Brandon Adams – 758,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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