The 2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic drew a field of 791 entries to beat the precious record that was set in 2007 when Ukraine's Eugene Katchalov outlasted a field of 664 entrants to bank $2,482,605. The field size also tied the WPT record in $10k buy-in events with the 2007 WPT L.A. Poker Classic, which was won by Eric Hershler for $2,429,970.
Back to the record-setting Five Diamond Main Event. James Romero arrived at the final table with a 2-1 advantage over his next closest opponent. The Portland, Oregon native used his big stack well, given that he never let anyone get within a few million of him during his smooth journey to his first WPT title.
According to Hendon Mob, Romero only had two live tournament cashes for $4,699 before winning this tournament for an incredible $1.938,118! In addition, he got a $15,000 entry into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions, a WPT Champions Trophy, a Hublot King Power Unico Carbon and Red watch, and a pair of Rose Gold Wireless Over-Ear Element Headphones from Monster.
Season XV WPT Five Diamond Final Table Results
1st: James Romero - $1,938,118
2nd: Ryan Tosoc - $1,124,051
3rd: Jake Schindler - $736,579
4th: Alex Condon - $494,889
5th: Justin Bonomo - $345,272
6th: Igor Yaroshevskyy - $268,545