The Five-Star World Poker Classic got off to a resounding start at the Bellagio last week.
The 13-event tournament leads up to the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship, a no-limit Hold ”˜Em Event that kicks off Monday, April 14.The world-class event is expected to draw up to 160 of the best poker players on the planet, who will generate a cash pool as high as $4 million. The winner is expected to walk away with $1.5 million.
In early action, Don Zewin of Las Vegas won Event No. 1, a Limit Hold ”˜Em game that attracted 203 entries. Zewin earned $118,000 for his effort.In the Seven Card Event, No. 2 in the tourney, Phil Ivey of Atlantic City took first place and its $58,000 prize.
Russ Salzer of Las Vegas won the third event, a $1,500 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo Split, which was good for $74,000.
The fourth event, a $1,500 Pot Limt Hold ”˜Em, was won by the ever-popular T.J. Cloutier of Dallas, Texas, who added $98,000 to his cache of winnings.The tourney is being played in Bellagio’s beautiful table game pit, just a chip toss away from the poker room.
Bellagio tourney off to fast start