WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Champion Raghavan

December 17, 2012

Ravi Raghavan has become the new champion of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic following a defeat of 503 entries. The 26 year-old pro from the US battled bravely at the Bellagio to be rewarded with the first place prize of $1,268,571, bringing his total live earnings to an astonishing $1,817,346. No mean feat to accomplish.

In the wake of the victory, Raghavan called this Las Vegas challenge the biggest and most memorable conquest of his life, “It is the biggest achievement of my life, and it’s amazing. Just winning is amazing, regardless of the stage. I should expect to win, but I didn’t.”

Exactly 368 players took part in the $10,300 buy-in tournament, and this total, combined with 135 re-entries, created a whopping $4,879,100 prize pool. Notable names that cashed out include Brain Rast, Scott Clements, Jeremy Ausmus, Freddy Deeb, Greg Mueller, Andrew Robl, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Fininshing in the top ten were Jason Somerville at 10, Theo Tran at 8 and Jonathan Aguair at 7.

The final table was dotted with the toughest of competition. One could be forgiven for imagining the players were wearing blank poker faces and surrounded by a thick cloud of cigar smoke, holding cards close to their chests as they waited, ever so patiently, to swoop in and take the loot. Andrew Lichtenberger, Jeremy Kottler, Antonio Esfandiari, Thomas Winters, Shawn Buchanan, and Ravi Raghavan were the last six competitors. Kottler was the first to leave the table with $187,845 after his A-K gave way against Winters’ pocket sevens. Lichtenberger, already short-stacked, followed him with $234,197 after losing out to Raghavans’ Q-4.

Raghavans’ pocket aces saw Esfandiaris’ A-K off and he bagged $329,339. Shawn Buchanan went ahead to eliminate Thomas Winters, who departed with $483,031. Raghavan pulled away to a 4 to 1 cheap lead against Buchanan’s K-7 when the final hand was played. Raghavan’s pocket sevens squashed Buchanan, who took home $746,502, and Ravi went on to win the 2012 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic series.


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