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Kevin “1sickdisease” Eyster Wins WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1,587,382

In April 2013, Kevin “1sickdisease” Eyster topped a field of 542 to win the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown for $660,395, which came the same month he won the FTOPS XXII Event #34: No-Limit Hold’em Six Max Reentry for $333,680. This weekend, Eyster etched his name on the WPT Champions’ Cup for a second time by taking down the 14th edition of the Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio.

The tournament attracted 639 entrants – making it the second largest in event history – and awarded Eyster a career-high $1,587,382 first-place prize. That brought his lifetime earnings up to $4,040,031, and puts him first on Louisiana’s all-time money list. In addition, Eyster won a pair of Monster 24K Headphones, a Hublot Oceanographic 4000 watch, and an Aurae Solid Gold MasterCard. He also moved atop the Hublot WPT Player of the Year leaderboard with 1,525 points.

Final Table Results


1Kevin Eyster$1,587,382

2Bill Jennings$929,745

3Ben Yu$607,433

4Jake Schwartz$412,187

5Cate Hall$291,320

6Eddie Ochana$226,238

Notable Finishes: Billy Baxter (56th – $21,074), Scott Seiver (52nd – $23,554), Daniel Negreanu (48th – $23,554), Isaac Haxton (35th – $31,611), Fedor Holz (30th – $31,611), Phil Laak (22nd – $37,190), Paul Volpe (12th – $68,181), and Lauren Roberts (7th – $173,552)

According to updates from the event, the first final table elimination came on Hand #14 when a short-stacked Eddie Ochana shoved all in under the gun for 490,000 and the start-of-the-day chip leader, Jake Schwartz, called from the big blind.

Schwartz: {j-Spades}

Ochana: {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

Ochana had some kicker issues, and they failed to get resolved as the board ran out a clean {7-Hearts}{6-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{9-Hearts}. Ochana took hom $226,238 for his sixth-place finish.

From there, Cate Hall fell on Hand #39 when her {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs} failed to hold against Ben Yu’s {a-Spades}{7-Clubs} after the board ran out {j-Hearts}{7-Spades}{3-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}, and then Schwartz fell on Hand #75 after Yu shoved all in for 2.675 from the button and Schwartz called off for 2.125 million from the big blind. Schwartz’s {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} was ahead of Yu’s {a-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, but the {k-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop was a dagger through Schwartz’s heart. Neither the {6-Spades} turn nor {Q-Hearts} river allowed him to catch back up, and Schwartz had to settle for fourth place and $412,187 in prize money.

Three-handed play proved to be an extended affair, and eventually Yu would fall on Hand #149 after his {k-Spades}{q-Hearts} failed to get there against Eyster’s {6-Spades}{6-Hearts}. Eyster and 49-year-old Bill Jennings, a trader from North Palm Beach, Florida, began heads-up play essentially even in chips, and the two would battle for 38 hands.

On Hand #187, which took place in Level 36 (200,000/400,000/50,000), Eyster raised to 800,000, Jennings called, and the flop came down {a-Spades}{9-Spades}{4-Clubs}. Jennings check-called a bet of 600,000 and then checked the {4-Hearts} turn. Eyster bet 975,000, Jennings shoved all in for 5.3 million, and Eyster snap-called with the {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}. Jennings showed the {k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} and was in need of some major help. The {5-Hearts} river wasn’t it, and Jennings had to settle for second place and a $929,745 consolation prize.

As you can see, Eyster added his name to a prestigious list of Five Diamond winners:


I146Gus Hansen$556,460

II314Paul Phillips$1,101,980

III377Daniel Negreanu$1,795,218

IV555Rehne Pedersen$2,078,185

V584Joe Hachem$2,182,075

VI64Eugene Katchalov$2,482,605

VII497Chino Rheem$1,538,730

VIII329Daniel Alaei$1,453,930

IX438Antonio Esfandiari$870,124

X413James Dempsey$821,612

XI503Ravi Raghavan$1,268,571

XII449Dan Smith$1,161,135

XIII586Mohsin Charania$1,477,890

XIV629Kevin “1sickdisease” Eyster$1,587,382

The WPT will return on January 31 with the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

*Lead photo courtesy of WPT.

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