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Vanessa Rousso is looking to become the first-ever World Poker Tour Main Event Champion as she leads the final table of six at the 2010 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Fifteen players returned to the Bellagio and after nine hours of play, they had been whittle down to the final table of six players, and what a final table it is. With no fewer than three WSOP winners, a WPT title and over $19,000,000 in live tournament winnings between them, it promises to be one of the most exciting encounters in the modern game.

Danny Fuhs was the day's first casualty, choosing 5s7s to move all in with from the button for a little over ten big blinds. It looked as if he was going to pick up the much needed blinds and antes but he did not bank on Rousso waking up, and calling, with AhKd in the big blind. The final board ran out 6d-3s-2c-9d-9s, and Rousso's ace-high was the best hand, leaving Fuhs to pick up the $42,231 awarded to 15th place.

Over the next four hours the players gradually headed for the rail one by one. Charles Caris will go down in the WPT record books as being the 14th place finisher, whilst online phenom Amit “amak316” Makhija busted out in 13th at the hands of Rousso. Chris DeMaci's 12th place finish was also at the hands of “Lady Mavrick” and when Antonio Esfandiari dispatched Luis Velador in 11th spot, the remaining ten players were all moved to an unofficial final table.

It took 23 hands of this table for ten to become nine, when Sorel Mizzi got extremely lucky against Ray Dehkharghani to send him to the rail. With the board reading Ac-Js-9c and facing an all-in bet, Mizzi went deep into the tank for more than six minutes, eventually calling the clock on himself! He finally made the call with KsJh but was in a whole world of pain as his opponent turned over AsTc for top pair. The 4s on the turn kept Mizzi well behind but the Jc on the river gave him trip jacks and the best hand.

Mizzi's luck ran out though shortly after when he got into a raising war preflop with Miss Rousso, which resulted in the Mizzi being all in and at risk. His pocket queens, however strong, were not as strong as the pocket kings of Rousso and when no queen appeared on the board, the young Canadian was eliminated in ninth place, just short of his first WPT final table finish.

Andrew “Lucky Chewy” Lichtenberger, an online cash game genius, was next to leave the table when became ye another victim for the running hot Rousso. The money went in on a a flop reading As-Td-6s, with Lichtenberger holding AcQd but he was well behind the Ah6h that Rousso had called preflop with and now made two pair. The turn and river came the 4c and 9c respectively and as Lichtenberger left the table, Rousso stacked up what amounted to 6,000,000 chips!

An hour later and the final table was set, as Kia Mohajeri was busted out in seventh place. Ted Lawson raised to 225,000 from the cutoff with the blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000a, Mohajeri moved all in from the button but John Racener, who finished fifth at this year's WSOP Main Event, re-shoved, causing Lawson to fold. The AhQs of Mohajeri was good enough to play for his remaining chips but it was dominated by Racener's AsKd. The five community cards came out 6c-6h-2h-9c-Ts and as Mohajeri went to pick up his $97,131, the tournament was paused until 1600 Las Vegas time, when the players will come back and play for the title and the $870,124 on offer for first place.

Seat 1: Antonio Esfandiari: 2,105,000
Seat 2: Vanessa Rousso: 5,830,000
Seat 3: Ted Lawson: 635,000
Seat 4: John Racener: 3,235,000
Seat 5: Kirk Morrison: 2650,000
Seat 6: Andrew Robl: 3,210,000
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