Everything you need to know about the 2022 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

The Bellagio Hotel, Resort & Casino is synonymous with Las Vegas, the movie Oceans Eleven, and the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, one of the most iconic tournaments on the World Poker Tour. The 2022 edition of the festival will begin in less than 24 hours and will run through October 23 with a variety of events. The Main Event will kick off on October 19, and the final table will take place on Sunday October 23.

Twenty years ago the first World Poker Tour tournament was played at the Bellagio with 146 players. Among the finalists were Scotty Nguyen, John Juanda, Freddy Deeb, John Hennigan, and Gus Hansen, who ended up winning the event.

This year’s festival boasts the traditional $10K Main Event along with a number of other marquee side events — including a special cash game — which you can read about below.

Festival Highlights

  • No Limit Hold’em: October 7-9. Buy-In: $560
  • High Roller #1: October 8. Buy-In: $25,000
  • Seniors: October 11. Buy-In: $1,100
  • Mystery Bounty: October 13. Buy-In: $2,650
  • WPT MUG with Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen: October 18
  • WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic: October 19-23. Buy-In: $10,400
  • High Roller PLO #10: October 17. Buy-In: $25,000
  • High Roller #12: October 21. Buy-In: $25,000

You can see the complete schedule with all the events and satellites via this link.

WPT Five Diamond

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic


  • Format: No Limit Texas Hold’em
  • Buy-In: $10,400
  • Starting stack: 50,000 (250 big blinds)
  • Blind levels: 60 minute during Day 1 and 90 minutes during Days 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • First level: 100/200 with 200 Big Blind Ante
  • Re-entry: Unlimited re-entry is allowed until the start of Level 10
  • Late registration: registration closes at the start of Level 10 during Day 2
  • Action Clock; Will be used at the start of Day 3
  • Players per table: Play will start 9-handed and will move to 8-handed when 80 players are remaining
  • Payouts: 12.5% of the field approximately


  • Day 1: October 19 at 12 PM (8 levels)
  • Day 2: October 20 at 12 PM (5 levels)
  • Day 3: October 21 at 12 PM (5 levels)
  • Day 4: October 22 at 12 PM (until final table)
  • Day 5: October 23 at 12 PM (final table)

MUG with Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen

Following the success of the Meet Up Game (MUG) during WPT Australia, World Poker Tour ambassadors Andrew Neeme and Brad Owen will return to play $2/$5 cash games on Tuesday October 18 between 10 AM and 5 PM. WPT MUG players will be invited for complimentary drinks and food following the meet-up game, from 5 PM.

WPT Five Diamond MUG

Hotel Options

For the best available room rates at Bellagio, contact Bellagio’s Poker Host, Penny Cohen at [email protected] or by phone at 702-693-7290.

Defending Champion

The last edition of the tournament was played in December 2021 and had 716 entries, distributing a total of $6,945,200 in prizes. The top 90 players made it into the money, and the champion crowned was Taylor Black, who took home $1,241,430 and got his name etched on the venerable Sexton Cup.

Taylor Black

Notable Champions

As mentioned, the prestigious tournament now has 20 years of history and has been won in the past renowned players including Gus Hansen (2002), Daniel Negreanu (2004), Joe Hachem (2006), Eugene Katchalov (2007), Antonio Esfandiari (2010), Dan Smith (2013), Dylan Linde (2018) and Alex Foxen (2019).

If you want to take a crack at adding your name to that illustrious list of WPT champions, then just head on over to the Bellagio!



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Santiago is a longtime veteran of the poker industry, having written primarily about the game in Argentina since 2009. He has published hundreds of articles in Sudamerican Poker and Pokerlogia, and has provided live media coverage at the WSOP Main Event in 2015 and 2019. In addition to being a former columnist in PokerFace Magazine, […]