Over the weekend, David “Chino” Rheem captured the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas collecting over $1.5 million in prize money.
Rheem overcame 497 players over six days to seek retribution after a disappointing month following his exit in 7th place in the 2008 WSOP Main Event.
A final table that included two of his good mates in Steve Sung (4th) and Amnon Filippi (5th), and fellow poker professionals Hoyt Corkins (6th), Evan McNiff (3rd) and Justin Young (2nd), it would take an epic battle over 5-hours to see Rheem crowned champion when his pocket kings held up against Young’s top-pair.
With a final table full of big names it was no surprise to see the 100 place-getters full of poker royalty. Falling short of the final table were Mike “the Mouth” Matusow (9th), Clonie Gowen (10th), Robert Mizrachi (11th) and Nick Shulman (13th). WSOP Bracelet winners Tom Franklin (20th), John Hennigan (23rd), David Benyamine (25th), Barry Greenstein (38th) and Allen Cunningham (48th). Sneaking into the money were poker-stalwarts David Sklansky (91st), Johnny Chan (92nd) and Phil Hellmuth (93rd).
This win has taken Rheem to over $4 million in life-time tournament earnings which includes six WSOP cashes; three of which are final tables. With sixteen of his twenty tournament cashes being final tables and nine of these being top three finishes, Rheem’s place as one of the elite poker professional on the tournament circuit has definitely been solidified through his recent results.
Will we see Chino make his way down under this January? Be sure to stay tuned to PokerNetwork for all the latest updates from the Aussie Millions.
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