Dylan Linde Wins WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.6 Million

December 16th, 2018 by Jon Sofen

Dylan Linde was the last man standing out of 1,001 at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio in Las Vegas. And for his performance, he earned a $1.63 million payday and a spot in the exclusive World Poker Tour Champions Club.

Dylan Linde, WPT Five Diamond champion

Dylan Linde shipped the WPT Five Diamond at Bellagio for a nice cool $1.6 million, which should buy plenty of dog treats. (Image: WPT)

The Idaho native, largely thanks to an ill-timed bluff, defeated Milos Skrbic heads-up for the title. His opponent, however, can’t feel too bad about losing the match. He still walked away with $1,087,000. That’s certainly enough money to buy his family plenty of nice holiday gifts without putting it all on credit.

Never Easy Winning a WPT Event

Linde beat a brutal field that featured many poker legends. Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Antonio Esfandiari, and WPT great Darren Elias, among others, all came to play. But none of them could outlast the eventual champion.

Andrew “Lucky Chewy” Lichtenberger was among the talented pros in the field who ran deep. He held a big stack through much of Day Three and at the final table on Saturday. But was eventually eliminated in third place by Skrbic after his top pair on the flop couldn’t hold up against a flush draw. Still, he won $803,000 and now has over $9.3 million in lifetime live tournament winnings.

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Final Table Results

  1. Dylan Linde (USA) $1,631,468
  2. Milos Skrbic (Serbia) $1,087,603
  3. Andrew Lichtenberger (USA) $802,973
  4. Ping Liu (USA) $599,147
  5. Lisa Hamilton (USA) $451,880
  6. Barry Hutter (USA) $344,529

Former WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen just missed a seat at the final table (ninth for $163,142). Sorel Mizzi, a skilled Canadian, also ran deep (12th for $130,052).

Rory Young, who recently lost $62,400 in the infamous $100,000 solitary confinement prop bet against Rich Alati, almost won that money back with an 18th place finish for $70,599. After subtracting the $10,400 buy-in, he turned a $60,199 profit.

Dylan Linde Last Person Standing

A record 1,001 players registered for this annual event in Las Vegas. But none exited Bellagio with more cash ($1.63 million) than Dylan Linde. And he can certainly thank an ill-timed bluff for that massive payday.

After Lichtenberger’s top pair failed to hold up against Skrbic’s flush draw, heads-up play began. Linde held a slight lead but it was clearly anyone’s ballgame at that point.

Nearly 45 minutes into heads-up play, the game was still tight. With Linde still holding a 1.5-1 chip advantage, he finally found a hand that would give him some distance.

Skrbic, who started the hand with around 16 million in chips, bet 3.5 million on the river of a 7-4-3-8-6 board. The hands weren’t visible but when Linde shoved all-in, we presume he held a 5 for a straight. Skrbic, who was likely bluffing, mucked his card and faced nearly a 3-1 disadvantage.

He never recovered. Linde then won pot after pot, grinding away his opponent’s chip stack, before finishing him off with pocket jacks against pocket fives. The board ran out safely (9-K-9-9-A) and the Idaho native earned his first career World Poker Tour title.

2 Responses to “Dylan Linde Wins WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.6 Million”

  1. Dejange says:

    Nice to see a native fellow in HU of this amazing WPT tourney! I see very rarely a Serbian player running so deep. Congrats to Linde for the win and title!

  2. ron bowers says:

    the picture is Not Dylan

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