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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2009 | WSOP2009 Tournaments

Event 24, 1.5K NLHE: Vilandos Doesn't Settle For 2nd This Time

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As usual the field for one of the many $1,500 No Limit Hold Em events at the World Series of Poker was a large one as 2,506 players started the event. While most of the top name pro's typically go out of their way to avoid this one and prefer to play in the 5 p.m. non hold em events, players like Phil Hellmuth and other hold em specialists still gave this one a go. Scott Montgomery, Joe Sebok, and Kara Scott were among the players to make the money.

The final ten was set:

Seat 1 – David Lerman – 276,000
Seat 2 – Ronnie Kevin – 507,000
Seat 3 – Dean Hamrick – 1,473,000
Seat 4 – Glenn McCaffrey – 1,500,000
Seat 5 – Michael Greco – 896,000
Seat 6 – Ernst Hermans – 859,000
Seat 7 – Brian Fitzpatrick – 989,000
Seat 8 – Andy Seth – 2,290,000
Seat 9 – Alan Jaffray – 1,946,000
Seat 10 – Panayote "Pete" Vilandos – 702,000

David Lerman came in with by far the shortest stack but managed to double up with A-J against Brian Fitzpatrick's A-3 of clubs when the board came 8-8-2-10-4 (the turn put two clubs on the board creating the inevitable sweat). Ernst Hermans would soon after open shove for 360K with the blinds at 20/40K with pocket 3's. Ronnie Kevin moved all in behind him, just having Hermans slightly covered and having Hermans dominated with pocket kings. The board cam 9-8-6-K-9 and Kevin's full house was the easy winner. Ernst Hermans finished in 10th place winning $51,755.

Brian Fitzpatrick found himself short and moved all in with A-8 only to be looked up by Pete Vilandos who had him dominated with A-10. The flop came 10-7-2 putting Vilandos way ahead. A jack on the turn gave Fitzpatrick outs to any 9 for a straight but the river was a 3 and Vilandos stacked up Fitzpatrick's chips. Brian Fitzpatrick finished in 9th place winning $73,886.

Michael Greco then went on a mad rush, first doubling up when he moved all in with A-Q and was called by the 10's of Glenn McCaffrey. A queen on the turn gave the pot to the vocal Brit who moments later called a raise from Andy Seth pre-flop out of the big blind. The flop came 9-8-6 and Greco check called Seth's bet. The turn was another 8 and Greco checked again. Seth bet and Greco check raised all in and was quickly called by Seth who had pocket queens. Greco, however, had A-8 and doubled up with trip 8's.

Ronnie Kevin would pick the wrong time to get A-Q as he came over the top of Pete Vilandos re-raise of Andy Seth's opener and was quickly called by Pete and his pocket kings. No ace or other help for Kevin and Vilandos stacked more chips into his ever growing stack. Ronnie Kevin finished in 8th place winning $79,017.

Glenn McCaffrey opened the action for 115K and found callers in Alan Jaffray and David Lerman. The flop came 10-4-3 and Lerman moved all in for slightly more than the size of the pot. Jaffray folded but McCaffrey made the call and tabled K-10 for top pair. Lerman had middle pair with his 9-4 of hearts but was unable to hit either of his cards to surpass McCaffrey and was eliminated. David Lerman finished in 7th place winning $88,937.

With the blinds now at 30K/60K, Alan Jaffray decided having nearly a million in chips wasn't enough of a comfort zone and open shoved with K-Q. Pete Vilandos made the call and had Jaffray dominated with A-Q. The board would come Q-3-2-7-3 and Vilandos would add to his chip lead. Alan Jaffray finished in 6th place winning $105,699.

Vilandos would start attacking with his big stack and decided to look up the smallish raise from Michael Greco with K-10 out of the big blind. The flop came K-9-3 and Vilandos check called a 200K bet from Greco. The turn was another 9 and Vilandos checked again. Greco bet 250K, leaving himself with just about half a million, and Vilandos announced that he was all in. After about a minute of deliberation, Greco made the call and was delighted to see that his pocket aces were still in the lead. The river was a 2 and Greco doubled up to nearly 2 million while Vilandos was still the runaway chip leader with over 3.5 million in chips.

Hamrick decided to test his luck by raising Pete's big blind but Vilandos was having none of that and moved all in. Hamrick made the call and showed A-Q and he was off to the races with Vilandos who had pocket 9's. A 9 on the turn made the river a moot point and Vilandos stack was now up to 5 million. Dean Hamrick finished in 5th place winning $132,380.

Glenn McCaffrey would be the next player to hit the rail when he came over the top of an Andy Seth button raise with A-J and was called by Seth's A-7. The board, however, came with 4 diamonds and the 7 of diamonds in Seth's hand was enough to win the pot. Glenn McCaffrey finished in 4th place winning $176,165.

Michael Greco found himself the shortest stack and when he looked down and saw A-10 in the big blind after Andy Seth had raised from the button, it was an easy all in for him. Seth made the call with pocket 7's that would hold up. Michael Greco's day was done and he finished in 3rd winning a very respectable $248,855.

Heads up play started with Seth and Vilandos nearly even in chips. Seth would take the early lead in the heads up match but then a huge pot would develop that would help define the final outcome. Seth opened the action to 250K and Vilandos re-raised it to 500K. Seth three bet to 1.315 million and with a wave of his hands Vilandos would indicate that he was all in. Seth snap called and the cards were turned over. A-Q for Seth and A-K for Vilandos. The king kicker would play and Vilandos would take a commanding 9 million to 2 million chip lead.

Vilandos then limped in only to see Seth pop it up from the big blind. Vilandos decided to apply pressure with his big stack and moved all in and Seth called quickly with A-J. Seth was ahead as Vilandos had A-5. The flop came 10-4-3, a good flop for Seth as his A-J stayed in the lead although it did give Vilandos additional outs to any deuce. Of course it was that deuce that would come on the turn to end the tournament and give the win and bracelet to Vilandos. Andy Seth finished in 2nd place winning $372,855.

After finishing 2nd in an earlier no limit event earlier this WSOP, Pete Vilandos could have let that close finish haunt him. He didn't though and bounced back with a vengeance and seized control of the final table from the very beginning. Heads up started even but a huge hand with Vilandos having the best of it led to his first WSOP bracelet. Pete Vilandos finished in 1st place winning $607,256. Congratulations Pete!

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