The WSOP $5,000 buy-in No Limit Holdem event kicked off on June 28th with a total prize pool of $4,704,700 and a field of 1,001 of which 117 would take home money.
Panayote "Peter the Greek" Vilandos played through three days of tough players, only to return for an unscheduled fourth day of play with two more players that took an additional four hours of play to find Vilandos collecting the gold bracelet and $952,694 in first place prize money.
Vilandos has played WSOP events for 20 years, winning gold bracelets in 1995 (Pot-Limit Omaha), and 2009 (No-Limit Hold'em). This is Vilandos 21st time to cash and he has combined lifetime earnings at the WSOP for more than $2.3 million. Vilandos became the 58th player in history to win three or more gold bracelets with this victory.
Although the field was filled with many professionals and the final table had one gold bracelet winner, Amir Lehavot, it came down to one final hand between Kyle Julius and Pete Vilandos.
Vilandos limped from the button and Kyle Julius shoved all-in from the big blind for around 2.1 million. Vilandos called and tabled . Julius held the .
Julius was the crowd favorite which was obvious by the noise and the card calling that ensued.
The flop of slowed the crowd down for a millisecond and then the chant of "FIVE, FIVE, FIVE," brought it all back again.
The turned off to give them reason to scream for 'DEUCE, DEUCE, DEUCE!"
The rivered silenced the crowd and Kyle Julius took home $589,687 for his second place finish.
Panayote "Pete" Vilandos accepted a first place prize of $952,694 and his third WSOP gold. Congratulations Pete.
Pete and his wife take a moment with PokerNews.com's Sarah Grant:
Final Table Payouts:
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