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Panayote 'Pete' Vilandos Wins His Third Career World Series of Poker Bracelet

Kyle Julius And Dan Smith Vault Into Top Two In Player Of The Year Race

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Panayote VilandosThough it was overshadowed by the kickoff of the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop tournament, there was still some big money up for grabs in event no. 50 of the 2012 World Series of Poker, the $5,000 no-limit hold’em tournament.

A total of 1,001 players put up the buy-in, creating a total prize pool of $4,704,700. After four days of play, it was none other than Panayote “Pete” Vilandos who took it down, claiming his third career WSOP bracelet and a massive $952,694 payday.

“Happy cards go to happy people,” said Vilandos. “And, I’m happy.”

The 72-year-old retiree from Greece has more than $3 million in lifetime tournament earnings and last won a bracelet in 2009. His first came in a pot-limit Omaha event in 1995.

Vilandos defeated a stacked final table that included Amir Lehavot, Tommy Vedes, Matt Giannetti, Dan Smith and Kyle Julius.

Kyle JuliusSmith, who finished third, earned $368,943 and 1,280 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his sixth final table of the year, having won the $100,000 high roller at the Aussie Millions for $1,060,981 in January, along with three €5,000 side events at EPT Monte Carlo. With 3,488 POY Points, Smith is now sitting in second place overall.

Not to be outdone, however, was runner-up finisher Kyle Julius, who pocketed $589,687 and 1,600 POY Points. Julius finished second in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event in January for $1,500,000. With 3,600 POY points, he is now in first place overall, holding a slight lead over Smith and Aussie Oliver Speidel.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Panayote Vilandos $952,694 1,920
2 Kyle Julius $589,687 1,600
3 Dan Smith $368,943 1,280
4 Kevin Schulz $267,792 960
5 Derek Gregory $197,691 800
6 Thomas Conway $148,198 640
7 Matt Giannetti $112,725 480
8 Tommy Vedes $86,896 320
9 Amir Lehavot $67,889 160

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