Poker Coverage: Poker Tournaments Casino News Sports Betting Poker Strategy

Filippos Stavrakis Wins 2018 WSOP $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

46-Year-Old Dedicates His First Bracelet Win To His Late Brother


Card Player’s 2018 WSOP coverage is sponsored by BetOnline Poker. Get a 100% bonus, up to $1,000, by joining now. The site offers great cash game action and a chance to win more than $1 million in guaranteed tournaments throughout the month.

The 2018 World Series of Poker $1,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha event drew a field of 986 entries, but of course, there could only be one champion. In the end, that player was Filippos Stavrakis. The 46-year old Baltimore, Maryland native earned $169,842 and his first WSOP gold bracelet for the win. He dedicated the title to his late brother, Jimmy.

“We lost my little brother a couple of years ago,” Stavrakis told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “I’ve been playing poker for a long time, and I always said that if I was fortunate enough to win a bracelet, I’d dedicate it to him. It means a lot; it felt like he was there for me all day.”

In addition to earning the bracelet and the money, Stavrakis was also awarded 912 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his third final table showing of the year, and this win was enough to see him move into 156th place in the 2018 Player of the Year standings.

Stavrakis came into the final day of this event as the chip leader with 14 players remaining. By the time the field was narrowed to ten players, he had extended his lead to the point that he sat with nearly three times as many chips as the second largest stack belonging Jordan Siegel. The two chip leaders outlasted the rest of the final table competitors, including the most accomplished players among them in Thayer Rasmussen (7th – $20,957) and Felipe Ramos (3rd – $73,989).

With Ramos’ elimination Stavrakis took 3,170,000 into heads-up play against Siegel, who sat with 1,750,000 in chips. It didn’t take long for the final hand to arise. With blinds of 40,000-80,000, Stavrakis raised to 160,000 from the button and Jordan Siegel called. The flop brought the KDiamond Suit7Spade Suit4Diamond Suit and Siegel fired out 320,000. Stavrakis announced a pot-sized raise, enough to pit Siegel all-in. He made the call with the ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit for a flush draw and a gutshot straight draw, but found himself in rough shape against the ADiamond Suit7Diamond Suit7Club Suit4Spade Suit, giving Stavrakis middle set and the nut flush draw. The QHeart Suit on the turn and 10Heart Suit on the river kept Stavrakis’ set in the lead and Siegel was eliminated in second place. He took home $104,924 for his strong showing.

Other notables who made deep runs in this event include Arthur Morris (10th – $9,435), Shannon Shorr (29th – $4,008), Alex Condon (42nd – $3,363), Martin Finger (59th – $2,485), Kirill Gerasimov (64th – $2,190) and Joe Cada (75th – $1,962).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Filippos Stavrakis $169,842 912
2 Jordan Siegel $104,924 760
3 Felipe Ramos $73,989 608
4 Clint Monfort $52,879 456
5 Peter Klein $38,309 380
6 Pascal Damois $28,137 304
7 Thayer Rasmussen $20,957 228
8 Georgios Karavokyris $15,832 152
9 Robert Cowen $12,133 76

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2018 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.