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World Series Of Poker -- Praz Bansi Wins Event No. 5

Wins First Bracelet Since 2006 And $515,501


Praz BansiPraz Bansi (pictured left) won event no. 5 ($1,500 No Limit Hold’em) at the 2010 World Series of Poker to secure his second bracelet and $515,501. Bansi defeated Vincent Jacques heads-up in a grueling test of will. Bansi’s first bracelet came in the 2006 WSOP when he won event no. 42 ($1,000 No Limit Hold’em). He took home $230,209 for that win.

A total of 2,092 players registered for the three-day event, putting together a prizepool of $2,824,200. There were 216 places paid and the first player to cash was David Bach. He earned $2,880 for his 216th place finish. Other notables who made the money include Antonio Esfandiari (211th), Tad Jurgens (187th), Shaun Deeb (164th), Dustin Woolf (162nd), Shannon Shorr (111th) and Adam Levy (51st).

There were 23 players who returned for the final day and it took just under four hours to get down to the final nine participants. Notables like John Myung (17th) and Yuval Bronshtein (12th) were just a couple of the names who did not make it to the final table.

Kyle Knecht was the first casualty at the final table and David Sands soon followed him out the door. By the time heads-up play began, Bansi and Jacques were almost dead even in chips, but Bansi gradually chipped away at Jacques’ stack. However, Jacques would not go away without a fight. On two occassions, Jacques got all of his chips into the middle only to be dominated by Bansi. Still, Jacques came from behind both times to avoid elimination.

Finally, after another hour of grinding Jacques down, Bansi held A-J against his opponent’s A-8. This time, the best hand held up and Bansi took home his second bracelet.

Here are the official final table results:

1. Praz Bansi — $515,501
2. Vincent Jacques — $320,913
3. Calvin Kordus — $223,069
4. David Tuthill — $160,654
5. Tomer Berda — $117,416
6. Donald Offord — $86,858
7. Hugh Bell — $65,097
8. David Sands — $49,409
9. Kyle Knecht — $37,943

Here are the elimination hands as reported on’s live updates:

Kyle Knecht Eliminated In 9th Place

Praz Bansi raised to 76,000 from under the gun and action folded around to Kyle Knecht. He repopped to 171,000, putting himself all in. David Tuthill made the call and Bansi mucked.

Knecht turned over KDiamond SuitJClub Suit while Tuthill showed 8Spade Suit8Heart Suit.

The board ran out QSpade Suit8Club Suit3Spade Suit5Diamond SuitASpade Suit and Tuthill improved to a set on the flop to eliminate Knecht.

David SandsDavid Sands Eliminated In 8th Place ($49,409)

David Sands moved all in for 575,000 and Praz Bansi reraised all in. No one called that bet and Sands showed 4Spade Suit4Heart Suit.

Bansi turned over JClub SuitJDiamond Suit and the board ran out AHeart SuitASpade Suit9Diamond SuitADiamond SuitQSpade Suit offering no help to Sands and he was eliminated.

Hugh Bell Eliminated In 7th Place ($65,097)

Hugh Bell put in a raise preflop and David Tuthill came over the top with a raise of his own. Bell called, putting himself all in.

Tuthill turned over 10Spade Suit10Heart Suit but was dominated by Bell’s AHeart SuitAClub Suit.

The board ran out QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit4Spade Suit9Diamond Suit10Diamond Suit, giving Tuthill a miracle set on the river to eliminate Bell.

Daniel OffordDonald Offord Eliminated In 6th Place ($86,858)

Donald Offord moved all in from the cutoff and Vincent Jacques did the same from the button. David Tuthill put in the initial raise but mucked his hand after all the action.

Offord turned over JSpade SuitJDiamond Suit but was dominated by Jacques and his QHeart SuitQDiamond Suit.

The board ran out ASpade Suit7Spade Suit10Diamond Suit10Heart Suit5Heart Suit and Offord was eliminated.

Tomer Berda Eliminated In 5th Place ($117,416)

David Tuthill raised it up from the cutoff preflop and Tomer Berda reraised.

Tuthill put in a third raise and Berda came over the top with the rest of his chips. Tuthill made the call and turned over KClub SuitKHeart Suit. It was the best hand as Berda showed down ADiamond SuitKClub Suit.

The board ran out 10Diamond Suit7Heart Suit4Spade Suit3Heart Suit8Spade Suit and Berda was eliminated.

David TuthillDavid Tuthill Eliminated In 4th Place ($160,654)

David Tuthill found himself all in holding AHeart SuitJDiamond Suit. Praz Bansi made the call with KDiamond SuitKClub Suit.

The board ran out QDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit7Spade Suit6Spade Suit4Club Suit and the one time chip leader at the final table was eliminated.

Calvin Kordus Eliminated In 3rd Place ($223,069)

Calvin Kordus moved all in preflop and Vincent Jacques made the call.

Kordus tabled ADiamond Suit5Diamond Suit and was dominated by Vincent Jacques AClub Suit8Club Suit.

The board ran out ASpade SuitKSpade Suit10Diamond Suit6Spade Suit3Club Suit and Kordus made his exit in third place, leaving Jacques and Praz Bansi to battle heads-up for the bracelet.

Praz BansiVincent Jacques Eliminated In 2nd Place ($320,913); Praz Bansi Wins Event No. 5 ($515,501)

Praz Bansi raised to 225,000 preflop and the action was on Vincent Jacques. He moved in for 315,000 total and Bansi made a quick call.

Jacques turned over AClub Suit8Spade Suit but was dominated by Bansi’s ASpade SuitJSpade Suit.

The board ran out QSpade SuitQDiamond SuitJHeart Suit8Diamond Suit2Club Suit and Bansi took down his second WSOP bracelet and a cool half million dollars to go with it.