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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Thursday, June 28, 2012 to Saturday, June 30, 2012

Event #50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $5,000
  • Prizepool: $4,704,700
  • Entries: 1,001
  • Remaining: 0
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07/01/12 03:19:33 PM PDT

Peter Vilandos

It took four days and more than 32 one-hour levels, but we have a reached a winner in Event 50, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em. Panayote "Peter" Vilandos is the sole survivor of a field than began with 1,001 players. He'll take home the $952,694 first-place prize, along with his third World Series of Poker bracelet.

Saturday's Day 3 failed to deliver a winner, so the remaining three players returned Sunday with the chance of capturing the coveted WSOP bracelet. Dan Smith entered Day 4 with the chip lead, but was the first to go. Unable to ride the momentum from Day 3, Smith found himself as the short stack at the table by the time his chips were in the middle. He was ahead with    against the    of Vilandos, but a fortunate turn gave Vilandos the lead, and soon the pot, to take a solid chip lead into heads-up play.

With about 8.8 million to Kyle Julius' 5.2 million, Vilandos didn't allow his young opponent to gain any traction. He quickly extended his lead by the time Level 32 ended and shortly into Level 33, Julius was all in at risk with   . Vilandos led with    and dodged Julius' outs to seal the deal.

Final Table Results

1Panayote "Peter" Vilandos$952,694
2Kyle Julius$589,687
3Dan Smith$368,943
4Kevin Schulz$267,792
5Derek Gregory$197,691
6Thomas Conway$148,198
7Matt Giannetti$112,725
8Tommy Vedes$86,889
9Amir Lehavot$67,889

For Vilandos, it his third WSOP bracelet. In 1995, he won a $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event and followed that in 2009 by taking down a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event.

Congratulations to Panayote "Peter" Vilandos on a job well done and thank you for keeping it here at PokerNews. Be sure to check out our Live Reporting page for updates on all of the other events taking place.

07/01/12 02:47:02 PM PDT

Kyle Julius - 2nd Place

It took just a few hands after the break for Peter Vilandos to close out the heads-up duel.

Vilandos limped on the button, Kyle Julius moved all-in for around 2.1 million from the big blind, and Vilandos made the call.


The crowd was clearly on the side of Julius as they bayed for a five like the wolves in the face of a moon.


There was a stunned silenceā€¦then after a few seconds the sounds of, "FIVE, FIVE, FIVE," bellowed from the crowd once more.


"DEUCE, DEUCE, DEUCE," screamed the fans in louder and louder tones.


The crowd turned their heads away from the table and the two combatants shook hands. Kyle Julius had come as close as he had ever come to winning a WSOP title, and for that he should pat himself on the back. For Vilandos it is now a hat trick of WSOP titles and what an amazing feat that is.

Panayote Vilandos15,015,0002,285,000
Kyle Julius0-2,260,000
07/01/12 02:41:31 PM PDT
Level: 33 Blinds: 80000/160000 Ante: 15000
07/01/12 02:21:18 PM PDT

The two players are now on a twenty-minute break

07/01/12 02:20:28 PM PDT

More of the same really. Peter Vilandos limped from the button, Kyle Julius made it 300,000 and Vilandos called. The flop was      , Julius bet 275,000, Vilandos raised, but before we could count it out Julius had folded. Vilandos turned over     and Julius showed     for two monster hands.

Panayote Vilandos12,730,000430,000
Kyle Julius2,260,000-540,000
07/01/12 02:11:50 PM PDT

We had another Peter Vilandos limp from the button, but this time Kyle Julius raised to 275,000. Vilandos made the call and the pair shared the flop of      . Julius liked the monotone texture and bet 300,000 and it was sufficient enough to win the pot.

Then Julius raised to 250,000 on the button and Vilandos caleld in the big blind. The action checked through to the river on a board of           and Julius called off a 500,000 Vilandos bet. Vilandos turned over     for the baby flush and Julius had called with     for top pair.

Panayote Vilandos12,300,000200,000
Kyle Julius2,800,000-200,000
07/01/12 02:07:50 PM PDT

Peter Vilandos looks confident and is playing with confidence. His chip stack has only headed further towards the roof since this heads-up match started and here is another example of how.

Vilandos limped from the button and Kyle Julius checked his option. The flop of       created some action after Julius check-called a 200,000 Vilandos bet. Fourth street contained the   and Vilandos pulled back the trigger and fired his second barrel. It was worth 300,000 and Julius took it. The last card was the   and it was followed by a third barrel of 425,000 and Julius called for the third time. Vilandos turned over     for top pair and Julius tabled     for top pair with an inferior kicker.

Panayote Vilandos12,100,0001,100,000
Kyle Julius3,000,000-1,100,000
07/01/12 01:59:13 PM PDT

Kyle Julius raised to 250,000 on the button and Peter Vilandos called in the big blind. The flop was       and Vilandos check-called a 225,000 Julius bet. On the turn   the same action ensued, this time for 275,000, and finally on the river  , both players checked. Vilandos turned over     and it was enough to win the pot.

Panayote Vilandos11,000,000900,000
Kyle Julius4,100,000-900,000
07/01/12 01:48:45 PM PDT

Peter Vilandos limped from the button, Kyle Julius raised to 275,000 and Vilandos called. The flop was       and Julius bet 300,000; Vilandos called. The turn   was checked through by both parties before we saw the   on the river. Julius checked, Vilandos bet 600,000 and Julius folded.

Then Julius raised to 275,000 on the button and Vilandos called. The action checked through to the turn on a board of         and Julius picked up the pot with a 280,000 bet.

Panayote Vilandos10,100,000300,000
Kyle Julius5,000,000-300,000
07/01/12 01:45:18 PM PDT

Peter Vilandos raised to 300,000 on the button and Kyle Julius made the call. The action checked through to the turn on a board of         and Julius check-called a 300,000 Vilandos bet. That was the end of the betting action as the   was checked through on the river and Vilandos took down the pot with     for 2nd pair.

Panayote Vilandos9,800,000600,000
Kyle Julius5,300,000-600,000
07/01/12 01:28:53 PM PDT

There will be a short delay as the heads-up confrontation is set up. We will be back with the action very shortly.

07/01/12 01:18:41 PM PDT

Dan Smith - 3rd

A very disappointed Dan Smith has just bolted out of the Amazon Room after being eliminated in 3rd place. He came into the three way action, not only with the chip lead, but as one of the most in form players in world poker. This is how his cruel exit transpired.

Dan Smith raised to 250,000 on the button, Peter Vilandos three-bet to 720,000, Smith moved all-in for about 2,950,000 and Vilandos called.


It was Smith at risk of elimination, but he had Vilandos crushed. The flop was       and Smith was still in a commanding lead. Then disaster and joy struck on the turn when the   sent Smith into despair and Vilandos into ecstasy. The   rounded things off and Smith had been beaten.

So Vilandos and Julius are heads up. Will Kyle Julius win his first ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet or will Vilandos take home his third?

Panayote Vilandos9,200,0002,650,000
Kyle Julius5,900,000400,000
Dan Smith0-2,830,000
07/01/12 01:16:35 PM PDT
Level: 32 Blinds: 60000/120000 Ante: 15000
07/01/12 01:15:40 PM PDT

It has not been a very happy start for the man in form - Dan Smith. He came into the three-handed action as the chip leader but currently props up that board like Atlas himself.

Smith raised to 250,000 from the small blind and Kyle Julius made the call. The action checked through to the turn on a board of         and Smith bet 325,000; Julius called. The river card was the   and Smith moved 425,000 across the line and waited for a Julius reaction. He didn't have to wait long before the dealer was heard saying, "1.1 million." Smith looked dejected. He composed himself, thought for a while and folded his hand.

Kyle Julius5,500,0001,000,000
Dan Smith2,830,000-1,170,000
07/01/12 01:06:12 PM PDT

It was a small pot, but the most important thing, was the momentum. Kyle Julius raised from the button and found a willing participant in the form of Dan Smith (BB). The flop was       and Smith check-folded to a 225,000 Julius c-bet and he took down another pot.

Kyle Julius4,500,000250,000
Dan Smith4,000,000-100,000
07/01/12 01:00:25 PM PDT

The action folded to Kyle Julius in the small blind and he popped it up to 250,000. Peter Vilandos was seated in the big blind and he made the call. The flop was       and Vilandos called a 225,000 Julius c-bet. Onto the turn   and it got a little intense. Julius checked, Vilandos bet 500,000, Julius moved all-in and Vilandos surrendered his hand.

Panayote Vilandos6,550,000-1,000,000
Kyle Julius4,250,0001,050,000
07/01/12 12:55:42 PM PDT

Dan Smith raised to 250,000 on the button and Peter Vilandos defended his big blind. The flop was a low and connected looking       and Vilandos check-called a 300,000 Smith bet. The turn   was checked through and the action restarted on the river. It was the   and another check-call, this time for 675,000 and Vilandos was good with a flopped set of treys that turned into a baby flush (   ). Smith showed down    .

Vilandos continues his great start to this three-way action.

Panayote Vilandos7,550,0001,200,000
Dan Smith4,100,000-1,375,000
07/01/12 12:52:19 PM PDT

Kyle Julius limped into the pot from the small blind and Pete Vilandos checked in the big. Both players checked through to the turn on a board of         and Julius check-called a 200,000 Vilandos bet. The final card was the   and both players checked. Julis turned over     to win the pot and Vilandos showed    .

Panayote Vilandos6,350,000-250,000
Kyle Julius3,200,000260,000
07/01/12 12:47:21 PM PDT

Dan Smith raised to 250,000 on the button, Kyle Julius three-bet to 575,000 from the small blind and Peter Vilandos brought out the four-bet for the first time this afternoon. It was a nice and clean raise to 2 million and both players ran to the hills.

Panayote Vilandos6,600,000850,000
Kyle Julius2,940,000-710,000
07/01/12 12:44:41 PM PDT

With all of the action between Dan Smith and Kyle Julius you must be wondering what has happened to our two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Pete Vilandos? Well he is pegging away quite fine. In fact he has just won two pots in action against Julius to take him up to 5,750,000.

Panayote Vilandos5,750,000550,000
Kyle Julius3,650,000-850,000