Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:42 PM Local Time
Filippos Stavrakis Wins Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha ($169,842); Dedicates it to His Brother
A total of 986 entries showed up for Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. When the final curtain came down it was Filippos Stavrakis taking home the prestigious World Series of Poker bracelet and an astounding $169,842 first place cash prize. Devrakis bested Jordan Siegel heads-up, Brazilian star Felipe Ramos came in third.
Stavrakis came into the final day of the tournament as the chipleader with 14 players remaining. He was the shortest stack at one point during four-handed play, but rallied back to win it all.
"My wife is very superstitious. She always thinks she brings bad luck and she is actually quite the opposite for me," Stavrakis said as he looked at her and smiled.
It wasn't just about the comeback, though. Behind all the Pot-Limit Omaha battles at the felt, there was a deeper story lurking. One that became clear in the winner's photo, which showed a piece of paper with a few words on it that said it all:
"For Jimmy. Love & miss you bro."
"A couple years ago we lost my brother prematurely and I always said that if I was fortunate enough to win a bracelet I would dedicate it to him. It felt like he was with me all day," Stavrakis said after claiming the gold.
Final Table Results
|1||Filippos Stavrakis||United States||$169,842|
|2||Jordan Siegel||United States||$104,924|
|4||Clinton Monfort||United States||$52,879|
|5||Peter Klein||United States||$38,309|
|7||Thayer Rasmussen||United States||$20,957|
|9||Robert Cowen||United Kingdom||$12,133|
Final Day Action
Just a few moments after the 22nd level started it was Arthur Morris that would be the official final table bubble. Morris ended up all in before the flop and was called by Georgios Karavokyris who would turn a flush to eliminate Morris in tenth place. The 22nd level also had another bust out in Robert Cowen who found himself all in versus Stavrakis. Cowen was leading after the flop with two pair but Stavrakis would complete his flush on the turn. Cowen could not fill up on the river and was eliminated in ninth place.
It was the Greek native Karavokyris who would be next to hit the rail as he ran into Siegel's aces. The flop came down with a pair of jacks for Karavokyris, but the rest of the board ran in favor of Siegel and Karavokyris was eliminated in 8th place. Thayer Rasmussen found himself all in before any cards were dealt in the big blind after losing a hand to Clinton Monfort that left him with less than a small blind. Rasmussen would be eliminated in 7th to Kleins flopped set of threes.
Pascal Damois started the day third in chips and was quiet for most of it until he got it all in against Stavrakis. He was ahead with his aces but Stavrakis flopped two pair and held on to eliminate Damois in sixth. The fifth-place finisher was Peter Klein who grinded out the whole day and patiently picked good spots to move his chips around. Klein moved all in on a queen high board with kings and Siegel made the call with his flopped set of queens to eliminate Klein.
After a grueling three hours of four-handed play, it was Monfort that was the first to succumb and head for payout desk. After a raise from Ramos, Monfort moved all in with his kings. Ramos called and would end up with a flush by the time all the cards hit the felt, eliminating Monfort in fourth.
Well-known Brazilian Ramos had a whole cheering section railing him for the final table, who even got moved further away from the table for being too boisterous. However, when Ramos called all in for his tournament life against Stavrakis on the river, they all dropped silent as Stavrakis tabled a straight. Ramos had the smaller straight and was eliminated by Stavrakis.
It was close to the end of level 29 when Siegel found himself all in with a flush draw and straight draw. Stavrakis called with a set and higher straight draw, the board ran out with no help for Siegel. He finished second place for a six-figure payday and congratulated the winner on his way to the payout desk.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:16 PM Local Time
Jordan Siegel Eliminated in 2nd Place ($104,924)
Filippos Stavrakis raised to 160,000 from the button and big blind Jordan Siegel called.
The flop was and Siegel chose to lead out with a bet of 320,000. Stavrakis bet pot to put Siegel all-in and Siegel called the all-in bet.
Stavrakis was miles ahead with middle set and the nut flush draw, leaving Siegel drawing to just one of the non-diamond fives. The board ran out and with that runout, Stavrakis is the champion of the tournament. Siegel ends as the runner-up and received a payday of $104,924 for his accomplishment.
Filippos Stravrakis has won his first gold WSOP bracelet and a career-high cash of $169,842. The end of day recap and winner's photo will follow.
|Filippos Stavrakis||4,930,000||1,335,000 |
|Jordan Siegel||0||-1,300,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 11:05 PM Local Time
Stavrakis Extends His Lead
Filippos Stavrakis extended his lead by taking down the first big pot of the heads-up battle. Stavrakis limped his small blind and Jordan Siegel checked his option.
The flop came down and Siegel check-called a bet of 125,000. On the turn Siegel check-called another bet, but this time the bet was 325,000.
The river was the and Siegel checked a final time, before seeing Stavrakis put in a bet of 700,000. Siegel folded within a couple seconds.
|Filippos Stavrakis||3,595,000||310,000 |
|Jordan Siegel||1,300,000||-310,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:52 PM Local Time
Careful Heads-Up Play
After five hands of limp-check heads-up play, it is Filippos Stavrakis that has increased. Players are playing very carefully as the next pay jump is around $65,000, plus the small matter of who gets a gold WSOP bracelet will also be decided.
|Filippos Stavrakis||3,285,000||115,000 |
|Jordan Siegel||1,610,000||-140,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:37 PM Local Time
Felipe Ramos Eliminated in 3rd Place ($73,989)
Filippos Stavrakis raised to 200,000 from the button and Felipe Ramos called.
The flop was and both players checked to see the turn appear. Ramos checked and Stavrakis bet 300,000. Ramos counted out the chips for a call and pushed them forward.
The river was the and Ramos checked again. This time Stavrakia bet out for effectively 400,000, putting Ramos all-in. Ramos took a minute to figure out what to do and made the call.
Ramos got eliminated in 3rd place, cashing for $73,989 but missing out on his first WSOP gold bracelet.
|Filippos Stavrakis||3,170,000||1,640,000 |
|Jordan Siegel||1,750,000||-720,000 |
|Felipe Ramos||0||-965,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:18 PM Local Time
Clinton Monfort Eliminated in 4th Place ($52,879)
Felipe Ramos opened up to 280,000 from the button and Clinton Monfort then moved all in for around 440,000. Ramos made the call and Monfort would be at risk, players then showed their hands.
The flop came down and Ramos flopped a set with spades. Monfort would need to hit and the turn came the , changing nothing. The river was the and Ramos dodged Monfort's full house outs. He took down the pot and eliminated Monfort in the process.
|Felipe Ramos||965,000||505,000 |
|Clinton Monfort||0||-475,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 10:06 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:52 PM Local Time
It has been over three hours of play without an elimination. The players are now taking another 15-minute break. When they come back the blinds will be 40,000/80,000.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:49 PM Local Time
Ramos and Siegel Split One Up
Felipe Ramos opened to 210,000 from the cutoff and Jordan Siegel moved all in from the big blind. Ramos called and both player flipped over their hands.
The flop came down and Ramos picked up a flush draw. The turn was the and Siegel would need to dodge a diamond for a split. The river was the and the players chopped the pot.
|Jordan Siegel||2,470,000||470,000 |
|Filippos Stavrakis||1,530,000||-40,000 |
|Clinton Monfort||475,000||-260,000 |
|Felipe Ramos||460,000||-50,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:31 PM Local Time
Stavrakis Wins Big Preflop All-In
Jordan Siegel opened with a raise to 150,000 and when the action was on Filippos Stavrakis he announced "the maximum". Siegel quickly said all-in and Stavrakis called.
The board ran out and Stavrakis secured a big double up.
|Jordan Siegel||2,000,000||-750,000 |
|Filippos Stavrakis||1,570,000||635,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:22 PM Local Time
Monfort Three-Bets for a Win
Filippos Stavrakis opened to 150,000 from the small blind and Clinton Monfort then three-bet to 450,000 from the big blind.
Stavrakis thought for a moment before making the fold and continuing the bet-fold action that has been going on throughout the final four.
|Filippos Stavrakis||935,000||-105,000 |
|Clinton Monfort||735,000||105,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:09 PM Local Time
Felipe Ramos Triples Up
Felipe Ramos put his remaining 170,000 in the middle and he got called by Filippos Stavrakis and Clinton Monfort.
The flop was and Stavrakis and Monfort check it down on every street, completing the board with the turn and the river.
Ramos took down the pot with two pair and is back at half a million chips.
|Jordan Siegel||2,750,000||375,000 |
|Filippos Stavrakis||1,040,000||-375,000 |
|Clinton Monfort||630,000||-690,000 |
|Felipe Ramos||510,000||340,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:06 PM Local Time
Level 28 started
Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:01 PM Local Time
Ramos Cannot Connect
Jordan Siegel opened to 125,000 from the button and Felipe Ramos called from the small blind. Filippos Stavrakis then bet 500,000 and Siegel folded.
Ramos thought for around five minutes before moving all in for enough to cover his opponent and Stavrakis made the call with his last 170,000. Players then flipped their hands and Stavrakis would be at risk.
The flop came down and Stavrakis was still ahead. The turn came the and Ramos now picked up some more outs. The river came the and Stavrakis took down the pot with his straight, leaving Ramos as the short stack.
|Filippos Stavrakis||1,415,000||935,000 |
|Felipe Ramos||170,000||-565,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:41 PM Local Time
Stavrakis Gives Up on the River
Felipe Ramos limped from the small blind and Filippos Stavrakis checked his option.
The players saw the flop and both checked. Ramos bet 55,000 on the turn and Stavrakis called to see the river complete the board.
Ramos put in a bet of 175,000 on the river, but Stavrakis folded. Ramos showed .
|Felipe Ramos||735,000||105,000 |
|Filippos Stavrakis||480,000||-105,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:40 PM Local Time
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Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:34 PM Local Time
Stavrakis Puts it All In on the River
Jordan Siegel opened to 125,000 from the button and was called my Felipe Ramos in the small blind. Filippos Stavrakis called as well from the big blind and the flop came .
All three players checked and the turn came the . Action checked to Stavrakis who bet 375,000 and Siegel thought for several minutes before making the call. Ramos took a few moments before he threw his cards in the middle.
The river came the and Stavrakis put is last 135,000 in the middle. Siegel snap-called and players then revealed their hands. Stavrakis showed for two pair and Siegel then tabled for the same two pair. Players split the pot and the tournament is still four handed near the end of level 27.
|Jordan Siegel||2,375,000||55,000 |
|Felipe Ramos||630,000||-70,000 |
|Filippos Stavrakis||585,000||55,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:22 PM Local Time
Ramos Gives One Up
Filippos Stavrakis opened to 175,000 from the cutoff. Felipe Ramos defended his big blind.
The flop was . Both players checked and the turn was added to the board. Stavrakis bet all-in for his last 260,000 after Ramos checked, but the bet was too big for Ramos, who folded his hand.
|Felipe Ramos||700,000||-210,000 |
|Filippos Stavrakis||530,000||38,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:08 PM Local Time
Monfort Lands a Double on the River
Clinton Monfort opened to 110,000 from the cutoff and Filippos Stavrakis made the call from the big blind. The flop came and action checked to Monfort who bet 115,000.
Stavrakis moved all in and Monfort snap-called. The players then revealed their hands, Monfort tabled for top set and Stavrakis showed for a pair with a straight draw.
The turn came the , completing the straight for Stavrakis. Monfort had a lot of outs going to the river and the that landed was one of them. He caught his flush and took down the pot for a double through Stavrakis.
|Clinton Monfort||1,320,000||800,000 |
|Filippos Stavrakis||492,000||-688,000 |
Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:50 PM Local Time
Level 27 started