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2018 WSOP Event 26: Filippos Stavrakis Dedicates WSOP PLO Bracelet ($169,842) to His Brother

Filippos Stavrakis

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. Stavrakis 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

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Filippos StavrakisUnited States$169,842
2Jordan SiegelUnited States$104,924
3Felipe RamosBrazil$73,989
4Clinton MonfortUnited States$52,879
5Peter KleinUnited States$38,309
6Pascal DamoisFrance$28,137
7Thayer RasmussenUnited States$20,957
8Georgios KaravokyrisGreece$15,832
9Robert CowenUnited Kingdom$12,133
Filippos Stavrakis
For Jimmy: Filippos Stavrakis wins Event #26: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

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 on 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.

Filippos Stavrakis
Filippos Stavrakis

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