Event #5 started off with loads of promise for the 2,092 players that registered, but only 53 would live to see Day 2. The money bubble hit fast on the second day, and we eventually got down to 23 players before play stopped.
Today's action started out with a flurry of eliminations (ten to be exact) happening in the first hour. In no time at all we were playing ten-handed on a single table. The final table would play in waves, with some stretches of hyper-aggressive preflop action and other stretches where it seemed like it would take ages between big hands.
Praz Bansi picked up poker in 2005 and wasted no time winning his first bracelet, which he snagged in 2006. Bansi has a number of World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour cashes, including a $594,000 payday for taking third in the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event.
Today he kept a quiet presence through much of the day until the table was four-handed. At that time he got aggressive and carefully maneuvered his way through the field until he had every chip in play. He slowly stole chips from Vincent Jacques at the final table and came mind-numbingly close to winning the tournament on two occasions when Jacques managed to find last-minute outs.
In the end, Bansi got the cards necessary to win the final hand and book a win, his first bracelet in four years.