Filippos Stavrakis Dedicates $169,842 Win To His Departed Brother

The aftermath of the $1,000 Pot Limit Omaha event took on a sombre tone as the winner Filippos Stavrakis, who came in first for $169,842.

By: Jon Pill

When it was time for his victory photo he placed a handwritten note against a cellphone picture of his deceased brother.

The note reads:




“A couple years ago we lost my brother prematurely,” Stavrakis told an interviewer. “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 signed up along with 989 other entrants to play for his cut of the $887,400 prize pool - which was all that was left after the rake had been skimmed off. Three days later it was just him and the memory of his brother left at the table.



His victory came at the end of a difficult final table which spent three hours mired in four handed play and made for some short stacked play in the later stages.

Felipe Ramos, the number two seeded tournament player in Brazil, went out in third for $73,989 leaving Stavrakis heads up with Jordan Siegel.



The final hand saw Stavrakis get his stack on a 7s-xd-xd flop with the Ad-7d-7c-x against Siegel's inside straight draw and lower flush draw. The turn and river were two meaningless hearts and the game was over.

Siegel took home $104,924 for his second place.

Final Table Results

1 Filippos Stavrakis $169,842
2 Jordan Siegel $104,924
3 Felipe Ramos $73,989
4 Clinton Monfort $52,879
5 Peter Klein $38,309
6 Pascal Damois $28,137
7 Thayer Rasmussen $20,957
8 Georgios Karavokyris $15,832
9 Robert Cowen $12,133



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