The poker world misplaced one other character as discover circulated that three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet winner Pete “Pete the Greek” Vilandos, whose proper title became as soon as Panayote Vilandos, handed away support on July 24 at the age of 82.
Vilandos, who became as soon as born Could 30, 1940, arrived within the United States as an immigrant from Greece when he became as soon as qualified 27 years stale. Irrespective of getting already earned a degree at the University of Athens, he went on to graduate from the University of Houston the build he earned a degree in electrical engineering.
Fixed with The Hendon Mob, Vilandos had $3,266,764 in lifetime earnings courting support to 1990. Of that, $2,520,167 came in WSOP-connected cashes including a trio of gold bracelets. His first came at the 1995 WSOP when he obtained Tournament #10: $1,500 Pot-Restrict Retain’em for $148,500, while the 2nd came at the 2009 WSOP when he topped a 2,506-participant discipline to opt Tournament #24: $1,500 No-Restrict Retain’em for $607,256.
Amazingly, that select came decrease than two weeks after he accomplished runner-as much as Steve Sung for $473,282 in Tournament #4: $1,000 No-Restrict Retain’em, a event that attracted 6,012 runners.
Winning a Third Gold Bracelet
Vilandos captured his closing bracelet, and a profession-excessive $952,694 derive, by besting a 1,011-entry discipline to opt the Vilandos. He did so by defeating Kyle Julius in heads-up play while Dan Smith, who captured his first bracelet this past summer, took third build.
On the time of victory, Vilandos grew to turn into the 58th participant in WSOP ancient past to opt three or more gold bracelets.
“Smartly, it’s between nowadays and the last twice that I obtained,” he acknowledged at the time when requested if it became as soon as his proudest poker accomplishment. “On the fresh time, my wife became as soon as here with me, and she shares this…she stayed with me the total draw via the last table. So, I enjoyed it loads better nowadays. I became as soon as very soundless and I became as soon as centered on my opponents, . There are some very radiant people that sat here. The last table became as soon as very neat of us. However I got fortunate, and I performed the manner I know the correct solution to play.”
He added: “Have to that you can presumably also possess your wife or your possess of us, , your possess family, of us to that are next to you and pull for you, pull for you within the event. I mean, after all, it’s loads. It capacity loads to me.”
A retired businessman in Houston, Vilandos performed poker more for fun and believed his engineering background helped him at the tables. It became as soon as at the 101 Poker Richmond Spring Poker Classic $1,150 Main Tournament the build Vilandos earned his last event cash support in Could when he accomplished in 59th build for $2,600.
David Plastik shared the dejected files on social media, and unsurprisingly it didn’t do away with long for the poker community to give their condolences and half recollections.
“Peter became as soon as one in all the principle avid gamers to abet me after I first started coming to Vegas over 23 years ago,” acknowledged faded Aussie Hundreds and hundreds champ Peter Costa. “Very sad. Condolences to his loved ones.”
Blair Rodman acknowledged, “Immense participant! I believed one in all the improbable performances ever became as soon as when, in 2009, he took 2nd out of 6,012 in a 1k nl event, then just a few days later beat 2,056 to opt a bracelet in a 1500!”
Adrian Sanders equipped: “Sad files! I loved dealing to Pete after I lived in Houston. I’ll surely now no longer neglect when he build somebody to a resolution for all of their chips, they would query him what he has. With his accent he would continually respond with; “a pair, a straight, and a flush draw.” He’ll be overlooked.”
PokerNews joins the relaxation of the poker community in offering condolences to the family and guests of Pete “Pete the Greek” Vilandos, one in all the sport’s qualified characters.
Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.