Greek-American Peter Vilandos Tops World Series of Poker; Wins Almost $1M

Greek-American professional poker player Panayote “Peter” Vilandos, notched the third bracelet of his career and won the $952,694 first place prize at the 2012 WSOP Event #50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Vilandos defeated a field of 1,001 players over four days. On the fourth day it took less than three hours for the final three players to be narrowed to one: Peter “Panayiote” Vilandos.

Vilandos was born in Greece and now resides in Houston, Texas. He first cashed in a poker tournament in 1990, and since that time has cashed in dozens of tournaments. Vilandos had his first cash in the WSOP in 1993, and won his first WSOP bracelet in 1995 in the $1,500 Pot Limit Holdem event. He had his highest WSOP Main Event finish the following year, busting out in 21st place, for a prize of $19,500.

Vilandos has also cashed in two World Poker Tour (WPT) $10,000 events. His first cash was in 2002 at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, finishing in 15th place. He cashed again in 2003 at the World Poker Open in Tunica, Mississippi, finishing in 21st place.

Vilandos won his second bracelet at the 2009 WSOP, winning a $1,500 No Limit Holdem event and a prize of $607,256. Earlier in the tournament, Vilandos had a second place finish in the $1,000 No Limit Holdem event won by Steve Sung.

As of 2012, Vilandos’ live tournament winnings exceed $3,100,000. His 22 cashes at the WSOP account for $2,410,333 of those winnings

2012 WSOP Event #50: 5,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Final Table Results

1.    Panayote “Peter” Vilandos – $952,694
2.    Kyle Julius – $589,687
3.    Dan Smith – $368,943
4.    Kevin Schulz – $267,792
5.    Derek Gregory – $197,691
6.    Thomas Conway – $148,198
7.    Matt Giannetti – $112,725
8.    Tommy Vedes – $86,889
9.    Amir Lehavot – $67,889