Last year was without doubt the Year of the Brits at the World Series of Poker and 2010 is looking to pick up right where that left off, as Praz Bansi wins event number #5, the $1500 No Limit Hold’em. Bansi defeated Vincent Jacques in a cagey heads up match to capture his second WSOP Bracelet, the first British bracelet of this series and the small matter of $515,501.
2092 players started this marathon event and Bansi rarely left the top ten chip counts from day one, in the final day which saw 23 players return to play to a finish he surged ahead and amassed a big chip stack for the final table. He never relinquished his lead but went into the heads up match almost even with Jacques. He was soon to put his experience to good use and had his opponent on the ropes for several hours, until all the money went in pre flop, with the AJ of Bansi holding against the A8 of Jacques.
It was Praz Bansi who first made the poker world aware of the infamous Hit Squad, a group of talented young players that include Poker Million Champion James Akenhead and GUKPT Champs Karl Mahrenholz and Sunny Chattha. In 2006, just one year after starting the game, Bansi navigated his way through a field of 1100 players to win event #6 the $1000 No Limit event for his first bracelet. Since then he has a string of high profile results including winning GUKPT Bolton and coming third in last year’s WSOPE.
With this win he has cemented his status as one of the best tournament players in the UK and the World, not to mention one of only two Brits to boast two WSOP bracelets. This win now takes him to over $2 million in live tournament wins in his relatively short career and with a whole month of poker to go, you know he will be trying to add to that tally right away.
Only 5 events in and we already have one of our brightest talents claiming gold for the UK, it looks like Bansi could be leading the charge for the Year of the Brits Part 2 and with Neil Channing and Stuart Rutter making the final of event number 6 this morning, hold onto your hats because that 2nd bracelet for the UK looks like a foregone conclusion already.
Congratulations to Praz Bansi on his second World Series of Poker bracelet. To see how he did check out the live updates from the event and to follow the fortunes of all the other Brits bookmark our live reporting page today.
• 1 Praz Bansi $515,501 London United Kingdom
• 2 Vincent Jacques $320,913 Quebec Canada
• 3 Calvin Kordus $223,069 Anchorage United States
• 4 David Tuthill $160,650 St Petersburg United States
• 5 Tomer Berda $117,416 Menlo Park United States
• 6 Donald Offord $86,858 Broomfield United States
• 7 Hugh Bell $65,097 Puerto Plata dominican Republic
• 8 David Sands $67,221 Las Vegas United States
• 9 Kyle Knecht $37,943 Westchester United States
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