Shankar Pillai won his second career World Series of Poker bracelet Friday evening only because he won his first. Pillai won the $1,500 bracelet winners only no-limit hold’em.

The New York-based poker pro defeated the 185-player field, all of which had already previously earned a bracelet, to earn $71,580 and besting Michael Gagliano heads-up. Gaglaino took home $44,232 for his runner-up finish. Tommy Nguyen finished third.

Pillai, who won his first bracelet in the 2007 $3,000 no-limit hold’em for $527,829, had a feeling it would be the three of them battling it out for the bracelet.

“I think I had the best seat at the table by far,” said Pillai after his win. “Tommy had the chip lead and he was the most aggressive by far and I was on his direct left. In my opinion, the other real good player was [Gagliano] and he was to [Nguyen’s] right. So, every time they folded, I had position on everyone else.”

This was the first-ever bracelet winners only event. The fact that the entire field already had a piece of WSOP gold made the win a little bit sweeter than his first.

“It feels good. A little special because everyone had one already,” said Pillai.

Brett Apter and Kevin Gerhart finished fourth and fifth after earning their bracelets earlier in the summer in the $1,500 no-limit hold’em shootout and the $1,500 razz, respectively.

The only non-American at the final table, Andreas Klatt, finished sixth. He won his bracelet at the 2017 WSOP Europe in a $550 pot-limit Omaha.

Thom Werthmann, a bracelet winner from 2005, finished seventh. Last year’s WSOP Player of the Year contender Scott Bohlman, finished eighth. The 2014 ladies champion, Haixia Zhang, rounded out the final table with a ninth-place finish.

Final Table Results:

Place Player Payout
1 Shankar Pillai $71,580
2 Michael Gagliano $44,232
3 Tommy Nguyen $31,176
4 Brett Apter $22,349
5 Kevin Gerhart $16,299
6 Andreas Klatt $12,097
7 Thom Werthmann $9,140
8 Scott Bohlman $7,032
9 Haixia Zhang $5,512

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.




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