Ankush Mandavia wins first WSOP bracelet in Event #48

It was the 16th time Ankush Mandavia has cashed at the WSOP, but the first time he has gone on to take home the bracelet and first prize – in this case $548,139.

It was the $5k Turbo NLHE title, and he beat the field of 524 to first place. The top 79 cashed.

“I’ve had a lot of deep runs in the past, but until now had never closed the deal,” Mandavia said in a post-victory interview.  “So, it’s really gratifying to win.  It feels really good.”

Mandavia certainly had to do things the hard way a final table that included Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Strelitz and Kyle Julius, the final hand of JJ finally overcoming Strelitz who had to settle for 2nd and $338,774.

“It feels amazing to have people supporting you and people believing in you.  I just gave it my best, and let it happen, and it just happened to get me a gold bracelet – so I’m happy,” Mandavia said.

The final table finishers were as follows:

Position Name Prize Country
1 Ankush Mandavia $548,139 United States
2 Daniel Strelitz $338,774 United States
3 Christian Nilles $232,934 Germany
4 Thiago Macedo $162,924 Brazil
5 Pedro Oliveira $115,957 Portugal
6 Sean Getzwiller $84,004 United States
7 Sergey Lebedev $61,964 Russia
8 Phil Hellmuth $46,553 United States
9 Kyle Julius $35,636 United States

Many congratulations to all winners from everyone at LateReg!