Chad Holloway Wins First WSOP Bracelet of 2013

June 7, 2013

The 2013 World Series of Poker opening event unfolded at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas early Friday morning with Chad Holloway emerging the winner. This victory was in the Casino Employee event, whereby the senior editor was awarded the coveted WSOP gold bracelet on top of $84,915.

No stranger to final tables, Holloway has been providing live-reporting coverage for some of the biggest poker names in the world for the last several years. The roles became reversed on Friday, though, when gold bracelet champions Antonio Esfandiari and Jason Mercier were the ones wishing the Wisconsin resident luck. This could very well mark the defining moment of Holloway’s professional life because of the irony in him now holding the very trophy every player he covers in his live reports desires.

There were 898 entries in the $500 buy-in Casino Employees event, up 22% from a field of 732 last year, making it the largest field since 2006. This is the 17th Casino Employees event hosted by WSOP and the high participation was as a result of an uptick in prize pool and $404,100 offered for grabs. It brought a payday for the top 90 finishers, and there was at least $6,000 for everyone at the final table.

Noteworthy participants of this year’s field included the Executive Director of the World Series of Poker Ty Stewart, two-time Circuit ring winner and Wynn Casino employee John Harris, and former online poker pro Josh VanDuyn. There were also a number of reporters from the PokerNews live updates team, among them Holloway and Josh Cahlik. Cahlik came in 12th position, just short of the final table.

The results of the final table are as follows:

  1. Chad Holloway – $84,915
  2. Allan Kwong – $52,318
  3. Robert Rooney – $33,903
  4. Brian Pingel – $24,811
  5. Daniel Ellery – $18,426
  6. Sean Small – $13,868
  7. Tyrone Smith – $10,567
  8. Michael Trivett – $8,146
  9. Hieu Le – $6,348

Robert Rooney participated in this very event in 2009 and took 6th position. Sean Small came in 6th right after his victory last week of earning a seat into the 2013 WSOP National Championship in New Orleans.


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