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2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018

Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $565
  • Prizepool: $283,000
  • Entries: 566
  • Remaining: 0
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05/31/18 09:09:46 PM PST (about 20 days and 14 hours ago)
 
Jordan Hufty Wins First WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
 

Jordan Hufty

Jordan Hufty was overcome with emotion just moments after winning the 566-strong Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em for $61,909. Hufty defeated Jodie Sanders in a grueling heads-up match that lasted nearly four hours. It was fitting these two players were left standing when all the pieces fell into place, as they were the chip leaders throughout the entire day.

After embracing his friends on the rail, Hufty took a moment to himself at the feature table on the main stage and was seen wiping tears from his eyes. When asked about the emotion of winning a World Seris of Poker gold bracelet, Hufty struggled to find the right words.

"I've thought about this every day for the last 15 years and for it to actually happen is just unbelievable."

The Aria poker dealer and floorman was quick to credit a couple of his close friends for his success.

"I moved from Michigan to Las Vegas with these two guys and none of this would be possible without them."

Hufty says 95% of his poker is played online, 4% in live cash games, and maybe he finds time for 1% in live tournaments. Coming into today, he only had $1,900 in career live tournament earnings but that number will be growing exponentially now.

"I have a passion for poker, it's just something you can't explain. It's nice that this happened so early in the series so I will probably fire a few more events here and there."

At the start of the day, Hufty felt fairly confident coming in as one of the largest stacks and said he just needed to stick to his plan.

"I felt confident and I knew I just needed to avoid making mistakes and capitalize on my opponent's mistakes. When you are 70 big blinds deep heads-up, it can be a grind, but I never lost focus."

Some players will often get nervous being on the big stage and under the lights for the first time, but that didn't seem to faze Hufty.

"I've dealt a lot of nosebleed games and even been at this table on Poker After Dark before, just on the other side of it. I didn't feel out of place on the big stage like I thought I would."

Hufty mentioned he is going to take a couple of days off to celebrate and some tequila shots might be on tap for the weekend.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1stJordan HuftyUnited States$61,909
2ndJodie SandersUnited States$38,246
3rdKatie KoppUnited States$26,250
4thZachary SeymourUnited States$18,332
5thWon KimUnited States$13,031
6thTom BookerUnited States$9,432
7thThomas YenowineUnited States$6,953
8thSkyler YeatonUnited States$5,222
9thJason PepperUnited States$3,998
10thBrad HelmUnited States$3,120

Event Summary

In what has become the customary opening event of the World Series of Poker, the Casino Employees event got the summer started with another great turnout. Late registration remained open for 12 levels and a total of 566 entries were accounted for. This unique tournament doesn't necessarily attract the big names in the poker world, but rather it brings the gaming industry together for a game that they all love.

Some familiar faces to take to the felt included former gold bracelet winners Mike Majerus, Chad Holloway, Jon Friedberg, and defending champion Bryan Hollis. WSOP social media phenom Kevin Mathers took a seat along with PokerNews employees Simkha Blank and Milko van Winden, none of whom were able to spin up a stack to make the money.

It wasn't long after the dinner break on Day 1 when the money bubble burst with Jason Bardol and Ryan Side busting on the same hand. The two players would split the min-cash of $837 and the remaining 84 players rejoiced in excitement. There was a total of $283,000 up for grabs and the eliminations started to come fast and furiously towards the end of Day 1.

A few notables to make the money included Jon Friedberg (81st Place - $862), Ty Stewart (52nd Place - $1,085), Isaac Hanson (38th Place - $1,227), Johnny Gagelonia (33rd Place - $1,418), and former bracelet winner Dieter Dechant (17th Place - $2,018). After a full 20 levels were played on Day 1, there were just 13 players still standing with a shot at the title.

The action got off to a quick start on Day 2 with double knockouts happening on multiple occasions. The official final table was down to just eight players before the first level reached its end. Not long after that, Skyler Yeaton, Thomas Yenowine, Tom Booker, Won Kim, and Zachary Seymour all hit the rail in quick succession within one hour. It looked as though it would be a quick final table but the remaining three players were still fairly deep.

Three-handed play lasted for nearly 90 minutes with Hufty continuously holding the chip lead. Katie Kopp was on the short stack but she put up a good fight before eventually running into Hufty's pocket aces. That set the stage for the two chip leaders to battle in an epic heads-up duel.

Hufty started out strong and worked his way towards the two million chip mark before Sanders started to wrestle it away. The chips swung back and forth for hours with Sanders briefly claiming the lead for a hand or two. Hufty was clearly the more aggressive of the pair, and he eventually gathered too much momentum for Sanders to overcome.

After nearly four hours of heads-up action, Sanders got all of his chips in the middle with pocket threes and was called by the king-queen of Hufty. The board looked safe for a Sanders double up, but when the dealer placed the king on the river, Hufty broke down after capturing his first WSOP gold bracelet.

That brings an end to another event inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino for the PokerNews live reporting team. There is still plenty of action in the surrounding rooms that will wrap up later today and continue tomorrow.

05/31/18 08:22:59 PM PST (about 20 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Jodie Sanders Eliminated in 2nd Place ($38,246)
 

Jodie Sanders

Hand #190: Jordan Hufty opened with a raise to 80,000. Jodie Sanders looked at his cards then moved all in. Hufty asked for a count and the dealer revealed that it was 720,000. Hufty thought a few more seconds then put in the chips to call.

Jordan Hufty:   
Jodie Sanders:   

The flop came safe for Sanders when the     ran off. The   the turn was also a safe card. However, Sanders couldn't fade the   on the river and that would spell the end for him. With that, Hufty made a pair of kings and locked up the tournament. Sanders takes home $38,246 for his second-place finish.

Hufty takes down the tournament and collects $61,909 for his win as well as his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

Jordan Hufty2,830,000660,000
Jodie Sanders0-660,000
05/31/18 08:16:15 PM PST (about 20 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Hands #188-189: A Walk and a Shove
 

Hand #188: Jodie Sanders got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #189: Jodie Sanders raised on the button to 80,000. Jordan Hufty moved all in with a covering stack and Sanders folded after giving it some thought.

05/31/18 08:14:41 PM PST (about 20 days and 15 hours ago)
 
Hands #183-187: Only One Flop
 

Hand #183: Jodie Sanders opened to 120,000 on the button and Jordan Hufty folded his big blind.

Hand #184: Hufty raised to 80,000 on the button and Sanders announced all in which got a quick fold from Hufty.

Hand #185: Sanders bumped it up to 105,000 and Hufty took his turn to move all of his chips in the middle. Sanders thought for a moment but then elected to lay his hand down.

Hand #186: Hufty opened to 80,000 and Sanders defended his big blind. The flop fell     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Sanders led out for 125,000 and Hufty mucked his cards.

Hand #187: Sanders folded his button and Hufty received a walk in the big blind.

05/31/18 08:06:37 PM PST (about 20 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Hands #178-182: Sanders Picks Up a Couple
 

Hand #178: From the button, Jordan Hufty opened to 80,000. Jodie Sanders moved all in over the top and that ended the matter as Hufty quickly folded.

Hand #179: Sanders limped in on the button and Hufty checked his option in the big.

The flop came down     and Hufty checked, then folded to a bet of 75,000 from Sanders.

Hand #180: Hufty opened with a raise to 80,000 on the button and Sanders called.

The flop came down     and Sanders checked, then folded to a bet of 40,000 from Hufty.

Hand #181: Hufty received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #182: Sanders received a walk in the big blind.

05/31/18 07:58:25 PM PST (about 20 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Level 27 started
 
Level: 27 Blinds: 20000/40000 Ante: 5000
05/31/18 07:09:09 PM PST (about 20 days and 16 hours ago)
 
Dinner Break
 

Players will now be taking a 60-minute dinner break and will return at roughly 8 p.m.

05/31/18 07:08:40 PM PST (about 20 days and 17 hours ago)
 
Hands #171-177: Hufty Closes Out the Level Strong
 

Hand #171: Jodie Sanders just called on the button and Jordan Hufty raised to 90,000 which prompted a fold from Sanders.

Hand #172: Hufty folded his button and Sanders received a walk.

Hand #173: Sanders raised to 60,000 on the button and Hufty made the call. The flop came     and Hufty checked to Sanders who continued for 40,000. Hufty check-raised to 155,000 and Sanders called. The turn was the   and Hufty slid in a bet of 325,000, forcing Sanders to muck his cards.

Hand #174: Hufty opened to 60,000 and Sanders folded.

Hand #175: Sanders raised to 60,000 and Hufty mucked his hand.

Hand #176: Hufty raised to 60,000 on the button and Sanders defended his big blind. The flop fell     and Sanders check-folded to a bet of 65,000 from Hufty.

Hand #177: Sanders bumped it up to 60,000 and Hufty called from the big blind. Both players checked the entire way on a board reading       and Hufty tabled    to rake in another pot.

Jordan Hufty2,170,000270,000
Jodie Sanders660,000-270,000
05/31/18 06:57:21 PM PST (about 20 days and 17 hours ago)
 
Hands #166-170: Taking Some Flops
 

Hand #166: Jordan Hufty opened to 60,000 from the button and Jodie Sanders folded his big blind.

Hand #167: Sanders opened from the button to 60,000 and Hufty called from the big blind.

The flop was     and Hufty check-folded to a bet of 40,000 from Sanders.

Hand #168: Hufty opened to 60,000 on the button and Sanders called.

On the     flop, Sanders checked, then called a bet of 60,000 from Hufty.

The turn was the   and Sanders checked again. Hufty put out a big bet of 240,000 and this time Sanders folded.

Hand #169: Sanders opened with a raise to 70,000 from the button and Hufty called.

Both players checked on the     flop to see the   on the turn. There, Hufty led out with a bet of 65,000 and Sanders called.

Both players checked on the   river. Hufty showed his    but it was no good as Sanders flopped better with    and he took down the pot.

Hand #170: Hufty opened with a raise to 60,000. Sanders called.

The flop was     and both players checked. On the   turn, Sanders led with a bet of 70,000 and that earned him the pot.

05/31/18 06:47:58 PM PST (about 20 days and 17 hours ago)
 
Hands #161-165: Hufty Regains His Advantage
 

Hand #161: Jodie Sanders raised to 65,000 on the button and Jordan Hufty called from the big blind. The flop came     and Hufty check-called a bet of 70,000 from Sanders. The turn brought the   and Hufty checked again. Sanders fired another 160,000 and Hufty still called. The river was the   and Hufty checked for the third time. Sanders checked behind and Hufty tabled    to win the hand.

Hand #162: Hufty opened to 60,000 and Sanders re-raised to 160,000. Hufty called to go to a flop of    . Sanders checked to Hufty who bet 225,000 and Sanders laid his hand down.

Hand #163: Sanders bumped it up to 60,000 and Hufty folded.

Hand #164: Hufty raised to 60,000 and Sanders defended his big blind. The flop came     and Sanders checked to Hufty who continued for 55,000. Sanders check-raised to 125,000 and Hufty called. The   on the turn slowed things down as both players checked. The   on the river put a flush on the board and both players chopped the pot after turning over their cards.

Hand #165: Sanders limped in on the button and Hufty checked his option. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Hufty check-folded to a bet of 40,000 from Sanders.

Jordan Hufty1,900,000-150,000
Jodie Sanders930,000150,000
05/31/18 06:34:45 PM PST (about 20 days and 17 hours ago)
 
Hands #156-160: Sanders Four-Bets
 

Hand #156: Jodie Sanders opened with a raise to 60,000 on the button and Jordan Hufty called from the big blind.

On the     flop, Hufty checked, then folded to a bet of 60,000 from Sanders.

Hand #157: Hufty opened with a raise to 60,000 and Sanders called.

Players checked until the board showed       and Sanders checked for a third time. Hufty put out a bet of 45,000 which Sanders called. Hufty took another look at the board and mucked his hand without showing, so Sanders took it down with no showdown.

Hand #158: Sanders opened with a raise to 60,000 and Hufty defended from the big blind.

The flop was     and Hufty checked then called a bet of 55,000.

On the   turn, Hufty checked again, but this time folded to a bet of 80,000 so Sanders took down the pot.

Hand #159: Hufty opened to 60,000 but folded when Sanders three-bet to 155,000.

Hand #160: Sanders opened to 60,000 and found resistance in the form of a three-bet to 160,000 from Hufty. Sanders thought it over for a bit before opting to four-bet, making it 660,000 and that would earn him the pot.

05/31/18 06:22:50 PM PST (about 20 days and 17 hours ago)
 
Hands #150-155: Hufty Crosses Two Million
 

Jordan Hufty

Hand #150: Jodie Sanders limped the button and Jordan Hufty checked his option. The two players checked it down on a board reading       and Hufty won the pot with   .

Hand #151: Hufty opened to 60,000 on the button and Sanders folded.

Hand #152: Sanders folded his button and Hufty received a walk.

Hand #153: Hufty raised to 60,000 and Sanders called to see a flop of    . Sanders check-called a bet of 35,000 from Hufty and the   peeled off on the turn. Sanders led out for 100,000 and Hufty laid his hand down.

Hand #154: Sanders folded on the button again.

Hand #155: Hufty opened to 60,000 and Sanders called from the big blind. The flop fell     and Sanders led out for 35,000. Hufty raised to 110,000 and Sanders disposed of his cards.

Jordan Hufty2,050,000-50,000
Jodie Sanders780,00050,000
05/31/18 06:14:02 PM PST (about 20 days and 17 hours ago)
 
Hands #145-149: Hufty Assumes Control
 

Hand #145: Jodan Hufty opened with a raise to 60,000 on the button and Jodie Sanders called from the big blind.

The flop was     and Sanders checked, then called a bet of 60,000.

On the   turn, Sanders check-called a bet of 110,000 from Hufty.

The river was the   and Sanders changed gears and decided to lead out, betting 90,000. Hufty moved all in with his covering stack and Sanders didn't take too long to fold.

Hand #146: Hufty received a walk in the big blind.

Hand #147: Hufty opened to 60,000 and that earned him the pot.

Hand #148: On the button, Sanders opened to 60,000. Hufty thought for a moment, then moved all in for about 700,000 effective. Sanders thought for a bit then folded.

Hand #149: Hufty opened with a raise to 60,000 then folded to a three-bet of 145,000 from Sanders.

Jordan Hufty2,100,000120,000
Jodie Sanders730,000-120,000
05/31/18 06:03:40 PM PST (about 20 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Level 26 started
 
Level: 26 Blinds: 15000/30000 Ante: 5000
05/31/18 06:03:13 PM PST (about 20 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Hands #143-144: Sanders Catches Hufty Bluffing
 

Hand #143: Jordan Hufty raised to 48,000 on the button and Jodie Sanders called. The flop came     and Sanders checked to Hufty who bet 40,000. Sanders check-raised to 110,000 and Hufty quickly mucked his hand.

Hand #144: Sanders opened to 48,000 and Hufty defended his big blind. The flop fell     and both players checked to the   on the turn.

Hufty led out for 38,000 and Sanders stuck around to see the   on the river. Hufty fired another barrel of 140,000 and Sanders thought for a moment before making the call. Hufty flipped over    while Sanders hit the four on the river with   .

05/31/18 05:58:03 PM PST (about 20 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Hands #138-142: Players Trading Blows
 

Hands #138: On the button, Jordan Hufty opened with a raise to 48,000. Jodie Sanders called from the big blind.

The flop came down     and Sanders checked. Hufty bet 45,000. Sanders called.

The turn was the   and both players checked to see the   on the river. There, Sanders led out with a bet of 52,000 and that earned him the pot.

Hand #139: On the button, Sanders opened with a raise to 48,000 and he took down the pot.

Hand #140: Hufty opened with a raise to 48,000 on the button and Sanders called.

On the     flop, Sanders checked. Hufty bet 40,000 and that was enough to earn him the pot.

Hand #141: Sanders raised to 55,000 on the button. Hufty called.

The flop was     and Hufty checked, then folded to a bet of 45,000 from Sanders.

Hand #142: Hufty raised to 48,000 on the button and that was enough to earn him the pot.

05/31/18 05:52:22 PM PST (about 20 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Hands #133-137: Hufty Keeps Betting
 

Hand #133: Jodie Sanders raised to 55,000 and Jordan Hufty called from the big blind. The flop came     and Hufty checked to Sanders who continued for 40,000. Hufty check-raised to 155,000 and Sanders made the call. The turn was the   and Hufty fired another 240,000 which got Sanders to lay his hand down.

Hand #134: Hufty opened to 53,000 and Sanders defended his big blind. The flop fell     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Sanders checked again and Hufty bet 45,000 which earned him the pot.

Hand #135: Sanders bumped it up to 48,000 on the button and Hufty called. Both players checked the     flop along with the   on the turn. The   completed the board and Hufty led out for 35,000. Sanders' cards hit the muck and Hufty dragged another one.

Hand #136: Hufty raised to 48,000 on the button and Sanders three-bet to 150,000 from the big blind which caused Hufty to quickly fold.

Hand #137: Sanders opened to 52,000 and Hufty mucked his cards.

Jordan Hufty1,980,000130,000
Jodie Sanders850,000-130,000
05/31/18 05:37:15 PM PST (about 20 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Hands #128-132: Raise and Take It
 

Hand #128: On the button, Jordan Hufty raised to 48,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #129: Jodie Sanders raised on the button this time, making it 50,000 and he took down the pot.

Hand #130: Hufty opened to 48,000 and Sanders called in the big blind.

The flop was     and Sanders checked to Hufty who fired 45,000. Sanders called.

When the   dropped on the turn, Sanders took initiative and led out with a bet of 80,000. Hufty released and Sanders took the pot.

Hand #131: Sanders opened to 51,000 and took it down.

Hand #132: Hufty raised to 48,000 and won the pot.

05/31/18 05:33:57 PM PST (about 20 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Hands #123-127: Hufty and Sanders Trade Blows
 

Hand #123: Jodie Sanders raised to 53,000 and Jordan Hufty called. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Hufty checked again and Sanders tossed in a bet of 60,000. Hufty called and the   paired the board on the river. Hufty checked for the third time and Sanders pushed in a bet of 200,000. Hufty thought for a couple moments and then made the call. Sanders tabled    for a flush and Hufty's cards hit the muck.

Hand #124: Hufty opened to 48,000 on the button and Sanders folded.

Hand #125: Sanders opened to 55,000 on the button and Hufty three-bet to 190,000. Sanders called and the flop came    . Both players checked to the   on the turn and Sanders checked again. Hufty bet 90,000 and Sanders mucked his cards.

Hand #126: Hufty raised to 48,000 and Sanders defended his big blind. The flop fell     and Hufty won the pot with a bet of 55,000.

Hand #127: Sanders folded his button and Hufty received a walk.

Jordan Hufty1,850,000400,000
Jodie Sanders980,000-400,000
05/31/18 05:21:24 PM PST (about 20 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Hands #118-122: Sander's Folds to Hufty's Over Bet
 

Hand #118: From the button, Jordan Hufty opened with a raise to 48,000. Jodie Sanders called.

The flop was     and Sanders checked, then folded to a bet of 45,000 from Hufty.

Hand #119: On the button, Sanders raised to 55,000. Hufty called.

The flop came down     and after a check from Hufty, Sanders bet 55,000 again and took down the pot.

Hand #120: Jodie Sanders got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #121: Sanders limped in on the button and Hufty checked his option.

The flop was     and Hufty checked, then called a bet of 26,000 from Sanders.

Both players checked on the   turn to see the   on the river. There, Hufty put out a monster-sized bet of 250,000 which made it through and earned him the pot.

Hand #122: Jordan Hufty opened to 48,000 on the button and earned the pot.

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