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2021 52nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, September 30, 2021 to Friday, October 01, 2021

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

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  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $175,980
  • Entries: 419
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, October 1, 2021 11:02 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 12 hours ago)
Caesars Palace Dealer Jimmy Barnett Wins Event #1: $500 Casino Employees ($39,013)

Jimmy Barnett - Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em Winner

The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em attracted 419 entries, and after two full days of play, just one remained in Jimmy Barnett, a 36-year-old duel dealer and floor at Caesars Palace.

"My boss is really cool, he knows I want to play, so we're trying to make it work where I floor a couple of days to help out, deal a couple of days, and then play the rest," said Barnett, who took down a $39,013 top prize and his first gold bracelet.

Barnett originally hails from California but came out to Vegas in 2018. He got an audition with the Golden Nugget, which he passed despite having no experience, and has been working in the industry ever since.

"Once Vegas started opening back up, I got an opportunity at Caesars and have been there since then," he explained. For Barnett, Vegas has always held a special place in his heart as his dad brought him to Sin City on his 18th birthday. Three years later when he turned 21, he came back and played his first WSOP event.

"Special. I think it's on every poker player's bucket list. It's just special," Barnett said when asked how it felt to win the bracelet. "My father passed a handful of years ago from cancer. We would come out here and play all the time. My grandma just passed away three weeks ago. I posted on Facebook I was going to win a tournament for her, and to win a WSOP tournament, it's special."

Barnett added: "I haven't been happier. I could have lost this and it would've hurt obviously, but I get to play a game for fun. I get to work at Caesars where I would stay growing up. I really am living the dream. I'm one of the luckiest people you'll know because I have great friends, family, and doing something I love. It's work but it's not, it's awesome. To win this is just the icing on the cake."

2021 WSOP Event #1 Final Table Results

1Jimmy BarnettUnited States$39,013
2Jack BehrensUnited States$24,112
3Danny ChangUnited States$16,540
4Leo AbbeUnited States$11,587
5Bryan GarretUnited States$8,294
6Bobby SchmidtUnited States$6,069
7Chris MintonUnited States$4,542
8Rick CuevasUnited States$3,478
9Ronald BaltazarUnited States$2,727
10Justin SteinmanUnited States$2,191

Day 2 Action

As the day began with 50 players, play would go at a rapid pace before slowing with about fourteen players left as the final table neared. Justin Steinman started the unofficial final table of ten with the chip lead with 1,750,000, but he would go from high to low, as he became the first player of the final table to hit the rail after losing two huge hands.

Ronald Baltazar was the next player to leave in ninth place, and Rico Cuevas then exited in eighth. Chris Minton bowed out in seventh place when his ace-queen fell victim to a ten in the window to lose to queen-ten.

Bobby Schmidt was the next elimination after losing a couple of big flips to go from a big stack early in the table to a sixth-place finish. Bryan Garrett was felted next in fifth place.

Play would slow down significantly while four-handed, where each player would experience drastic swings in chips. It took nearly two hours before Leo Abbe was eliminated in fourth place to bring the table down to three.

From there, Danny Chang was eliminated in third place after having his stack whittled down to make way for the heads-up battle, which began with Jack Behrens holding a slight chip lead over Barnett. However, Barnett would soon take command as he shoved the river on a decisive hand that forced a fold to give him the chip lead and finalized the victory after he flopped a flush on the final hand.

Congratulations to Jimmy Barnett, winners of the 2021 WSOP Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em!

James Barnett - Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em Winner
James Barnett - Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em Winner
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:58 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 12 hours ago)
Jack Behrens Eliminated in 2nd Place ($24,112)

Jack Behrens

Both players saw a flop of     in a limped pot.

Jack Behrens jammed his remaining two million and James Barnett snap-called.

Jack Behrens:   
James Barnett:   

Behrens had flopped a pair of tens, but was well behind Barnett's flopped flush. The board ran out   , no help for Behrens who finished as the runner-up for $24,112.

Stayed tuned for a full recap of today's action.

Jimmy Barnett10,400,0003,100,000
Jack Behrens0-3,100,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:47 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 12 hours ago)
Barnett Shoves River to Take Chip Lead

Jack Behrens raised preflop and James Barnett called.

The flop came the    . Behrens led for 500,000 and Barnett called.

The turn was the  . Action went check-check to the river which was the  . Behrens led for 1,000,000. Barnett came over the top with an all in jam which forced Behrens to fold after a couple of seconds.

Jimmy Barnett7,300,0001,000,000
Jack Behrens3,100,000-1,000,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:39 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 12 hours ago)
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 100,000/200,000
Ante: 200,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:34 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 12 hours ago)
Behrens Moves in on the River

With the board showing     , Jack Behrens bet 500,000 from the big blind and James Barnett made the call.

"All-in," Behrens announced after the   fell on the river.

Barnett went deep into the tank with the tournament potentially on the line. "I don't have much," he told Behrens. He eventually folded to send the pot to Behrens.

Jimmy Barnett6,300,000600,000
Jack Behrens4,100,000-600,000
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Friday, October 1, 2021 10:26 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 12 hours ago)
Danny Chang Eliminated in 3rd Place ($16,540)

Danny Chang

Danny Chang moved all in for about 475,000 from the button. Jack Behrens flatted from the small blind and James Barnett also called from the big blind.

Three players saw the flop of    . Behrens led for 500,000 and Barnett folded.

Behrens had the    which Chang had very little chance with the   . The turn was the   and the river the   to send Chang away in third place.

Jimmy Barnett5,700,000700,000
Jack Behrens4,700,000600,000
Danny Chang0-2,400,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:20 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 12 hours ago)
Barnett Calls Down Behrens With an Ace

Jack Behrens led out 500,000 from the big blind on a flop of     and James Barnett called in position.

Behrens bet again when the turn came  , this time for 750,000. Barnett again called.

The   fell on the river and Behrens took his time before betting 500,000. Barnett pondered the decision for a minute before flicking in a call.

"Pair of fours," Behrens announced. Barnett showed    for a pair of aces to take down the big pot.

Jimmy Barnett5,000,000800,000
Jack Behrens4,100,0001,900,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 10:03 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 13 hours ago)
Leo Abbe Eliminated in 4th Place ($11,587)

Leo Abbe

Leo Abbe raised from the button to 400,000 and called when big blind James Barnett put him all in.

Leo Abbe:   
James Barnett:   

Barnett flopped a king on a flop of     and made trips when the   came on the turn, leaving Abbe drawing dead. The   was a mere formality as Abbe was able to carry his Day 1 chip lead all the way down to a fourth place finish.

Jimmy Barnett4,200,000800,000
Leo Abbe0-2,250,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 9:53 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 13 hours ago)
Level 30 started
Level: 30
Blinds: 80,000/160,000
Ante: 160,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 9:37 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 13 hours ago)
Updated Chip Counts
Jimmy Barnett3,400,000-1,900,000
Danny Chang2,400,000-300,000
Leo Abbe2,250,00050,000
Jack Behrens2,200,0001,000,000
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Friday, October 1, 2021 9:35 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 13 hours ago)
Break Time

It is time for another break as the field stubbornly remains at four-handed play.

Friday, October 1, 2021 9:21 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 13 hours ago)
Behrens Stays Alive Against Barnett

Jack Behrens got his short stack in the middle from the small blind and was called by James Barnett from the big blind.

Jack Behrens:   
James Barnett:   

Both players hit the     flop, but Behrens' seven was best. He stayed ahead when the board ran out    and doubled up to 1,200,000.

Jack Behrens1,200,000550,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 9:19 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 13 hours ago)
Barnett Trips Up Chang

James Barnett raised to 280,000 pre-flop and was called by Danny Chang from the small blind.

Both players checked the     flop. Chang checked the   turn before raising to 700,000 after Barnett put in a bet.

Barnett called and matched another 500,000 bet from Chang on the inconsequential river, showing    for flopped trips. Chang mucked.

Jimmy Barnett5,300,0001,900,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 9:15 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 13 hours ago)
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Friday, October 1, 2021 9:12 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 13 hours ago)
Barnett Leaves Behrens on Fumes

Jack Behrens moved all in from the button. James Barnett called in the big blind.

Behrens had the    while Barnett had the   .

The flop came the    . The turn sent Barnett into the lead as the   came off. The river was the   and Behrens was knocked down to about two big blinds but has since chipped up a little bit.

Jimmy Barnett3,400,0001,300,000
Jack Behrens650,000-1,650,000
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Friday, October 1, 2021 8:59 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 14 hours ago)
Behrens Doubles Through Abbe

Action folded to Leo Abbe in the small blind who raised to 500,000. Jack Behrens moved all in for 1,165,000 from the big blind and Abbe called.

Jack Behrens:   
Leo Abbe:   

Both players made a pair on the board of      , but Behrens' turned pair of kings were enough to secure the double-up

Jack Behrens2,300,0001,000,000
Leo Abbe2,200,000-2,000,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 8:57 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 14 hours ago)
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 60,000/120,000
Ante: 120,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 8:55 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 14 hours ago)
Barnett Cracks Queens to Survive

Jack Behrens raised to 550,000 from the small blind. James Barnett moved all in from the big blind and was snap-called.

Behrens was in great position to take out Barnett as he held the    vs the    of Barnett.

The flop came the     to open up a straight draw. The turn was the   to bring in that straight and the river came the   to keep Barnett's tournament hopes kicking.

Jimmy Barnett2,100,000900,000
Jack Behrens1,300,000-600,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 8:49 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 14 hours ago)
Barnett Drops More But Saves Himself

James Barnett raised to 275,000 from the button and Leo Abbe came along from the big blind.

Both players checked the     flop. Abbe checked again on the   turn before Barnett put in another 275,000 that was called.

The   fell on the river and both players checked. Abbe showed    for a turned pair of queens and Barnett mucked.

"Good thing we didn't get it all in pre," Barnett said.

Leo Abbe4,200,0001,100,000
Jimmy Barnett1,200,000-600,000
Friday, October 1, 2021 8:40 PM Local Time (about 18 days and 14 hours ago)
Players Take Unscheduled Break

The four remaining players decided to take a five-minute break in the middle of Level 28.

Here are the updated chip counts:

Leo Abbe3,100,0001,380,000
Danny Chang2,700,000100,000
Jack Behrens2,100,000200,000
Jimmy Barnett1,800,000-1,050,000
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