WSOP | Tournaments | Event Updates
Auto Refresh Rate:

2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, May 27, 2012 to Monday, May 28, 2012

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

download official reportdownload official winner photo
  • Buy-in: $500
  • Prizepool: $329,400
  • Entries: 732
  • Remaining: 0


view updates for day:
Monday, May 28, 2012 12:22 PM Local Time

Action started with Amy Brady, who limped in from under the gun. Everyone folded to Paul Chernell in the small blind, who also limped. Russell Matsuo went all in from the big blind for 22,800, and after about 30 seconds of thinking, Brady folded. Chernell eyeballed Matsuo's stack for about 30 seconds before announcing call. The cards were flipped, and Chernell was in great shape.


Matsuo was not happy to see that he was dominated, but he raced out in front when the flop came down    . Chernell would need the last remaining ten in the deck to win, or a jack to split the pot. The turn was the  , and Chernell would need a miracle. It didn't come, as the river brought the  . Matsuo doubled to 45,000, while Chernell was knocked down to 12,500.

Russell Matsuo45,00021,900
Paul Chernell12,500-27,000
Monday, May 28, 2012 12:14 PM Local Time

We caught up with the action after a series of preflop bets and raises, with David Wortham going all in and Amy Brady snap-calling.


Wortham grimaced, knowing his tournament life was in dire straights.

The       board changed nothing and Wortham was sent to the rail.

Monday, May 28, 2012 12:11 PM Local Time

We have our first elimination of the day. We missed the action, but when we got to the table, we saw that the rest of Andre Rauch's chips were being sent over to Nicolas Vaca-Rondon. Vaca-Rondon had   , and the final board was nine high. We don't know what Rauch held. After the hand, Vaca-Rondon is up to 66,000.

Nicolas Vaca-Rondon66,0008,500
Monday, May 28, 2012 12:04 PM Local Time

The players are in their seats, and the cards are in the air. Let's shuffle up and deal!

Monday, May 28, 2012 11:23 AM Local Time

Ty Stewart - poised to make a deep(er) run in Event 1.

Welcome back to the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino! Stay tuned as our remaining casino employees prepare their trek to World Series of Poker glory and the coveted gold bracelet that will go to our eventual champion.

Yesterday, 732 hopefuls registered for Event 1, but only 81 would see their efforts go rewarded with a min-cash of $820. The eliminations came fast and furious, with players reaching the money bubble by the 9th level. It would be Joshua Bailey who claimed the unfortunate title of "bubble boy," as he busted out in 82nd place. Others who were unable to make the money include last year's champion Sean Drake and tournament director Matt Savage. Some notable survivors into day 2 include WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart (69.900) and our current chip leaders Chiab Saechao (150,600) and James Routos (146,900).

Unlike last year, this year's Casino Employee's Event will be completed in two days as opposed to three. Play is set to resume at 1pm (PST).

Stay with us here at for live updates as we crown our first champion of the 43rd annual World Series of Poker!

Playtika - Jason Alexander