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2019 WSOP: Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event won by Nicholas Haynes for $62,248

Tags: adam lamers, isaac hanson, jeffrey fast, jesse kertland, jorge ruiz, Nicholas Haynes, WSOP, WSOP 2019.
Posted on Monday, June 03, 2019 by "K".

On May 31 (Saturday) an Aria poker dealer was able to snag his very first gold bracelet after winning Event #1 of the 2019 WSOP. He says working as a dealer is a big part of the reason he was able to win his first WSOP bracelet.

2019 WSOP Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event
Buy-in: $500

Date: May 29 to June 1, 2019

Entries: 685

Prize pool: $297,975


Nicholas Haynes outlasted a player field of 685 to take home the prize money worth $62,248.

Born in Michigan but grew up in Tampa, Florida, the 39-year-old Haynes currently works at the Aria for the past year and a half.  He was actually scheduled to start summer work that Saturday as a dealer for the WSOP. Since he won, there’s been a change of plans. He said, “I will not continue being a WSOP dealer at this point, but I am an Aria dealer and I will continue to deal there.”

He added, “One of the things that really jumped out at me was that an Aria dealer has won two years in a row. There’s a lot of incredible players there and I watch them and just pick up little bits here and there and over time you just become better. I feel like they were very instrumental in my play today. That’s why I’m thankful for my job and the players there.”

Haynes brought with him a small blue dog bone necklace with the words “Rudy” as his lucky charm. Rudy was Haynes’ pet dog for 13 years, but died due to a fast-growing cancer 2.5 years ago. He said, “He was one of the biggest things in my life, so I brought his tag with me for good luck.”

Final Table Action

To win this event, Haynes beat WSOP Media Relations Manager Isaac Hanson in a heads-up match. He entered the third and final day third in chips with Hanson being the chip lead.

The game started with six players remaining. Jeff Fast, a dealer at the Niagara Falls, Ontario, was the first to be eliminated for $9,776.

The next to hit the rail was Adam Lamers, a member of the WSOP live updates team for PokerNews. He got $13,421 for 5th place.

A 30-year-old Casino Caribbean pit dealer named Jesse Kertland settled in 4th place for $18,758.

As he lost two hands in a row during three-handed play, 43-year-old Montego Bay poker dealer Jorge Ruiz was eliminated on the third spot for $26,642.

This is Haynes very first cash score in the WSOP and it’s just his 4th recorded cash in his poker career. He now has $65,036 in total live earnings, according to The Hendon Mob.

Last year, it was also an Aria poker dealer and floorman named Jordan Hufty who took down this event, the 2018 WSOP Event #1: 565 Casino Employees NLHE. The prize pool generated was $283,000. He outlasted a player field of 566 entrants to win his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet and he also got to take home the biggest score of his poker career worth $61,909.

2019 WSOP Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event Final Table Results

 

Player

Country

Prize (USD)

1

Nicholas Haynes

Canada

$62,345

2

Isaac Hanson

USA

$38,503

3

Jorge Ruiz

USA

$26,681

4

Jesse Kertland

USA

$18,785

5

Adam Lamers

Canada

$13,441

6

Jeffrey Fast

Canada

$9,776

 

 


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12 comments for "2019 WSOP: Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event won by Nicholas Haynes for $62,248"

 dule-vu6/3/2019 4:02:13 PM GMT
great win for this dealer from aria poker and with investment of 500 $ he got more then 62000 dollars and golden bracelet which he will win maybe only once in life!its nice to see 685 players at this tournament!hope that event will be every year!
 bowie19846/3/2019 4:08:41 PM GMT
Great win, he probably made more on this night than what all of his earnings would be (by working as a dealer) after taxes for a year so it's definitely a success for him. Now he only need to be remain smart about what he is gonna spending this money on.
 CALICUL6/4/2019 7:13:55 AM GMT
The game of the dealers ended nicely for this employee of a casino. I did not expect as in a dealership game to register 685 players. I think they came from all over the United States and maybe more. I am even surprised by this. Congratulations to the final table players.

 pajalnick6/4/2019 10:44:57 AM GMT
685 players are not very many, so it was probably not very difficult to become a winner .... on the other hand, there were a lot of casino players who watched a poker game for a long time and learned how to play well ... therefore it was difficult ... Not I judge the results .... but a wonderful result of winning $ 62,000 .... very cool
 Mober6/4/2019 11:07:10 AM GMT
It was a nice win. With the amount of buy in the return was great.
And the player field wasnt a small one, so the game was not easy.
We can see in the winners list that all the players are from canada and usa.
An equal share this time for both of them Smile
 CALICUL6/6/2019 8:47:36 AM GMT
I would like the WSOP to make a game of the stars and here to come actors, singers, athletes, businessmen, primary, politicians and others vip's. It will be very interesting to see a bracelet winner like Christiano Ronaldo, Enrique Iglesias etc...
 bowie19846/8/2019 1:31:31 PM GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
I would like the WSOP to make a game of the stars and here to come actors, singers, athletes, businessmen, primary, politicians and others vip's. It will be very interesting to see a bracelet winner like Christiano Ronaldo, Enrique Iglesias etc...

Why?
Most of them probably mediocre poker players, what good would come out watching them play for days?
 Sandmanilo6/8/2019 3:18:05 PM GMT
Wow, such a large player field in this tourney for casino employees. This tournament attracted more players than some of regular ones. Of course the buy-in is not so big, only $500 but I'm still amazed by the number of casino workers Smile
 CALICUL6/9/2019 12:22:53 PM GMT
That's why it's interesting because we have the opportunity to see how many other celebrities have a good or bad mentality. VIPs existing in our world must to play and we have to laugh or appreciate their style of play. There will be only a lot of fun here.
 bowie19846/13/2019 8:55:37 PM GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
VIPs existing in our world must to play and we have to laugh or appreciate their style of play. There will be only a lot of fun here.

I hardly appreciate Ronaldo on the football field, now imagine caring about him next to a pokertable Big Smile
 CALICUL6/14/2019 3:11:07 PM GMT
A game per year does not hurt and were football players who signed with Pokerstars advertising contracts. I do not think these stars will get stuck in the nose, if they play once a year a poker game. I'm sure there will be many stars who will play with pleasure.
 pajalnick6/14/2019 8:44:44 PM GMT
Posted by Sandmanilo:
Wow, such a large player field in this tourney for casino employees. This tournament attracted more players than some of regular ones. Of course the buy-in is not so big, only $500 but I'm still amazed by the number of casino workers Smile

The whole thing is that casino workers did not have the right to participate in various poker tournaments .... And now they got this right .... and the participation fee is not very big ... only 500 dollars .... employees who want to play I think a lot of casinos .... Every day they looked at the game and imagined how they would play with such a card

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