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Bryan Hollis Wins First World Series of Poker Bracelet Of Summer

Maryland Poker Dealer Earns $68,817 and First Bracelet

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The first World Series of Poker event of 2017 is officially in the books, with Bryan Hollis topping a field of 651 players in the $565 buy-in Casino Employees tournament to earn his first career bracelet and the $68,817 first-place prize.

The 33-year-old poker dealer from Gaithersburg, Maryland overcame runner-up and fellow poker dealer Chris Solomon to pick up the title and the lion’s share of the $325,500 prize pool.

The Casino Employees event has traditionally kicked off the WSOP summer schedule for most years since 2000. What was once a tournament only open to poker dealers, is now open to anyone who works at a casino property.

Brandon Barnette, a poker supervisor from Corona, California who won the Casino Employees event back in 2015 for $75,704, has now cashed three years in a row. Last year he finished in 55th place, and this year he improved to 20th.

Runner-up Chris Solomon Here’s a look at the final table results:

Finish Player Name Payout
1 Bryan Hollis $68,817
2 Chris Solomon $42,508
3 Joshua Clanton $29,372
4 Jermel Stephens $20,629
5 Alex Cordova $14,731
6 Adem Arbuckle $10,698
7 Christopher Gallagher $7,903
8 Vincent Russell $5,941
9 Victor Kim $4,547

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2017 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.

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