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World Series of Poker -- Chad Holloway Wins Event No. 1

Poker Reporter Banks $84,915 And First Gold Bracelet

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Chad HollowayThe first event at the World Series of Poker each summer is traditionally, the casino employees event and this year was no exception.

The $500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, open to most casino industry professionals, drew 898 entrants, creating a total prize pool of $404,100. This turnout was nearly a 23 percent increase over 2012’s tournament of 732, won by Chiab Saechao.

A total of 90 players made the money, nearly doubling their investment and taking home a minimum of $909. The two-day tournament finally came to an end early Friday morning with 30-year-old poker reporter Chad Holloway emerging victorious, banking a career-best $84,915.

The Reedsburg, Wisconsin resident was taking a couple days off from his day job, which just happened to be reporting on the WSOP.

“As media members, we have all been in the seats where the winners sit or we hold the trophy or try on the hold bracelet,” Holloway said. “But to actually think I would have one to call my own and to show my family was a pipe dream more or less, at least until today.”

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Name Payout
1 Chad Holloway $84,915
2 Allan Kwong $52,318
3 Robert Rooney $33,903
4 Brian Pingel $24,811
5 Daniel Ellery $18,426
6 Sean Small $13,868
7 Tyrone Smith $10,567
8 Michael Trivett $8,146
9 Hieu Le $6,348

For complete coverage of the summer poker festival, check out our WSOP landing page.

Photo Credit: Joe Giron/WSOP