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Jordan Hufty Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $565 Casino Employees Event

Poker Dealer From Las Vegas Tops Field of 566 to Win $61,909

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Las Vegas poker dealer Jordan Hufty has emerged victorious from a field of 566 entries to win the 2018 World Series of Poker $565 casino employees event. For the win he earned the $61,909 top prize and his first WSOP gold bracelet. The tournament has been a part of the series since 2000 and has been the first tournament to kick off the series every year outside of 2008, when it was held after the main event.

Hufty is a dealer and floor person at Aria Las Vegas who originally hails from Michigan. He plays poker primarily online, and had only one prior live tournament cash to his name.

“I’ve thought about winning a bracelet about every day of my life for the past 15 years,” Hufty told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “So, to actually have it come through today is pretty special.”

The final day began with Jodie Sanders as the chip leader with 13 players remaining. Hufty was second in chips when play resumed, and the two remained the largest stacks when the field combined onto the unofficial ten-handed final table. More than four hours
later it was Sanders and Hufty who survived when the field was narrowed to just two.

Hufty began heads-up play with the lead after knocking out Katie Kopp in third place ($26,250), starting with more than 110 big blinds. The final showdown lasted approximately four hours. In the end, it came down to an all-in coinflip, with Sanders shoving the 3Heart Suit3Club Suit and getting called by Hufty’s KClub SuitQDiamond Suit. The board came down 10Spade Suit9Spade Suit2Diamond Suit7Diamond SuitKHeart Suit, with the king on the river pairing Hufty to give him the best hand and the pot. With that Sanders was sent to the rail in second place, earning $38,246.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Jordan Hufty $61,909
2 Jodie Sanders $38,246
3 Kate Kopp $26,250
4 Zachary Seymour $18,332
5 Won Kim $13,031
6 Tom Booker $9,432
7 Thomas Yenowine $6,953
8 Skyler Yeaton $5,222
9 Jason Pepper $3,998

Winner photo provided by WSOP.