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Aria Poker Dealer Wins Casino Employees Bracelet

Nicholas Haynes Defeated 686 Entries To Earn $62,345


Nicholas Haynes captured his first-ever poker tournament victory on Friday afternoon. It also came with a World Series of Poker bracelet.

Haynes won $62,345 after besting a field of 686 entries to win the $500 no-limit hold’em casino employees event. The Las Vegas-based poker dealer defeated the WSOP’s Manager of Media Relations and Content Isaac Hanson heads-up for the title.

Haynes deals year-round at Aria’s poker room but was scheduled to start some summer work as a dealer for the WSOP. The key word there is ‘was.’

“I will not continue being a WSOP dealer at this point, but I am an Aria dealer and I will continue to deal there,” Haynes told WSOP reporters after his victory.

Haynes played the entire tournament with a blue dog bone necklace that read ‘Rudy.’ He wore it to remember his dog, who died two years ago from cancer. It was Haynes’ good luck charm.

“He was one of the biggest things in my life,” said Haynes about his dog. “So I brought this tag with me for good luck.”

Isaac HansonComing into the final day with six players remaining, it was Hanson with the chip lead. He extended his chip lead as the table got shorter and had more than three times the closest stack when there were three players remaining.

Haynes doubled through Jorge Ruiz to put a big dent in Hanson’s lead. Ruiz was eliminated in third and Hanson started heads-up with less than a 2:1 chip lead. Haynes took the chip lead after a couple of hands without a showdown and never looked back.

Eventually, Hayne’s K-8 out-flopped Hanson’s A-9 and he took home the title. Hanson earned $38,503 for his runner-up finish.

Jesse Kertland was eliminated in fourth, poker reporter Adam Lamers hit the rail in fifth, and Jeff Fast finished sixth. The final table was reached on Thursday evening, but the field played until just six remained before bagging up and finishing on Friday afternoon.

Here are the final table results:

Place Player Winnings (USD)
1 Nicholas Haynes $62,345
2 Isaac Hanson $38,503
3 Jorge Ruiz $26,681
4 Jesse Kertland $18,785
5 Adam Lamers $13,441
6 Jeffrey Fast $9,776
7 Christopher Bowen $7,229
8 Joseph Appler $5,438
9 Travis Williams $4,161

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.