Casino employees always get first crack at a bracelet in the Employees event. This has been a long standing tradition at the WSOP, dating as far back as when it was played at Binion’s. Bryan Hollis would come out on top in the 2017 Employee event, netting $68,817 for his efforts.
A total of 651 players forked over the $565 entry fee for their share of a $325,500 prize pool. For Hollis, this was his first ever WSOP cash. In the same event last year, he busted out in only seven hands.
$10,000 Tag Team Event #2
Event #2, the $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’ em Championship also awarded the first “official” bracelet of the 2017 WSOP. This event has two players team up to compete against other teams. A total of 102 players, making 51 teams entered the event. Perhaps the most notable player in the field was Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps. The all-time gold medal winner couldn’t find a gold bracelet in the event though.
Liv Boeree and Russian pro, Igor Kurganov would win the event, along with $138,982 in prize money for each. Daniel Negreanu, David Benyamine, and JC Tran also finished in the top 10.
Only 6 events have started as of Saturday morning. The $111,111 High Roller for One Drop saw 101 entries and we’re already down to 90 players. Leon Tsoukernik leads the field, but it’s still very early. Antonio Esfandiari, the all-time WSOP money leader sits in 7th place. He would win the $1 million buy in event a few years back, taking home over $18 million, catapulting him up the all-time money list.
WSOP.com Online Event #8
One of the more anticipated events – $333 WSOP.com Limit Hold em online only event begins Saturday. This is one of multiple online only events taking place at WSOP.com.