The first bracelet event of the 2011 World Series of Poker needed an extra day to crown its champion. The Casino Employees Event finished up on Thursday afternoon with part-time dealer Sean Drake winning his first bracelet.
“It’s great we get the bracelet and everything. I kinda don’t like its not a public event, but I don’t care” said Drake. “There were some good players along the way. It was still a challenge.”
Four players returned for the extra day of play with Chris Perez, the only remaining Vegas casino employee, getting eliminated on the first hand of the day by Jason Baker. Baker was not finished busting players though, as he went on to eliminate Claudio Falcaro in third place.
Heads-up play began with Baker ahead of Drake. Baker’s run of busting players did not continue though. Both players flopped middle pair on a 653 flop. Drake’s 85 was enough to top Baker’s 52 giving him a double and the chip lead.
Baker managed to fight back into the chip lead when he caught perfectly after getting all his chips into the middle after a 766 flop. Drake’s pocket jacks was unable to hold off Baker’s 75 when the 7 and 5 came on the turn and river, giving Baker a full house.
The comeback was short lived as Drake started to chip back into contention. When Drake rivered a full house that was better than Baker’s flopped full house, the match was essentially over. Baker shoved the very next hand with J8 only to be called by Drake, who held Q6. Both players failed to improve, meaning Drake’s queen-high was good enough to secure the bracelet and $82,292.
Casino Employees Event Final Table Payouts:
1st: Sean Drake – $82,292
2nd: Jason Baker – $50,807
3rd: Claudio Falcaro – $32,753
4th: Chris Perez – $23,994
5th: David Quach – $17,835
6th: Richard Kozlowski – $13,437
7th: Adam Falk – $10,247
8th: Joseph Zeman – $7,906
9th: Edward Marcus – $6,165
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