Nicholas Haynes Takes the Casino Employees Gold Bracelet and $62,248

Aria Casino dealer Nicholas Haynes scooped the hotly-contested Casino Employees event at the WSOP last night, the traditional opening event of the series worth $62,248 to the Michigan-born man – and a WSOP gold bracelet to go with it!

By: Andrew Burnett

A field of 685 players had been whittled down to just six by day three of the $565 buy-in event, and in amongst the dealers who survived was Adam Lamers, working on the WSOP live updates team this summer.

Lamers would eventually fall in 5th spot after the quick exit from the final table of Niagara Falls dealer Jeff Fast, and 30-year old LA dealer Jesse Kertland would hit the rails in 4th. When Mexican Jorge Ruiz busted in 3rd, we were heads-up.

Haynes was facing the WSOP’s Media Director, Isaac Hanson, and there was over $100k on the line, not to mention that coveted gold bracelet.

Both men are surrounded by great players in their day-jobs, and when Haynes emerged victorious he explained of his year and a half dealing at the Aria: “There’s a lot of incredible players there and I watch them and just pick up little bits here and there and over time you just become better. I feel like they were very instrumental in my play today. That’s why I’m thankful for my job and the players there”.

Haynes was due to start his own WSOP dealer shifts today, but the big win has changed that: “I will not continue being a WSOP dealer at this point, but I am an Aria dealer and I will continue to deal there.”

FInal results

1 Nicholas Haynes $62,248
2 Isaac Hanson $38,447
3 Jorge Ruiz $26,642
4 Jesse Kertland $18,758
5 Adam Lamers $13,421
6 Jeff Fast $9,761



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