411 On The 41st (WSOP): First Bracelet Awarded! Go Tell The Hoai Pham Damily
May 31, 2022
Not much ink is often spent on the Casino Employees event of the World Series of Poker.  In many ways this stands to reason, given this event is not an open tournament and is very rarely won by a player well known by the poker community, and yet as this year’s Casino Employees event, like many of the years, is the first event and therefore the first bracelet to be pulled out of the display case, given away and replaced by a picture of the champion, it is well worth taking a look at.

Event #1 of the 2010 WSOP main event, the $500 buy-in Casino Employees tournament, attracted 721 players and ended up with a total prize pool worth $324,450.  That prize pool allowed for a top prize worth $71,424, which was eventually taken down by Southern California’s Hoai D. Pham, a casino dealer working out of Chula Vista’s Village Club Casino.

The 2-Day event ended with a final table full of fellow poker dealers including A.J. Vea from Union City, California, who finished the event second best, settling for a runner-up prize worth $44,079.

The final table finish positions for Event #1 of the 2010 WSOP were as follows:

1st.  Hoai Pham- $71,424

2nd.  Arthur Vea- $44,079

3rd.  Christopher Reider- $28,655

4th.  Matthew Hollinger- $21,047

5th.  Patrick Silvey- $15,677

6th.  Kent Washington- $11,829

7th.  David Villegas- $9,029

8th.  Jeffrey Bennett- $6,969

9th.  Yuta Motoyama- $5,434

For more information on this year’s WSOP Casino Employees event visit
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