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2016 WSOP Day 1: Action Kicks Off With $565 Casino Employees Event

2016 World Series of Poker WSOP
  • The #WSOP kicked off with the $565 Casino Employees event on June 1.

The 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has begun! Action kicked off on June 1 in the usual fashion at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino with the $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em event.

Event #1: $565 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em Day 1

Since 2009, Event #1 of the most prestigious series in poker has been for employees of the industry. The quick two-day event carries a low cost of admission and allowed a single reentry. When registration closed, 731 buy-ins were counted to create a prize pool of $365,500.

The money bubble burst on Day 1 when the 111th-place finisher was eliminated and the remaining players were guaranteed the first payouts of the 47th annual WSOP. By the time the day ended, only 23 players remained to bag and tag their chips for a final day of play on June 2.

This event is always especially dominated by Americans, but two Canadians collected cash on Day 2. George Laberge from Montreal, Quebec, finished in 73rd place for $1,021 and Jeff Fast from Welland, Ontario, was one of the last eliminations of the day when his tournament came to an end in 26th place for $2,066.

No other Canadians remained to make Day 2. Spencer Bennett bagged the overwhelming lead with 627,000 chips, which was miles ahead of Kerryjane Craigie’s second-best stack of 323,000.

The first bracelet of the summer will be awarded on June 2 when this event comes to an end with the eventual winner earning $75,157 to go along with the prestigious piece of poker jewelry.

What to Watch For Tomorrow

While Event #1 resumes play, the first two of six starting flights of the aptly named Colossus will fill the Rio with thousands upon thousands of players. Event #2: $565 Colossus II No-Limit Hold’em guarantees a prize pool of $7 million and flight 1a starts at 10 a.m. on June 2, followed by flight 1b at 4 p.m.

Check back with PokerNews Canada tomorrow with details on the winner of the first bracelet of the summer as well as an update on the Colossus. Good luck to the Canadians in the field!

Details courtesy of the WSOP Live Updates.

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