Six Canadians Return to Felt for Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event
The first event of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) every year isn't actually open to all players. Instead, Event #1: $500 Casino Employees Event is open only to poker industry employees, from dealers and floor staff, to reporters and media. Its the one chance each year for people who work in the industry to play a little as well. This year, six Canadians navigated the 686 entry starting field on Day 1 to bag chips and guarantee themselves a payday.
There were 103 paying spots available in this one, and initially, the plan was to play 15 levels and bag up for the night, but as the end of Level 15 approached, the numbers were dropping quickly. Tournament staff decided to extend the day and play through to the money.
It only took an extra level and a bit to play down to 103, and when the dust settled there were still six Canadians sitting behind stacks of chips.
Canadians In The Money of Event #1:
The Canadian with the most chips to start Day 2 will be Stephanie Otteson. A top dealer for Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Otteson is no stranger to the player side of the felt either. This is the biggest event to show up on her Hendon Mob page, and she's yet to book a win, but with two seconds, a fourth, and seven total live cashes to her name, this may be her chance to break through for her first big win.
Jeffrey Fast bagged up the second biggest Canadian stack, and will be looking for his second cash in this event after he came 26th for just over $2,000 in 2016. Shane Patreau will be looking to turn his fourth place stack into a third Casino Employees Event cash, and while Adam Lamers comes into Day 2 with just 19 big blinds, he's on a bit of a heater to start 2019, with two wins and more than $40,000 in cashes so far this year, so he could easily be a come-from-behind story.
Action gets underway at noon Vegas time, and the plan is to play down to six players remaining. The live reporting team from PokerNews will be on the floor to bring you the action all day, so follow the Canadians at PokerNews Live Reporting.