The Casino Employee's Championship officially kicks off the WSOP and the first person to claim a bracelet in 2012 is Chiab Saechao. Chiab hails from Visalia, CA and is a full-time blackjack dealer at the Tachi Casino, in Lemoore, CA.
The Casino Employee's Championship is a No Limit Holdem event with a $500 buy-in. The total number of entries came to 732 with 81 places being paid from a total net prize pool of $329,400. The event played out over two consecutive days and nights and the excitement and insanity all started on a very busy Memorial Day weekend.
Saechao previously played in two WSOP Main Events after winning his seat in both. He said that he came to Las Vegas with the intention of playing cash games at this year's WSOP but decided to play one gold bracelet event. Good choice on his part!
The final hand of the event played out heads-up with Saechao completing from the button and Patricia Baker checking the option.
Baker check called a bet of 35,000 from Saechao when the flop of hit. Baker checked in the dark before the hit the turn and Saechao checked also.
The river brought a board pairing and Baker moved all-in for 200,000. Saechao called and Baker said, "Straight," when she turned over the . Then Saechao slammed down the for a flush and managed a winner's "Woooo!" when he realized he'd won.
Patricia Baker took home $43,754 for her second place finish.
Saechao? Well he took home $70,859, a gold bracelet, a stack of memories, and perhaps the confidence to play and win another bracelet event! Congratulations Chiab!
The final table pay-out:
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