Chad Holloway wins Event #1 at the 2013 WSOP
Typically when the reporter becomes the story something has gone horribly wrong, but this wasn’t the case with PokerNews.com’s Chad Holloway on Thursday night, when the tournament reporter’s deep run in the opening event of the 2013 World Series of Poker tournament series culminated in a final table appearance and eventually a WSOP bracelet.
The Casino Employee event has become a staple at the WSOP, and in 2012 the tournament which had been for casino staff was also opened up to members of the poker media – the media used to have their own all-in-fest of a tournament before the WSOP did away with it, I believe. This year the Casino Employee tournament drew an impressive 898 entrants, the most since 2008.
Holloway seemed to be making all the right moves (with the exception of the “lucky shirt” he was wearing because no amount of luck is worth wearing that monstrosity) and was among the chip leaders throughout the entire tournament, from start to finish. It wouldn’t be all smooth sailing for Holloway though, as he found himself locked-in a 90-minute heads-up battle against Allen Kwong for the coveted bracelet. Twitter was abuzz with a #nochopchad hashtag when Holloway declined to make a deal, choosing to play for all the cash and the bracelet instead.
Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:
1. Chad Holloway – $84,915
2. Allan Kwong – $52,318
3. Bobby Rooney – $33,903
4. Brian Pingel – $24,811
5. Daniel Ellery – $18,426
6. Sean Small – $13,868
7. Tyrone Smith – $10,567
8. Michael Trivett – $8,146
9. Hieu Le – $6,348
Holloway has been with PokerNews.com since 2010, and has worked his way up to the role of Senior Editor with the popular poker news website, but on the side the Wisconsin native is known to play a number of tournaments throughout the year –when he isn’t covering them of course. Holloway will now revert back to his reporter role at the WSOP, armed with a new opening question for all his potential interviewees: “So, do you have more or less WSOP bracelets than me?
Holloway isn’t the first “known” player to make a deep run in this event: In 2006 Bryan Devonshire was the runner-up in this event, and in 2005 Thang Luu finished in 3rd place in the Casino Employee tournament –Luu would go on to have one of the most dominant runs in a single format in WSOP history, finishing 2nd in the 2007 $2k Omaha 8 tournament, and then winning the $1,500 Omaha 8 event in 2008 and 2009.
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