Chad Holloway Takes Down Event #1 For $84,915Published on May 31st, 2013 4:52 pm EST
Chad Holloway outlasted 897 other players to take down the first bracelet of the 2013 World Series of Poker last evening. Holloway, who is a Pokernews.com employee, took down $84,915 for his first place finish in Event #1 ($500 Casino Employees No Limit Hold'em).
According to WSOP.com, a total of 898 players turned out for this event, which was up 22% from the year before. This was the largest turnout for the $500 Casino Employees event since 2006.
Holloway managed to survive a scare early into his heads-up battle with Allan Kwong. Holloway had started heads-up play with a 1.73 million to 875k chip lead, but Kwong was able to double up immediately. Holloway fought his way back and eventually sealed the deal when the two players got all-in after a flop of 5c-Qs-Qd. Kwong turned over Ad-Kh, only to see that he was crushed by the Q-9 of Holloway. Kwong didn't hit a miracle runner-runner and was sent to the rail in second place.
Here is how the final table ended up finishing out:
Chad Holloway, $84,915
Allan Kwong, $52,318
Robert Rooney, $33,903
Brian Pingel, $24,811
Daniel Ellery, $18,426
Sean Small, $13,868
Tyrone Smith, $10,567
Michael Trivett, $8,146
Hieu Le, $6,348
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