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Hoai D. Pham wins first bracelet in 2010

Updated: June 1, 2010, 1:30 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

The World Series of Poker began on Friday, May 28 in typical fashion with the Casino Employees Championship. The $500 event, a tradition at the WSOP, gives those who work in the casinos their shot at poker history and Hoai D. Pham claimed the title, $71,424 and his first WSOP cash when he defeated the 721-player field.

Hoai D. Pham
2010 WSOPHoai D. Pham became the first bracelet winner in 2010.

Pham will most definitely be the most popular poker dealer when he returns to his home casino, the Village Club Casino, in Chula Vista, CA. The 43-year old started playing poker in 1995 and enjoys seven-card stud and pot-limit Omaha.

"I can't wait to tell everybody," said Pham. "I told my boss I would take vacation to (play in this tournament). So now, I get to go back to them and show them what I won."

While the final table didn't boast any big names, when only a few tables remained, all eyes were on Jonathan Kotula, the 2008 Casino Employees champion. Kotula ended up finishing 10th. Defending champion Andrew Cohen did not cash and in fact, ran into quads holding A-K versus A-Q.

A notable finisher from Event 1 included Ty Stewart, Vice President of the World Series of Poker for Harrah's Interactive Entertainment, who finished in 61st place.

Below are the complete results of Event 1 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 1: Casino Employees Event, no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $500
Entries: 721
Prize pool: $324,450
Players in the money: 72

1 . Hoai Pham ($71,424)
2 . Arthur Vea ($44,079)
3 . Christopher Reider ($28,655)
4 . Matthew Hollinger ($21,047)
5 . Patrick Silvey ($15,677)
6 . Kent Washington ($11,829)
7 . David Villegas ($9,029)
8 . Jeffrey Bennett ($6,969)
9 . Yuta Motoyama ($5,434)
10. Jonathan Kotula ($4,273)
11 . David Patent ($4,273)
12 . Brian Phillis ($4,273)
13 . David Fischer ($3,413)
14 . Michael Lopez ($3,413)
15 . Derek Dillman ($3,413)
16 . Christopher Perez ($2,728)
17 . Barry Hulunian ($2,728)
18 . Zhen Cai ($2,728)
19 . Jack McClelland ($2,212)
20 . Vincent Mettlen ($2,212)
21 . Edward Martin ($2,212)
22 . Kenyon Mckellar ($2,212)
23 . Eric Zuerndorfer ($2,212)
24 . Kenneth Lee ($2,212)
25 . Javier Rincon ($2,212)
26 . Shaun Harris ($2,212)
27 . Puangpaga Holmes ($2,212)
28 . Samuel Sperrazza ($1,816)
29 . Jacob Crawford ($1,816)
30 . Justin Paris ($1,816)
31 . Kevin Chiem ($1,816)
32 . Vu Pham ($1,816)
33 . Brooks Blake ($1,816)
34 . Vincent Vandall ($1,816)
35 . Kevin Brantner ($1,816)
36 . Todd Ohnmeiss ($1,816)
37 . Arthur Dupraw ($1,508)
38 . Dean Saito ($1,508)
39 . Laurie Strantz ($1,508)
40 . Daniel Hecht ($1,508)
41 . James Tarby ($1,508)
42 . Jong Kim ($1,508)
43 . Lance Tahata ($1,508)
44 . John Hoffman ($1,508)
45 . Robert Burns ($1,508)
46 . Orlando Reyes ($1,265)
47 . Jason Bardol ($1,265)
48 . Alain Angelil ($1,265)
49 . Christian Escano ($1,265)
50 . John McAvoy ($1,265)
51 . Allen Rubel ($1,265)
52 . Maureen Johansson ($1,265)
53 . Jon Nakatani ($1,265)
54 . Daniel Ahn ($1,265)
55 . Nicholas Holewinski ($1,070)
56 . Yolanda Basterrechea ($1,070)
57 . John Armstrong ($1,070)
58 . Peter Bunker ($1,070)
59 . Shirley Pelletier ($1,070)
60 . Elissa Reuter ($1,070)
61 . Ty Stewart ($1,070)
62 . Rong Li ($1,070)
63 . Cindy Aly ($1,070)
64 . Chad Roedersheimer ($914)
65 . Larry White ($914)
66 . Frank Nguyen ($914)
67 . Jesse Jagunich ($914)
68 . Jeremy Waken ($914)
69 . Daniel Sanchez ($914)
70 . Danny Leong ($914)
71 . Jeffrey Feiler ($914)
72 . Richard Maxie ($914)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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