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Ex-Employees champ wins bracelet

Updated: June 25, 2010, 3:48 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

The World Series of Poker Casino Employees' event always kicks off the tournament series in a big way. The $500 buy-in allows those who work on the felt to get their chance to play. In 2002, David Warga defeated 272 of his fellow casino employees to win $47,300 and his first title. Just like the debate of the Ladies Championship, there's always been discussion about whether bracelets should be awarded in those closed events. However, Warga added a second bracelet to his collection by winning Event 27, the $1,500 seven-card stud high-low split tournament, becoming the only player in WSOP history to win the Casino Employees Championship and an open event.

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WSOPPhotos.comDavid Warga won his second bracelet and $208,682 in Event 27

The former dealer at Casino Arizona used the money earned from his win in 2002 to play in some additional events and invest in real estate. After dealing, he decided to take the game more seriously and began to play online as well as in a few live tournaments. He cashed only a few times on the live circuit from 2002 until 2010, with his highlight being a 92nd-place finish at the Party Poker million to net him $16,000. He turned almost exclusively to online poker, playing anything from $24 buy-ins to $1,000 buy-ins. Although he had never played a seven-card stud high-low split event in a casino before, Warga entered Event 27 and emerged victorious.

"I've always been proud of that first bracelet, but some saw it as a little bit tainted [because it's not an open event]," he said. "So, to win an open event means a lot more to me. And, that it is the second one. There are not many players who have won multiple bracelets.

"It means so much," he continued. "I had very low expectations of actually winning it. I was very happy just make it into the money. And then to make it to the final table, I was ecstatic."

Warga's final table experienced was filled with confrontations against the aggressive David Levi and the talented Katrina Jett. Levi, still searching for his first WSOP bracelet, finished in third and now has over half a million in tournament earnings. Jett finished fourth, the third time she's finished at that position at the WSOP. Warga also battled against Chris "indariva" Tryba, who made his first WSOP final table appearance, finishing seventh and earning $22,926.

Watch the clip below for some key moments during the final table of Event 27:

Other notable finishers from Event 27 include Kevin MacPhee (12th), Blair Rodman (14th) and Brandon Cantu (17th).

Below are the complete results of Event 27 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 27: seven-card stud high-low eight-or-better
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 644
Prize pool: $869,400
Players in the money: 64

1. David Warga ($208,682)
2. Maxwell Troy ($129,253)
3. David Levi ($87,400)
4. Karina Jett ($60,588)
5. Christopher George ($42,913)
6. Jonathan Bascom ($31,046)
7. Chris Tryba ($22,926)
8. Allen Bari ($17,274)
9. Topias Wahlbeck ($13,275)
10. Michael Foti ($13,275)
11. Odette Tremblay ($10,406)
12. Kevin MacPhee ($10,406)
13. Jason Estock ($8,311)
14. Blair Rodman ($8,311)
15. Allyn Marshall ($6,763)
16. James Richburg ($6,763)
17. Brandon Cantu ($5,607)
18. Regis Burlot ($5,607)
19. Scott Lake ($5,607)
20. Mickey Seagle ($5,607)
21. Thomas Hunt ($5,607)
22. Bonnie Leinhos ($5,607)
23. Robert Campbell ($5,607)
24. Felipe Ramos ($5,607)
25. Joshua Karnad ($4,729)
26. Christopher Nelligan ($4,729)
27. Dale Phillips ($4,729)
28. Dutch Boyd ($4,729)
29. Daniel Studer ($4,729)
30. Al Morris ($4,729)
31. Joseph Santagata ($4,729)
32. Andre Boyer ($4,729)
33. Ben Tang ($4,060)
34. Hamid Salari ($4,060)
35. Debbie Hickok ($4,060)
36. John Racener ($4,060)
37. Vince Burgio ($4,060)
38. Marcandrea Trevisanato ($4,060)
39. Hoyt Verner ($4,060)
40. John Uhlig ($4,060)
41. Scott Clements ($3,547)
42. Jeff Duvall ($3,547)
43. Chris Reslock ($3,547)
44. Edward Gleason ($3,547)
45. Manuel Bevand ($3,547)
46. Omar Mehmood ($3,547)
47. Clayton Mozdzen ($3,547)
48. Michael Baxter ($3,547)
49. Andrew Ung ($3,182)
50. Brian Malcolm ($3,182)
51. Larry Wright ($3,182)
52. Phil Ivey ($3,182)
53. Gina Hecht ($3,182)
54. Charlie Ng ($3,182)
55. John Womack ($3,182)
56. (Unknown Player) ($3,182)
57. Jeffrey Mervis ($2,851)
58. Doug Carli ($2,851)
59. Ivan Schertzer ($2,851)
60. Meredith Holtzman ($2,851)
61. Salvadore Mortillaro ($2,851)
62. John D'Agostino ($2,851)
63. Paul Parker ($2,851)
64. Jan Sjavik ($2,851)

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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