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Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP, made a short speech to announce the beginning of the 45th WSOP and then asked the most important question: "Do you guys like money?" Cannons around the tournament room then shot out $1 bills while "Get Money" by Junior Mafia blasted through the speakers. A total of $10,000 drifted down to the casino floor and players scrambled to get their hands on as much as they could, a spectacular start to the series that took everyone by surprise.
The $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em Tournament is the first bracelet event of the series and at the start of play there were 756 entrants, but that would rise to 876 by the time registration closed at the start of level 5.
That number generated a total prize pool of $394,200 with 90 places being paid. A min-cash would be worth $886 and the eventual winner will walk away with a cool $82,835 and a WSOP gold bracelet.
At the end of 11 levels of play it is Corey Emery with 164,900 who is out in front. Emery is a poker dealer who hails from Simi Valley California and he grabbed the lead at the end of the day when he turned a straight and won a massive pot when his opponent called his river shove with jacks.
Next in chips is Jay Graunstadt who has 125,000 chips. Graunstadt is a 35 year old resident of Las Vegas who works as a casino host at The Cosmopolitan. This is his first WSOP cash although he did play the 2006 NLHE Shootout. He also regularly cashes the Caesars Mega Stack events. He proved his skills throughout the day, playing an aggressive game, putting opponents to the test and of course getting lucky when he needed to.
Other big stacks returning tomorrow include Aaron Henderson on 115,700 and Peter Alba with 105,000.
Mo Nuwwarah, a Live Reporter, is the last remaining PokerNews Employee bagging up 46,200. Looking drained he described his day as a rollercoaster.
Bust outs after the first few levels were fast and furious. By the second break of the day the field was down to 351 and by the dinner break at the end of level 6 that number would fall to 196.
Senior PokerNews Editor Chad Holloway, the defending champ, fell towards the end of level 5 when he got his last 4,100 in from late position and was called by Sergio Trevino. Holloway had and Trevino flipped over . The board ran out and Holloway was eliminated.
Bernard Lee ,who finished 13th in the WSOP Main Event in 2005, fell soon after when John Taylor limped in from early position and the two blinds including Lee checked through to see a three-way flop of . Taylor bet 1,100 which Lee called. After the turn, Lee three-bet shoved with but Taylor made the call with for the nut straight. The river completed the board and Lee was gone.
Having kicked off the tournament in fine style Ty Stewart was short on chips quite early on but bided his time to build it back up. Stewart eventually busted when he got the remainder of his stack all in preflop from the cut-off against Danielle Barille on the button. Stewart had against the of Barille and the board ensured his demise. At least he won his last longer bet with Holloway as a minor consolation.
Action slowed down a little as the bubble approached and it was in the penultimate level of the night that the dubious honour fell to Mike Connors, a poker dealer at Harrahs, who exited in 91st place. Connors opened for 2,400 and was called by big stack Jay Graunstadt. They saw a flop of and when Connors checked Graunstadt bet 6,000 and Connors moved all in. Graunstadt quickly called and when the tournament director arrived he instructed them to turn over their hands. Connorshekd but the of Graunstadt had flopped a straight. The turn and river saw all the remaining players make the money.
The Casino Employees Tournament resumes tomorrow at 1 p.m. when the remaining 51 players will play down to a winner. Join the PokerNews Live Reporting team as we chart the path of one player to glory, a huge payday and the coveted gold bracelet.
All tables have finished their last hand and the players sealed their bags. Below we have some of the most notable chip counts, the final ones should be available within the hour.
Looks like we do know the end of the day chip leader and it is Corey Emery. The poker dealer opened to 4,000 with and found one customer to the flop.
His first barrel worth 4,000 was just flat called and the same happened again on the turn for 10,000. After the river, Emery moved all in and was tank called by a pair of jacks to claim a massive pot.
Cory Rodvik raised from middle position to 4,600 and Glenn Sorrells called from the big blind. The flop was and Sorrells pushed all in. Rodvik quickly called and turned over . Sorrells had and couldn't hit his two-outer as the board ran out .
Sorrells is down to 18,000, while Rodvik vaults to 85,000.
Olivier Doremus was all in for 11,900 from middle position and the cutoff tank called, trying to lure in any other players behind him into the pot as well. They all ended up folding though and the cutoff showed . Doremus had and picked up a flush draw on the flop. The turn was a blank but the showed up right on the river.
We are about to be done for the day as only five more hands will be played. The clock has been stopped with ten minutes left in level 11.
We haven't really had any major update for Ray Kluever lately, but no need to worry as he had been doing just fine. A few minutes ago he check-called a bet of 4,200 on the flop and then led the turn for 15,000 to scoop the pot without showdown.
PokerNews blogger Mo Nuwwarah is the last chance for our own to go back-to-back and he has been on a bit of a roller coaster lately.
Brett Halladay raised in the cutoff to 3,300 and Nuwwarah three-bet from the button to 7,300. The big blind folded and John Taylor woke the table up with a four-bet all in for around 38,000. Halladay folded, as did last-chance Mo and he will have to climb the hill again to get deep.