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2011 World Series of Poker

Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em

Day 3 completed

Posted 06-03-2011 02:26 GMT
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Day 3 completed

Congratulations to Sean Drake, Event #1 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em Champion ($82,292)!

• Level 23: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Sean Drake - Champion
Sean Drake - Champion

A field of 850 kicked off the 2011 World Series of Poker on Tuesday as Event #1, the $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em tournament, started the summer festivities. After 10 levels on Day 1, 77 were fortunate enough to return on Day 2. Another 10 levels were played and even though the tournament was scheduled for two days, a third would be needed as four players were still in the running to capture the coveted WSOP gold bracelet. In the end, only one would be able to claim the title and earn the title of champion. That man was Sean Drake, a part-time poker dealer from Folsom, California.

Though he was the chip leader entering Day 3, there was a time when things looked very bleak. Heads-up with Jason Baker, Drake could taste victory when they got the chips in on a {7-Spades}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop. Drake's {J-Spades}{J-Clubs} was miles ahead of Baker's {7-Clubs}{5-Hearts}, but a cruel {7-Diamonds} hit the turn and put the momentum in Baker's corner.

Drake, however, stayed focused and would not be denied. Two crucial double ups vaulted him to a commanding chip lead. First, it was his {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts} holding against Baker's {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}. Shortly after that, Drake got it in with {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} on a {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{J-Hearts} against Baker's {J-Spades}{6-Spades}. No miracle one-outer came for Baker and he bowed out in second place the next hand, paving the way for Drake to claim the first 2011 WSOP bracelet awarded at the Rio this summer.

Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerPrize
1Sean Drake$82,292
2Jason Baker$50,807
3Claudio Falcaro$32,753
4Christopher Perez$23,994
5Daniel Quach$17,835
6Richard Kozlowski$13,437
7Adam Falk$10,247
8Joseph Zeman$7,906
9Edward Marcus$6,165

Congratulations to Drake for a job well done! That concludes our coverage of the Casino Employees Event, but the excitement of the summer has only just begun. Be sure to keep it here at PokerNews throughout the summer as we continue to keep you up-to-date on the happenings from the Rio.

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Jason Baker Eliminated in 2nd Place ($50,807)

• Level 23: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Jason Baker - 2nd place
Jason Baker - 2nd place

The very next hand, Sean Drake shoved on the button and Jason Baker called all in from the big blind.

Drake: {Q-Clubs}{6-Clubs}
Baker: {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}

Baker needed help to survive and found little from the {A-Spades}{4-Spades}{4-Diamonds} flop. The {2-Hearts} turn left him only six outs to survive and the {K-Hearts} river was not one of them, bringing the tournament to an end.

For his runner-up showing, Jason Baker earned $50,807.

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Drake Doubles With Full House Against Full House

Jason Baker limped in on the button and Sean Drake popped it to 140,000 from the big blind.

Baker called and the flop came down {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. Little did we know how much both players loved that flop. Drake bet 105,000 and Baker called, landing the {J-Hearts} on the turn. Again, little did we know how much both players loved that turn. A check from Drake led to a bet of 200,000 from Baker. Drake, though, popped it to 450,000. Baker responded by shoving with the big stack. An immediate call from Drake revealed the following hands:

Baker: {J-Spades}{6-Spades}
Drake: {K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}

A dejected Baker hoped to catch the {J-Diamonds} on the river, but it did not happen as the {8-Diamonds} hit to secure the double for Drake.

Sean Drake 2,270,000 1,380,000
Jason Baker 330,000 -1,380,000

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Drake Doubles

After slipping to under 500,000, Sean Drake found a much needed double up.

Jason Baker raised to 120,000 on the button and Sean Drake re-raised all in for 440,000 from the big blind. Baker called with {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, trailing Drake's {A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}.

The board ran out a beautiful {Q-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{5-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} for Drake, keeping his hopes of capturing WSOP gold alive.

Jason Baker 1,710,000 -400,000
Sean Drake 890,000 400,000

Baker Two-Outs His Way To The Chip Lead

Jason Baker
Jason Baker

Jason Baker called on the button and Sean Drake popped it to 140,000 from the big blind.

Baker called and a {7-Spades}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop followed. Drake bet 145,000, but saw his bet quickly raised to 345,000 by Baker. That was fine with Drake who re-raised all in. After about 90 seconds and with 365,000 behind, Baker called all in and tabled {7-Clubs}{5-Hearts}.

Drake was dominating with {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}, but the {7-Diamonds} turn changed everything and put Baker way out in front. The {5-Diamonds} river was no help to Drake and he is now the one down about 2:1 in chips.

Jason Baker 1,710,000 840,000
Sean Drake 890,000 -840,000

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Baker Battling Back

• Level 23: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Sean Drake raised to 100,000 on the button and Jason Baker called from the big blind.

The flop fell {A-Spades}{Q-Clubs}{7-Hearts} and Baker checked. Drake bet 115,000, quickly getting called by Baker. Both checked the {7-Clubs} turn and the {9-Clubs} followed on the river. Baker bet 200,000, enough to take it down.

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Baker Doubles

• Level 23: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Jason Baker limped on the button and Sean Drake checked his option.

The flop came down {6-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Spades} and Drake checked. Baker bet 50,000, but was put to the test when Drake raised all in. After a few moments, Baker called all in for 300,000 and revealed {8-Clubs}{5-Clubs}. He was ahead of Drake's {5-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} and clinched the double when the {Q-Diamonds} turn and {J-Diamonds} river fell.

Baker upped his stack to roughly 870,000, but still finds himself down 2:1 in chips.

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Drake Pulling Away

On a {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{K-Clubs} board, Jason Baker checked it to Sean Drake. After a few moments Drake bet 85,000, but Baker popped it to 185,000. Drake responded by shoving, getting Baker to fold immediately.

"Show the deuce!" yelled one of Drake's friends on the rail. Drake obliged, showing the {2-Clubs} as he collected the chips.

Sean Drake 1,900,000 410,000
Jason Baker 700,000 -410,000

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