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The 47th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) kicked off in style with the first of its 69 scheduled tournaments for the summer.


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The first event was the Casino Employee Championship. This event is a $565 buy-in No-Limit tournament played over two days and nights. The event took place at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.

This saw Christopher Sand, better known as CJ Sand, take home the first WSOP gold bracelet. Out of a whopping 731 entrants Sand managed to hold his poker face throughout the event to walk away with a $75,157 cash prize. CJ is currently employed as a sports book writer and cashier at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

This was Sand’s first ever WSOP-related victory and it was the biggest cash prize of his tournament career as a player. It was only his second-time to cash in the WSOP after managing to finish in-the-money at 2015’s famed “Colossus I” tournament.

The win for this tournament alone amounted to nearly a four-fold increase over his entire career prize money earnings. The 45-year old’s career prize money is now sitting close to six figures.

The Casino Employee Championship is intended to honour the dedication of millions employees who work with the casino industry. The American Gaming Association has suggested that more than 1.7 million jobs have been created within the gaming industry, which is one of the largest, even higher than the number of employees within the airline industry.

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