2021 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Days:
12

Event Info

Buy-in $500
Prize Pool $175,980
Players 419

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 200,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 50
Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 completed

Caesars Palace Dealer Jimmy Barnett Wins Event #1: $500 Casino Employees ($39,013)

Chad_Holloway • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Jimmy Barnett - Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em Winner
Jimmy Barnett - Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em Winner

The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’em attracted 419 entries, and after two full days of play, just one remained in Jimmy Barnett, a 36-year-old duel dealer and floor at Caesars Palace.

"My boss is really cool, he knows I want to play, so we’re trying to make it work where I floor a couple of days to help out, deal a couple of days, and then play the rest," said Barnett, who took down a $39,013 top prize and his first gold bracelet.

Barnett originally hails from California but came out to Vegas in 2018. He got an audition with the Golden Nugget, which he passed despite having no experience, and has been working in the industry ever since.

“Once Vegas started opening back up, I got an opportunity at Caesars and have been there since then," he explained. For Barnett, Vegas has always held a special place in his heart as his dad brought him to Sin City on his 18th birthday. Three years later when he turned 21, he came back and played his first WSOP event.

“Special. I think it’s on every poker player’s bucket list. It’s just special," Barnett said when asked how it felt to win the bracelet. "My father passed a handful of years ago from cancer. We would come out here and play all the time. My grandma just passed away three weeks ago. I posted on Facebook I was going to win a tournament for her, and to win a WSOP tournament, it’s special.”

Barnett added: "I haven’t been happier. I could have lost this and it would’ve hurt obviously, but I get to play a game for fun. I get to work at Caesars where I would stay growing up. I really am living the dream. I’m one of the luckiest people you’ll know because I have great friends, family, and doing something I love. It’s work but it’s not, it’s awesome. To win this is just the icing on the cake.”

2021 WSOP Event #1 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Jimmy BarnettUnited States$39,013
2Jack BehrensUnited States$24,112
3Danny ChangUnited States$16,540
4Leo AbbeUnited States$11,587
5Bryan GarretUnited States$8,294
6Bobby SchmidtUnited States$6,069
7Chris MintonUnited States$4,542
8Rick CuevasUnited States$3,478
9Ronald BaltazarUnited States$2,727
10Justin SteinmanUnited States$2,191

Day 2 Action

As the day began with 50 players, play would go at a rapid pace before slowing with about fourteen players left as the final table neared. Justin Steinman started the unofficial final table of ten with the chip lead with 1,750,000, but he would go from high to low, as he became the first player of the final table to hit the rail after losing two huge hands.

Ronald Baltazar was the next player to leave in ninth place, and Rico Cuevas then exited in eighth. Chris Minton bowed out in seventh place when his ace-queen fell victim to a ten in the window to lose to queen-ten.

Bobby Schmidt was the next elimination after losing a couple of big flips to go from a big stack early in the table to a sixth-place finish. Bryan Garrett was felted next in fifth place.

Play would slow down significantly while four-handed, where each player would experience drastic swings in chips. It took nearly two hours before Leo Abbe was eliminated in fourth place to bring the table down to three.

From there, Danny Chang was eliminated in third place after having his stack whittled down to make way for the heads-up battle, which began with Jack Behrens holding a slight chip lead over Barnett. However, Barnett would soon take command as he shoved the river on a decisive hand that forced a fold to give him the chip lead and finalized the victory after he flopped a flush on the final hand.

Congratulations to Jimmy Barnett, winners of the 2021 WSOP Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em!

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

Tags: Jimmy Barnett

Jack Behrens Eliminated in 2nd Place ($24,112)

• Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Jack Behrens
Jack Behrens

Both players saw a flop of {q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} in a limped pot.

Jack Behrens jammed his remaining two million and James Barnett snap-called.

Jack Behrens: {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}
James Barnett: {j-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}

Behrens had flopped a pair of tens, but was well behind Barnett's flopped flush. The board ran out {2-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, no help for Behrens who finished as the runner-up for $24,112.

Stayed tuned for a full recap of today's action.

Jimmy Barnett us
Jimmy Barnett
us 10,400,000 3,100,000
Jack Behrens US
Jack Behrens
US Busted

Tags: Jack BehrensJames Barnett

Barnett Shoves River to Take Chip Lead

• Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Jack Behrens raised preflop and James Barnett called.

The flop came the {9-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}. Behrens led for 500,000 and Barnett called.

The turn was the {a-Clubs}. Action went check-check to the river which was the {9-Clubs}. Behrens led for 1,000,000. Barnett came over the top with an all in jam which forced Behrens to fold after a couple of seconds.

Jimmy Barnett us
Jimmy Barnett
us 7,300,000 1,000,000
Jack Behrens US
Jack Behrens
US 3,100,000 -1,000,000
Level:
31
Blinds:
100,000/200,000
Ante:
200,000

Behrens Moves in on the River

• Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

With the board showing {k-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{8-Hearts}, Jack Behrens bet 500,000 from the big blind and James Barnett made the call.

"All-in," Behrens announced after the {j-Hearts} fell on the river.

Barnett went deep into the tank with the tournament potentially on the line. "I don't have much," he told Behrens. He eventually folded to send the pot to Behrens.

Jimmy Barnett us
Jimmy Barnett
us 6,300,000 600,000
Jack Behrens US
Jack Behrens
US 4,100,000 -600,000

Tags: James BarnettJack Behrens

Danny Chang Eliminated in 3rd Place ($16,540)

• Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Danny Chang
Danny Chang

Danny Chang moved all in for about 475,000 from the button. Jack Behrens flatted from the small blind and James Barnett also called from the big blind.

Three players saw the flop of {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{6-Clubs}. Behrens led for 500,000 and Barnett folded.

Behrens had the {q-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} which Chang had very little chance with the {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. The turn was the {a-Clubs} and the river the {4-Clubs} to send Chang away in third place.

Jimmy Barnett us
Jimmy Barnett
us 5,700,000 700,000
Jack Behrens US
Jack Behrens
US 4,700,000 600,000
Danny Chang us
Danny Chang
us Busted

Tags: Danny ChangJack BehrensJames Barnett

Barnett Calls Down Behrens With an Ace

• Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Jack Behrens led out 500,000 from the big blind on a flop of {a-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} and James Barnett called in position.

Behrens bet again when the turn came {10-Spades}, this time for 750,000. Barnett again called.

The {k-Spades} fell on the river and Behrens took his time before betting 500,000. Barnett pondered the decision for a minute before flicking in a call.

"Pair of fours," Behrens announced. Barnett showed {a-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} for a pair of aces to take down the big pot.

Jimmy Barnett us
Jimmy Barnett
us 5,000,000 800,000
Jack Behrens US
Jack Behrens
US 4,100,000 1,900,000

Tags: Jack BehrensJames Barnett

Leo Abbe Eliminated in 4th Place ($11,587)

• Level 30: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Leo Abbe
Leo Abbe

Leo Abbe raised from the button to 400,000 and called when big blind James Barnett put him all in.

Leo Abbe: {q-Spades}{2-Spades}
James Barnett: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}

Barnett flopped a king on a flop of {k-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} and made trips when the {k-Spades} came on the turn, leaving Abbe drawing dead. The {10-Diamonds} was a mere formality as Abbe was able to carry his Day 1 chip lead all the way down to a fourth place finish.

Jimmy Barnett us
Jimmy Barnett
us 4,200,000 800,000
Leo Abbe US
Leo Abbe
US Busted

Tags: James BarnettLeo Abbe

Level:
30
Blinds:
80,000/160,000
Ante:
160,000