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

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

Chad Holloway Wins 2013 World Series of Poker Event #1: $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold'em ($84,915)

• Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Chad Holloway is the first WSOP champion of 2013.
Chad Holloway is the first WSOP champion of 2013.

After a 90-minute head-up battle, Chad Holloway has taken down his first gold bracelet. Holloway, whose previous biggest cash was $3,719 in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP in 2012, won $84,915 after outlasting a starting field of 898 players. Holloway, a writer for PokerNews, hails from Reedsburg, Wisc.

Fifty-five runners advanced to Day 2, at which point Holloway ranked third in chips. Holloway continued to rank among the top stacks for most of Day 2, and he was mostly able to stay out of situations in which he was all in and at risk.

The final table contestants were barely seated when the first player was eliminated. Hieu Le jammed after it was folded to his small blind, eventual second-place finisher Allan Kwong made the call with {3-Hearts}{3-Spades}. Le held {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} and failed to improve.

Shortly thereafter, everyone folded to Michael Trivett on the button, who raised to 27,000. Holloway three-bet to 77,000 in the small blind, and the big blind got out of the way. Trivett went into the tank before pushing all in for about 200,000 more. After some thought, Holloway called.

Holloway: {a-Hearts}{8-Spades}
Trivett: {k-Hearts}{j-Spades}

The flop came {a-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{2-Spades}, and Holloway supporters cheered from the rail. A {7-Hearts} on the turn left Trivett drawing dead, and he got up after the dealer rolled out the {k-Spades} river.

Tyrone Smith was the seventh-place finisher. The action folded around to him in the small blind. Bobby Rooney called from the big blind with {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts} against Smith's {10-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}.

The board ran out {k-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{k-Spades}{8-Hearts} and Smith was eliminated.

Sean Small, who finished third at the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for over $54,000 this April, was next to go. He shoved his last 89,000 in from the button and was called by Holloway in the small blind. His {j-Hearts}{8-Clubs} failed to improve against Holloway's {a-Hearts}{4-Hearts}.

Daniel Ellery went out in fifth when he called off his stack with {6-Clubs}{5-Clubs} against the {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts} of Brian Pingel on a board of {3-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{6-Hearts}. Pingel flushed him out with an {a-Hearts} on the river.

Pingel's good fortune wouldn't last long, as he called a raise from Rooney and they took a flop heads up. The flop brought the {4-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, and Pingel checked. Rooney continuation-bet 55,000, and Pingel shipped all in. Rooney snap-called, and the players showed.

Pingel: {6-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Rooney: {4-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}

Rooney's bottom two pair was in the lead, but he had a lot of cards to fade. A harmless {q-Diamonds} fell on the turn, and Pingel needed a heart or a seven to complete his hand. It wasn't to be, as a {k-Spades} river ended his tournament run in fourth.

Three-handed play lasted over an hour, and the chiplead changed hands multiple times. Finally, Kwong raised all in from the small blind and Rooney instantly called off from the big blind.

Rooney: {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Kwong: {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

A {9-Clubs}{k-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop helped nobody, as did an {8-Diamonds} turn. On the river, heartbreak arrived for Rooney in the form of the {a-Clubs}, and he finished third for $33,903.

Kwong and Holloway battled heads up for more than hour. Both players seemed content to play small pots, and a halfhearted observer could have easily followed the back and forth with only an ear to the proceedings. Every time Holloway would scoop a pot, his deep rail section would clap, cheer and activate their screaming eagle sound effects. When Kwong took down pots, the only sound was the clinking of the chips as the dealer pushed them to the man from Oakland, Calif. The heads-up war was slow and close, as neither player could push far past a three-to-two chip lead.

Finally, the deciding hand took place. Kwong raised to 75,000 and Holloway called.

The flop came {5-Clubs}{q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. Holloway checked and Kwong bet 85,000. Holloway reraised and Kwong shoved all in. Holloway snap-called and showed {q-Hearts}{9-} for trips. Kwong tabled {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}.

The {10-Hearts} turn and {2-Diamonds} river did not improve Kwong's hand, and he was eliminated in 2nd place and quietly exited the feature table area after shaking Holloway's hand.

Holloway's supporters mobbed him as he grinned with joy.

Tags: Chad Holloway

Allan Kwong Eliminated in 2nd Place ($52,318)

• Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Heads Up: Allan Kwong
Heads Up: Allan Kwong

Allan Kwong raised to 75,000 and Chad Holloway called.

The flop came {5-Clubs}{q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}. Holloway checked and Kwong bet 85,000. Holloway reraised and Kwong shoved all in. Holloway snapped called and showed {q-Hearts}{9-} for trips. Kwong tabled {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}.

The {10-Hearts} turn and {2-Diamonds} river did not improve Kwong's hand and he was eliminated in 2nd place.

Tags: Allan KwongChad Holloway

Back and Forth We Go

• Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Allan Kwong made it 75,000, the standard raise at this level in heads-up play so far. Chad Holloway called, and the players took in a {2-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop. Holloway checked, and Kwong checked behind him. The turn brought the {8-Clubs} and a bet of 75,000 from Holloway. Kwong upped the stakes with a minraise, which Holloway called. After a {j-Diamonds} river, Holloway check-called 160,000, and his {k-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} was good.

Chad Holloway us 1,600,000 400,000
Allan Kwong us 1,000,000 -400,000

Tags: Allan KwongChad Holloway

Kwong Takes a Slight Lead

• Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Chad Holloway raised to 65,000. Allan Kwong reraised to 130,000 and Holloway called.

The flop came {10-Clubs}{j-Spades}{10-Hearts}. Kwong bet 90,000 and Holloway called.

Kwong checked the {8-Diamonds}. Holloway bet 125,000 and Kwong called.

Both players checked the {4-Clubs} river. Kwong showed {k-Spades}{8-} for a pair and Holloway mucked his hand.

Allan Kwong us 1,400,000 350,000
Chad Holloway us 1,200,000 -350,000

Tags: Allan KwongChad Holloway

Holloway Gaining Ground

• Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Alan Kwong raised to 60,000 and Holloway reraised to 180,000. Kwong called.

Both players checked the {5-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{j-Spades} flop.

The turn was {4-Clubs}. Holloway bet 100,000 and Kwong called.

Both players checked the river {k-Spades}.

Holloway showed {9-Spades}{9-Diamonds} and Kwong mucked his hand.

Holloway Raises River

• Level 22: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Chad Holloway minraised the button, and Allan Kwong made the call from the big blind. The flop came {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{4-Spades}, and both players checked. Kwong checked and called a 35,000 bet from Holloway after a {3-Spades} turned. Kwong then led out for 85,000 on the river. Holloway decided on a big raise to 400,000, and Kwong folded quickly.

Allan Kwong us 1,400,000 -200,000
Chad Holloway us 1,200,000 200,000

Tags: Allan KwongChad Holloway