A poker dealer from Las Vegas has won the casino employees tournament at the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.
It drew 930 participants, mostly from the USA, and had 93 payouts and a total prize pool of about $400,000.
The tourney was won by Jonathan Kotula, a poker dealer who works at O’Shea’s, a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
For the victory, Kotula earns $87,929.
He does not, however, receive a WSOP championship gold bracelet for the win because, according to the WSOP, the tournament is a closed event, not open to the general public.
That explanation is somewhat shallow, however, because one of the WSOP events is a ladies only tournament–no men allowed–yet that winner receives a bracelet, even though it is not open to the general public.
Event #54 was the only WSOP event not to award a bracelet.
Runnerup in the tourney Kevin O’Harra of Tunica, Mississippi, USA, who earned $56,748.
Third was Glenda Harrell of Seattle, Washington, USA, who earned $34,107.
Fourth was Dan Kohnen of Springboro, Ohio, USA, who earned $28,667.
Fifth was Andy Brock of Las Vegas, who earned $23,435.
Sixth was Mike Anderson of Gilbert, Arizona, USA, who earned $18,414.
Seventh was Elaine Graham of Las Vegas, who earned $14,229.
Eighth was Dave Dietrich of Las Vegas, who earned $11,090.
Ninth was Monica Conrad of Cathedral City, California, USA, who earned $7,951.
Tenth was Bob Threadgill of Lodi, California, USA, who earned $5,022.
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