Hufty, Fox, Cada win first three WSOP bracelets

The World Series of Poker is underway in Las Vegas and the first three WSOP bracelets have already been won.

The first event at the WSOP again this year was the $565 Casino Employees tournament. The cheap buy-in which gives casino employees a chance at a WSOP title had 566 entries for a $283,000 prize pool. When the last card was dealt, Jordan Hufty was the last man standing to claim the bracelet and $61,909 for first place.

Hufty, a poker dealer at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas, went heads-up with Jodie Sanders for nearly four hours before finally sending his final opponent to the rail. On the final hand, Sanders was all-in with pocket threes against Hufty’s K-Q. Hufty made a pair on the river after the board showed 10s-9s-2d-7d-Kh to win the tournament.

Fox, Cada claim other WSOP events

In the second and third events on the WSOP schedule, Elio Fox and Joe Cada each took home another WSOP bracelet.

Fox picked up his second career WSOP win in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty Tournament. Played for the first time this year, the tournament drew 243 players, amassing a $2,284,200 prize pool. Fox’s cut for the win was $393,693.

This was Fox’s second WSOP bracelet, as he previously won the World Series of Poker Europe main event in 2011. Entering heads-up play against Adam Adler, he had a massive 9-to-1 chip lead. On the final hand, Fox’s pocket twos bested Adler’s A-10.

Cada is well known in the poker world as the winner of the 2009 WSOP main event for $8.5 million. He won another WSOP bracelet in 2014 in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em six-handed championship.

Cada made it three over the weekend by taking down event No. 3 at this year’s WSOP, the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout. Cada outlasted the rest of the 363-player field in the tournament to cash $226,218 from the $980,100 prize pool.

Cada faced off with Sam Phillips heads-up for the tournament title, in a short battle that lasted only 18 hands. When heads-up play began, Cada appeared to have his opponent dominated with 4.6 million in chips to Phillips’ 700,000 chips.

Phillips doubled up a few times to make it interesting, but in the end he couldn’t catch Cada. On the final hand, Cada made a full house with J-3 to top Phillips’ trip eights.