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One bracelet down

One down, 56 to go! The first event of the 2009 World Series of Poker featured 866 casino employees putting up the $500 buy-in for their chance at WSOP history. The Casino Employees event, a tradition at the WSOP since 2000, is the lowest buy-in of the WSOP and allows the bartenders, dealers, floor staff and other casino employees to take their shot.

Andrew Cohen outlasted the tough field and now, the drinks are on the bartender. Cohen, who is 39 and works at the N9NE steakhouse at the Palms Casino, earned $83,833 for the victory and his first gold bracelet.

"The one thing that I always wanted -- for any poker player, this is it," Cohen said after his victory to the WSOP. "I told all these guys here, it's not about the money to me, and I'm not even a rich guy. I'm a bartender. And, I don't care about the money. You can always get money. It's the bracelet that counts."

The bracelet will be officially awarded to Cohen during the first bracelet presentation ceremony on Friday after the first level of play. The ceremony is new to the WSOP in 2009, as the tournament staff wanted to make sure that all bracelet-winners are given special recognition for their success.

Cohen was the chip leader entering the final table, which included four poker dealers, two casino games dealers, a bar back, a floorman and a bartender. Although he relinquished his chip lead early at the final table, he dominated play during the four-hour final table.

Below are the complete results of Event 1 at the 2009 World Series of Poker:

Event 1: Casino Employees Event, no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $500
Entries: 866
Prize pool: $389,700
Players in the money: 81

1. Andrew Cohen ($83,833)
2. Paul Peterson ($51,787)
3. Casey Kuhn ($33,923)
4. Grant Yasui ($23,483)
5. Dulay Elpidio ($17,127)
6. Robert Rooney ($13,125)
7. John Mcavoy ($10,545)
8. Ferdinand Boleski ($8,865)
9. Sam Porter ($7,782)
10. Jonathan Williams ($5,502)
11. Cesar Chavez ($5,502)
12. Osmel Fernandez ($5,502)
13. Jeffrey Vonalst ($4,087)
14. Aaron Medrano ($4,087)
15. Felix Karli ($4,087)
16. Jesse Duangrudeesawat ($3,152)
17. Alan Adler ($3,152)
18. Tuni Rafaele ($3,152)
19. Stephanie Donahue ($2,474)
20. Daniel Hecht ($2,474)
21. Alex Lan ($2,474)
22. Steven Ludwick ($2,474)
23. Sanu Liu, Sang ($2,474)
24. Ryan McNeel ($2,474)
25. John Harris ($2,474)
26. Amen Abrahim ($2,474)
27. Joe Devlin ($2,474)
28. Jodie Sanders ($2,045)
29. Phi Tran ($2,045)
30. Lesley Houghtaling ($2,045)
31. David Hillis ($2,045)
32. Clayton Bell ($2,045)
33. Theanne Sergeant ($2,045)
34. Ramy Zakaria ($2,045)
35. John Armstrong ($2,045)
36. Stephen Sallot ($2,045)
37. Matthew Pettit ($1,745)
38. Christopher Beddow ($1,745)
39. Cavin Quintanilla ($1,745)
40. Stephen Sanchez ($1,745)
41. Cai Zhen ($1,745)
42. Adan Buccieri($1,745)
43. Angelito Trinidad ($1,745)
44. Tigran Karakaskyan ($1,745)
45. Charles Platt ($1,745)
46. Robert Mason ($1,512)
47. Ming Day ($1,512)
48. Davud Fischer ($1,512)
49. Michael Lopez ($1,512)
50. Michel Ouellette ($1,512)
51. Aaron Surbeck ($1,512)
52. Thomas Alper ($1,512)
53. Dayne Baverman ($1,512)
54. Wern LaLaw ($1,512)
55. Barry Bergida ($1,328)
56. Daniel Price ($1,328)
57. Sunshine Gardner ($1,328)
58. Richard Haughey ($1,328)
59. Randi Ghrist ($1,328)
60. Brian Petersen ($1,328)
61. Matthew Parker ($1,328)
62. Edward Marcus ($1,328)
63. Aaron Salonek ($1,328)
64. Stanley Bartlett ($1,145)
65. Marshall Silverstein ($1,145)
66. Robert Maxwell ($1,145)
67. Frank Presley ($1,145)
68. Robert Baptista ($1,145)
69. Mary Patton ($1,145)
70. Bruce Gaw ($1,145)
71. Timothy Stroud ($1,145)
72. Guadalupe Carbajal ($1,145)
73. James Bakunowicz ($974)
74. David Brown ($974)
75. Geoffrey Suk ($974)
76. Guy Jankowski ($974)
77. Thanva Girdpool ($974)
78. Robert O'Mara ($974)
79. Tyrone Kelley ($974)
80. Colton Avery ($974)
81. Jean Cloutier ($974)