The World Series of Poker kicked off its festivities this week, with the Las Vegas Employee Tournament wrapping up and Chris Sand taking home the first place prize worth $75,157.
The employee tournament gives those who are part of the gaming industry a chance to get in on the WSOP action, and features a $565 buy-in. Sand works at Caesars Palace in the sportsbetting department, although he is no stranger to poker, as he took 1,596th place at the Colossus tournament last year. He ended up beating out London Hippodrome Casino's Kerryjane Craigie, who ended up walking away with $46,420 in second place.
Sand dedicated his victory to his mother, who passed away recently and taught him how to play the game.
The World Series of Poker is an annual series of events that culminates in the Main Event, which has a $10,000 buy-in and promises to make millionaires out of those at the final table. The event is regularly televised, and is widely known as the most popular poker event in the world.