Andrew Cohen, from Las Vegas, captured the $500 buy-in Casino Employees No Limit Hold’em championship at the 2009 World Series of Poker, winning $83,778. This year’s field drew 867 dealers, floorpeople and bartenders and generated a prize-pool of $389,700.
Originally from New York, Cohen is a bartender at the Palms Casino, inside the Nine steakhouse in Las Vegas. “The one thing that I always wanted—for any poker player—this is it,” Cohen remarked. “I told all these guys here, it’s not about the money to me, and I’m not even a rich guy.”
Cohen called his wife moments after winning, and she was crying at their Las Vegas home. “She knows how much the gold bracelet means to me. Life doesn’t get much better than today,” he said.