Caesars Palace card dealer wins the WSOP Employee Event
By Bob Garcia
Jimmy Barnett proves just as skilled at reading cards as he is dealing them
Nowadays, not only recognized poker professionals have the opportunity to take home an important title, but the experience of a table game dealer can also play an important role. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has already kicked off, and it has brought quite a few surprises, including the victory of a Caesars Palace poker dealer, who took home one of the first bracelets of the WSOP 2021.
Jimmy Barnett, a poker room supervisor and poker dealer at Caesars Palace, closed last week on a high note after winning the $500 No-Limit Hold’em event for casino employees Friday night at the Rio. More than 400 entries were entered in the event and the California native was able to roll over everyone to win the title and take home the $39,013 first-place prize.
The 36-year-old has not had a long poker career, and this was definitely the biggest cash he has managed to win so far. Prior to winning the bracelet, Barnett’s best finish on record was a fifth-place finish in a $200 no-limit Hold’em event at the Grand Poker Series in 2018 for $26,515. Still, it seems that the poker dealer also has his ace up his sleeve, and he knows how to pull it out at the most appropriate times. Many poker pros currently have not been able to take home a WSOP bracelet, and Barnett is privileged to say that he already has one in his possession.
Barnett became part of Las Vegas’ flagship casino shortly after Sin City reopened its doors following the pandemic shutdown. He continues to work there today. “My boss is really cool,” Barnett told WSOP reporters after the event. “He knows I want to play, so we’re trying to make it work where I floor a couple of days to help out, deal a couple of days, and then play the rest.”