Seven Alaskans have cashed in already at the 43rd annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, and the first to rake in money pocketed $87,231 for his sixth-place finish in a No-Limit Hold'em event.
Abdyl Konjuhi of Anchorage bagged the big bucks in the first open event in a schedule that began in late May, features 61 different poker tournaments, lasts well into July and is the most prestigious tournament in the game. He scored in a tournament that drew 2,101 entries and required a $1,500 buy-in, or entry fee.
In that same event, Cris Eichenlaub of Eagle River finished 53rd to earn $8,565.
Christopher Hartman, an associate professor of computer science at UAF, has cashed twice. He won $7,164 for his 10th-place finish in a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Shootout that drew 366 players and another $4,880 -- that's a total of $12,044 -- for his 67th-place showing in a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit games that attracted 2,795 entrants.
Perry Green of Anchorage, who has won three bracelets, the coveted jewelry given to WSOP event winners, won $2,786 in an event to bring his career WSOP earnings to nearly $600,000. Green finished 217th in the $1,000 buy-in Seniors No-Limit Championship that had 4,128 entries. Danny Walker of Wasilla finished 195th in that tournament to also win $2,786.
Michael Anderson of Chugiak, who won $3,216 for his 240th-place finish in a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit event with a field of 3,404. And Anthony Green of Anchorage finished 179th in a field of 2,303 to win $3,076 in a No-Limit event that required a $1,500 buy-in.
The WSOP this year is expected to draw 75,000 entrants and generate $192 million in earnings.
Alaskans have been cashing in for years. In 2010, 18 different Alaskans cashed at the WSOP and Calvin Kordus of Anchorage led the charge when he won $223,069 for his third-place finish in a No-Limit event.