King Salmon's Cary Marshall is the last Alaskan standing in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker.
One of Marshall's big moments Saturday came when he moved all in for 678,000 chips against Oliver Price, who folded after a long deliberation and kept alive Marshall's hopes of winning the $8.36 million grand prize.
Marshall, who will win $1 million if he can finish in the top seven, was in 59th place with a chip count of 1.5 million as of 9:30 p.m. ADT. Saturday's play began with 239 players and through four of five levels completed that number fell to 89, which means Marshall will cash a minimum of $71,053.
Sami Rustom of Diamond Bar, Calif., was the overall chip leader through four levels with a count of 6.7 million.
One other Alaskan was eliminated Saturday. Anchorage's Kima Kimura went out at 100th place with earnings of $50,752. Kimura early Saturday afternoon more than doubled her chip stack to more than 800,000 when her ace-king held up against an opponent who pushed all-in.
Anchorage's Jason Baer was eliminated late Friday at 277th with $37,019. Lawrence Hill was the fourth Alaskan to win money in the Main Event, getting eliminated Friday in 544th place, which was good for $21,495.
Marshall has experience in WSOP events, having cashed in for $38,777 after placing in two events last summer and scoring $139,260 for winning a circuit event last November in Lake Tahoe.
Anchorage Daily News