King Salmon man nets $102,000 in World Series of Poker's Main Event

Cary Marshall, the last Alaskan alive in the World Series of Poker's main event, busted out of the world's most lucrative game in the wee hours of Sunday morning, but he hit the rail with a sweet parting gift -- $102,102.

Marshall, from King Salmon, finished 71st in the field of 6,352 No-Limit Texas Hold 'em players aiming for the first-place prize of $8.36 million at the Rio in Las Vegas.

Marshall, who last November won a WSOP circuit event in Lake Tahoe to pocket $139,260, was one of four Alaskans to cash in the Main Event, which requires a $10,000 entry fee, or buy-in.

Kima Kimura of Anchorage finished 100th to rack $50,752. Jason Baer of Anchorage finished 277th to earn $37,019. And Lawrence Hill of Anchorage took 544th place, good for $21,495.

In all, 22 Alaskans cashed in WSOP events. The nearly seven-week run of games features 62 different events, culminating in the Main Event.

Marshall busted out when he went all-in, risking more than 500,000 in chips, with an ace-jack against Steven Watts' pair of eights. Watt's pair stood up through the community cards to send Marshall packing. Watts, of London, finished 59th to earn $123,597.

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