About 15 Alaskans have won money in Las Vegas halfway through the annual World Series of Poker, the game's signature event.
Among those who have cashed are retired Anchorage furrier Perry Green, a three-time WSOP champion; Greg Hobson, who lists his hometown as Portland, Ore., but has resided in Anchorage recently and owns one of the bracelets event champions receive; and Young Ji and Kima Kimura of Anchorage, who have each cashed a handful of times in the past several years.
Six Alaskans cashed in the Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold 'em tournament, which required a $1,500 entry fee, or buy-in, and drew 7,977 entrants.
Sean Barrios of Anchorage led the way with a 70th place finish that bagged him $18,091. Hobson finished 156th to earn $8,830. Also cashing were Jonathon Rodriquez of Anchorage (331st, $6,353), Glen Eichenlaub of Eagle River (342nd, $5,384), James Bauman of Anchorage (616th, $3,446) and Alexander Ahn of Anchorage (675th, $3,015).
Roughly the top 10 percent of the players in any event finish in the money at the WSOP, which is in its 45th year.
Green, who has cashed 27 times and won nearly $700,000 in his WSOP career, finished 42nd in the Pot-Limit Omaha tournament that required a $1,000 buy-in and attracted 1,128 players. He earned $4,385.
Young Ji finished 46th in the Senior No-Limit Hold 'em tournament for players 50 and older, earning $10,354 in his sixth cash in the last four years. That tournament required a $1,000 buy-in, drew 4,425 players and included three other Alaskans in the money -- Kevin McCarthy of Anchorage (244th, $2,588), Ross Novak of Fairbanks (287th, $2,270) and Mark Daly of Anchorage (462nd, $1,752).
Kimura, who last year finished 100th and earned $50,752 in the Main Event, the premier tournament in the world, finished 103rd in a No-Limit Hold 'em event to earn $2,289. That game drew 2,043 entries and required a $1,000 buy-in. Kimura has cashed five times since 2010.
Also cashing at the Rio Casino was Kao Saelee of Anchorage, whose 26th place finish in a Pot-Limit Hold 'em event -- $1,500 buy-in, 557 players -- was worth $5,030.
Two Alaskans finished in the money in a No-Limit Hold 'em tournament with 2,223 players and a $1,000 buy-in. Patrick Ronan of Girdwood finished 113th to pocket $2,400 and Jennifer Richie of Anchorage took 139th, worth $2,160.
The WSOP began on May 27 and continues through July 14. It features 65 tournaments.
Anchorage Daily News