Rodriguez gives Alaska another multiple money winner in World Series of Poker

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Jonathon Rodriguez of Anchorage recently became the fourth Alaska-connected player to win money in multiple events at the 2014 World Series of Poker.

Rodriguez pocketed $3,881 for his 122nd-place finish in a No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament that drew nearly 2,400 players and required a $1,500 buy-in, or entry fee. Combined with the $6,353 he collected in an earlier tournament at the Rio, Rodriguez earned winnings of $10,234 in the 45th annual event.

The World Series of Poker is the game’s most lucrative and prestigious event. It features 65 events, culminating in The Main Event, a No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament that earns the winner $10 million.

Also cashing twice this year at the WSOP were Sean Berrios of Anchorage ($75,627), three-time WSOP champion and retired furrier Perry Green of Anchorage ($10,296), and one-time champion Greg Hobson ($10,319).

In all, at least 21 Alaskans, or Alaska-connected players, cashed in the WSOP, according to results posted on the event’s website. The WSOP wrapped a month and a half's worth play earlier this week with The Main Event. That tournament began with 6,683 players who put down the $10,000 buy-in and Monday was winnowed to nine players for the final table in November.

In 2013, 22 Alaska-connected players cashed. Twelve such players cashed in 2012, 15 in 2011 and 19 in 2010.

Jeremiah Keeney of Fairbanks recently earned $8,809 for his 149th-place finish in a No-Limit Hold ‘em tournament that drew 7,862 players and required a $1,500 buy-in.

Steve Dunning of Anchorage won $6,363 for finishing 51st in a No-Limit Hold ‘em game that attracted 2,525 players and featured a $1,000 buy-in. Ronny Miyaoka of Anchorage, who finished 246th in that same tournament, won $1,840.

Also, Richele Johnson of Anchorage won $5,888 in the Ladies No-Limit Hold ‘em Championship, though that event, which drew nearly 800 players, required a $10,000 buy-in.

Wayne McGregor of Wasilla won $3,331 in a Pot-Limit Hi-Low Split 8 or Better tournament, which featured 991 players and cost $1,500 to enter.