AD Main Menu

Alaska-connected player wins $57,536 at World Series of Poker

Doyle Woody

Another Alaska-connected player has cashed in big at the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Sean Berrios, who last summer listed his hometown as Anchorage but now calls St. Croix, Virgin Islands, his home, finished fourth in a Limit Hold 'em event to bag $57,536 at the Rio Casino on Sunday.

Berrios outlasted two five-time event champions -- David Chiu and Jeff Lisandro -- among the final table of nine players before Dan Kelly won the event for his second career championship. Kelly, of Potomoc, Md., won $195,167 in the event that drew 657 players and required a $1,500 entry fee, or buy-in.

Berrios earlier in the WSOP, the game's signature event that lasts nearly two months and features 65 different tournaments, won $18,091 for his 70th-place finish in a No-Limit Hold 'em event that drew about 8,000 players. He also cashed one time last year.

A WSOP spokesperson said Berrios' bio lists him as a contracting administrator in the Air Force and that he now lists his hometown as St. Croix, which he also identifies as his birthplace.

Earlier in the tournament, retired furrier Perry Green of Anchorage cashed for the second time this year. Green, a three-time WSOP champion, earned $5,911 for his 17th-place finish in an Dealer's Choice Six-Handed event that required a $1,500 buy-in and drew 419 players.

Through the first 45 events of the WSOP, 16 players who are Alaskans or have Alaska connections have cashed. Berrios and Green are the only two among those players with multiple cashes.

Richard Mercier of Anchorage earlier this month finished 105th in a No-Limit Hold 'em event to earn $3,434. That event required a $1,500 buy-in and attracted 1,631 players.

Find Doyle Woody's blog at adn.com/hockeyblog or call him at 257-4335.


By DOYLE WOODY
dwoody@adn.com