On a World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit full of major payouts, Sean Berrios was the latest to take home a large chunk of change. The Anchorage native won the WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event, topping 1,304 entrants and earning $347,192. The win also earned him a seat into the 2016 WSOP Global Casino Championship at the end of the season.
“I’m just ecstatic right now,” Berrios told WSOP officials.
Twenty-two players survived to the third day of the event, which had a total prize pool of $1,956,000, but the final nine showed themselves rather quickly. Of the 13 players eliminated before the final table, not one of them was at the hand of Berrios. That would change quickly at the final table, though.
The winner, a full-time member of the U.S. Air Force, took out sixth-place Brian Hansen for his first elimination of the day. Berrios (A♤, 10♡) called Hansen’s all-in raise of 2.205 million. Hansen was holding Q♡, 10♤ and both players hit on the flop (10♢, 7♧, 3♧), but Berrios’ ace had him out front, and the rest of the board (9♢, A♧) only increased his lead. The sixth-place finish gave Hansen $70,083.
The fourth and fifth-place finishers, Davis Aalvik and Ben Palmer, were also eliminated by Berrios. Aalvik shoved with a J♢, 8♢ against Berrios’ K♧, Q♢. The board ran Q♧, 7♡, 3♤, A♢ 5♤ and the pair was enough for Berrios to send Aalvik packing with $119,316.
Berrios faced Peter Hengsakul in heads-up play, starting the tete-a-tete duel with a 2:1 chip lead. The final hand saw Berrios’ 4♧, 3♤ become a straight then the flop and turn showed Q♡, 6♢, 5♤, 2♤. He raised Hengsakul (Q♢, 3♢) all-in, and the runner-up called with top pair and a straight draw. A 5♡ on the river ended the affair.
“I stayed patient, and I got really good cards,” Berrios said. “He played great. I just ran well at the right time.”
The Hollywood Main Event was easily Berrios’ biggest win – he previously held just $113,636 in live tournament earnings, with his largest score coming from the 2014 WSOP Event #43: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, in which he placed fourth.
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(Photo credit: Gene Bromberg, Creative Commons.)
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