Adam Hendrix

Five years after he quit his job as a software engineer to play poker full-time, Anchorage’s Adam Hendrix continues to make that transition look like a smooth move.

Hendrix on Thursday won his second poker tournament this year, and the fifth of his career, when he bested 1,445 other players to seize the championship of the $1,600 No-Limit Hold ‘em event at the Wynn Summer Classic in Las Vegas.

The victory earned Hendrix $257,885, the second-largest purse in his career. In 2019, he won $384,615 when he topped the No-Limit field at a European Poker Tour event in Barcelona, Spain. According to cardplayer.com, Hendrix has now accumulated nine career finishes that each earned him $100,000 or more, and the website pegs his career recorded earnings at $3.325 million.

Hendrix at the Wynn Summer Classic conquered by coming from far back in the field on the final day, which he entered with 138,000 in chips, tied for 115th among the 158 players remaining.

Already during this year’s World Series of Poker, which like the Wynn Summer Classic is ongoing in Las Vegas through mid-July, Hendrix has cashed four times for $59,669. That’s not an inconsiderable amount of money, but it sort of looks like pocket change next to that $257K he just won.

Hendrix’s four cashes are the most by an Alaskan at the WSOP this year, one more than Jacob Thibodeau of Juneau. His $59,669 also tops Alaskans. Thibodeau ranks second among Alaskans at this WSOP with winnings of $8,176.

Through 46 of about 100 events at the WSOP, 22 different Alaskans, from nine different cities or towns, have cashed a total of 29 times.

The biggest hauls by Alaskans since we last reported on the WSOP earlier this month: Sean Greendugh of Anchorage earned $5,816 for finishing 306th in the $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit tournament that drew nearly 8,000 players; and Jeremy Hamey of Juneau won $5,696 for his 28th-place finish in the $1,000 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit tournament that featured 2,227 entries.

Photo courtesy Jeremy Hamey/Special to the Alaska Sports Report

52ND Annual World Series of Poker
Alaskans who have finished in the money
(Name, hometown, event, place, earnings

Adam Hendrix, Anchorage. Event 21 – 36) $31,033. Online Event 1 – 8) $26,160. Online Event 4 – 122) $1,426. Event 11 – 611) $1,050. Total 2022 WSOP winnings — $59,669.
Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau. Event 21 – 366) $4,483. Event 34 – 210) $2,632. Event 41 – 307) $1.061. Total 2022 WSOP winnings — $8,176.
Mary Bellenir, Anchorage. Online Event 2 – 12) $7,992.
Sean Greendugh, Anchorage. Event 5 – 866) $1,720. Event 37 – 306) $5,816. Total 2022 WSOP winnings — $7,536.
John Leman, Anchorage. Event 21 – 232) $5,742.
**Jeremy Hamey, Juneau. Event 41 – 28) $5,696.
Christopher Hough, Soldotna. Event 37 – 496) $4,172.
David McGivney, Juneau. Event 7 – 88) $3,339.
Troy Murdough, Girdwood. Event 36 – 42) $3,026.
Alice Jung, Napakiak. Event 5 – 824) $2,641.
Jeremiah Keeney, Fairbanks. Event 9 – 35) $2,641.
Matthew Pagels, Anchorage. Event 21 – 772) $2,625.
Koma Fenton, Fairbanks. Event 37 – 854) $2,625.
Herman Meiners, Anchorage. Event 5 – 516) $2,610.
Sam Butcher, Anchorage. Event 5 – 749) $1,985.
James Farrington, Anchorage. Event 11 – 810) $960. Event 43 – 492) $876. Total 2022 WSOP winnings — $1,836.
Geraldine Delara, Anchorage. Event 11 – 321) $1,669.
William Godley, Fairbanks. Event 5 – 1,117) $1,523.
Patrick Ronan, Girdwood. Event 5 – 1,606) $1,125.
David Jones, Sterling. Event 43 – 448) $1,011.
Saliu Nazim, Bethel. Event 5 – 2,005) $877.
Paul Williams, Eagle River. Event 5 – 2,605) $801.

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