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Juneau’s Jacob Thibodeau and Mario Fata consistently cashing in at World Series of Poker

by | Jul 7, 2024 | Cover Story, Poker

Juneau’s Jacob Thibodeau (right) takes a selfie with WSOP legend Phil Hellmuth in the background.

Anchorage pro Adam Hendrix remains Alaska’s most prominent poker player, but don’t sleep on Juneau stalwarts Jacob Thibodeau and Mario Fata, who have been cashing in regularly at the ongoing 55th annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Thibodeau has already cashed in 10 events at this WSOP, earning money in four live tournaments and six online tournaments to the tune of $26,013. He’s cashed 39 times in his WSOP history, doing it six times in 2023, four times in 2022 and seven times in 2021.

Fata, meanwhile, has cashed seven times in the 2024 WSOP after cashing five times last year. This year, he’s pocketed a combined $25,090.

Hendrix’s 11 cashes in 2024 lead all Alaskans as the WSOP, the most lucrative and prestigious tournament in the world, is currently playing the Main Event, the most coveted title in the game. Hendrix at this WSOP has won $192K in earnings, plus pocketed another $150-160,000 in bounties.

Both Wayne McGregor of Wasilla and Jeremy Hamey of Juneau have each cashed four times this WSOP – McGregor for a combined $5,479 and Hamey for a combined $5,053.

Charles Lawson of Anchorage has cashed three times for $19,781. And although Sterling Lopez of Anchorage has two cashes, he’s racking big money – a total of $38,950 – courtesy of his 10th-place finish in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship, which furnished him $34,847.

Hendrix’s fourth place in the $800 No-Limit Deepstack event gives him both the highest finish by an Alaskan at this WSOP and the most lucrative finish ($125,074).

Through Saturday, 49 different Alaskans have combined to cash a combined 87 times in this WSOP. Those players come from 12 different cities in towns in the state.

The WSOP opened May 28 at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas and runs through July 21.

2024 World Series of Poker (55th annual)

Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas

Event, (Number of Entries), Place, Name, Hometown, Prize Money

Alaskans who have cashed

Event 2, $500 Casino Employees No-Limit Hold’Em (1,189 entries)

15) Ramon Espejo, Anchorage, $3,215.

Event 3, $500 WSOP Kickoff No-Limit Freezeout (3,485 entries)

152) Juanito Cunanan, Jr., Anchorage, $1,483.

Event 5, $1,000 Mystery Millions No-Limit (18,409 entries)

30) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $29,660

63) Charles Lawson, Anchorage, $13,680.

283) Daniel Webb, North Pole, $5,170.

963) George Rawls, Anchorage, $3,957.

1,150) Arik Zaguri, Ketchikan, $1,976.

1,876) Jerry Thompson, Anchorage, $1,320.

2,012) Mario Fata, Juneau, $1,319.

2,084) Edward House, Soldotna, $1,319.

2,189) David McGivney, Juneau, $1,319.

2,334) Esther Smith, Anchorage, $1,319.

2,404) Richele Whorton, Anchorage, $1,319.

Event 14, $1,000 Super Turbo No-Limit Freezeout (2,639 entries)

26) Sarah Strand, Anchorage, $7,671.

279) Charles Lawson, Anchorage, $1,321.

281) Paul Williams, Eagle River, $1,321.

345) Mario Fata, Juneau, $1,321.

Event 15, $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (1,277 entries)

31) Frank Rowcroft-Ivy, Anchorage, $8,824.

69) Sterling Lopez, Anchorage, $4,103.

Event 16 — $5,000 No-Limit (660 entries)

53) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $13,445.

Online Event 1, 55th Annual Kickoff (1,544 entries)

12) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $7,874.

132) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $1,312.

Event 17, $800 No-Limit Deepstack (4,372 entries)

433) Jordan Ramirez, Anchorage, $1,682.

486) Julio Venegas, Alaska (no hometown listed), $1,602.

619) Kevin Collins, Anchorage, $1,602.

Event 18, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha (1,469 entries)

70) Andrejs Prost, Anchorage, $4,498.

Event 20, $300 Gladiators of Poker No-Limit (20,647 entries)

1,169) Wayne McGregor, Wasilla, $874.

1,228) Jared Drinkwater, Wasilla, $824.

1,499) Ryan Adams, No home town reported, $718.

1,880) Jeremy Hamey, Juneau, $630.

1,987) Kevin Collins, Anchorage, $601.

1,989) Ryan Cooper, Anchorage, $601.

2,083) Aaron Scott, Anchorage, $601.

2,088) Victor Smith, Anchorage, $601.

2,161) Teddy Blue, Anchorage, $601.

2,660) Marie Thirlwell, Kenai, $600.

Event 24, $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better (259 entries)

10)Sterling Lopez, Anchorage, $34,847.

Event 28, $1,500 Freezeout No-Limit (2,317 entries)

83) Mario Fata, Juneau, $5,018.

Event 30, $600 Mixed No-Limit/Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstrack (3,351 entries)

278) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $1,262.

Event 33, $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack (2,402 entries)

282) Taylor Bickford, Anchorage, $1,200.

Event 36, $800 No-Limit Deepstack (4,278 entries)

4) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $125,074.

Event 38, $1,500 MONSTER STACK No-Limit (8,704 entries)

584) Rylan Whilden, Anchorage, $3,998.

748) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $3,384.

Event 41, $1,500 Mixed No-Limit/PLO Double Bomb Pot (1,312 entries)

99) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $3,530.

Event 43, $1,500 Mixed PLO Hi-Lo 8; Omaha Hi-Lo 8, Big 0 (853 entries)

96) Taylor Bickford, Anchorage, $3,021.

Event 46, $1,000 Seniors No-Limit (50+) (7,954 entries)

74) Charles Bailey, Fairbanks, $9,057.

779) Michael Tse, Fairbanks, $2,100

883) Michael Kinney, Big Lake, $2,000.

984) Rick Townsend, Wasilla, $2,000.

1,128) Larry Imm, Anchorage, $2,000.

Event 48, $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (8-Handed) (2,212 entries)

47) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $6,309.

124) Jeremiah Keeney, Fairbanks, $2,696.

Event 51, $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty No-Limit Freezeout (2,110 entries)

303) Jeremy Hamey, Juneau, $1,879.

Event 52, $5,000 No-Limit (6-Handed) (817 entries)

102) Philip Robertson, Willow, $9,963.

Event 54, $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER No-Limit (10,939 entries)

783) Mario Fata, Juneau, $3,560.

800) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $3,560.

1,219) Jeffrey Leonard, Anchorage, $3,000.

1,526) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $3,000.

Event 59, $1,000 SUPER SENIORS No-Limit (3,362 entries)

58) Kim Everett, Anchorage, $6,681.

446) Wayne McGregor, Wasilla, $2,001.

Event 60, $3,000 No-Limit (1,773 entries)

245) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $6,020.

253) Jeffrey Leonard, Anchorage, $6,020.

Event 61, $2,500 Mixed Omaha Hi-Lo 8, 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 (507 entries)

14) Troy Murdough, Girdwood, $10,208.

Event 62, $600 PokerNews Deepstack Championship No-Limit (5,110 entries)

243) Jeremy Hamey, Juneau, $1,743.

342) James Hickerson, Unalakleet, $1,584.

516) Richard Muhlenbruch, Anchorage, $1,201.

Online Event 10, $600 No-Limit Monsterstack (1,761 entries)

182) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $1,250.

Online Event 11, $500 No-Limit Mystery Bounty (3,462 entries)

147) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $1,164.

165) Mario Fata, Juneau, $1,164.

Online Event 12, $888 No-Limit Crazy 8’s (1,366 entries)

86) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $2,295.

92) Mario Fata, Juneau, $2,295.

Event 64, $600 No-Limit Deepstack (5,263 entries)

239) Earling Walli, Juneau, $1,994.

276) Pamela Knudsen, Nikiski, $1,749.

614) David Swenor, Anchorage, $1,200.

Online Event 13, $1,000 No-Limit Freezeout (824 entries)

122) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $1,854.

Event 67, $500 SALUTE TO WARRIORS No-Limit (4,517 entries)

156) James Hickerson, Unalakleet, $1,613.

Event 70, $400 COLOSSUS No-Limit (10,143 entries)

958) Sean Greendugh, Anchorage, $1,140.

Event 75 — $1,000 TAG TEAM No-Limit (1,437 entries)

89) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $1,265.

183) McCoy Bradley, Anchorage, and Wayne McGregor, Wasilla, $1,002 each.

Event 78, $1,000 Mini Main Event (6,076 entries)

726) Adam Hendrix, Anchorage, $2,002.

Event 80, $800 Independence Day Celebration No-Limit (4,263 entries)

91) Charles Lawson, Anchorage, $4,780.

376) Wayne McGregor, Wasilla, $1,602.

Online Event 15, $500 No-Limit Deepstack (2,435 entries)

95) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $1,753.

Online Event 16, $777 No-Limit Lucky 7’s (1,694 entries)

123) Jacob Thibodeau, Juneau, $2.016.

Story made possible by:

Family of Sponsors

Advanced Diagnostics, INC | Alaska Airlines | Alaska Oil and Gas Association | Alliance for Support of American Legion Baseball in Alaska | Joe Alston | Arctic Slope Regional Corporation | Aspen Endodontics | Glen Bailey | Kathie Bethard | Black-Smith, Bethard & Carlson, LLC. | BOSCO's | Don Clary & Judy Besh | Zareena and Allen Clendaniel | Continental Auto Group | Joey Caterinichio & Ja Dorris | The Conway Family | Donley Family | Jim & Michelle Hajdukovich | Foley & Pearson | JL Properties | Mark and Jamie Johnson | Kristopher Knauss | Loren Kroon | Dr. Justin Libby, DDS | Jason & Shannon Metrokin | Amy and Jason Miller | Multisport Training of Alaska/Lisa Keller | Rick Mystrom | Kathleen Navarre | Seth Wickersham & Alison Overholt | Dave and DeAnne Rand | R&M Consultants, Inc. | RE/MAX Dynamic Properties Kevin Taylor | Replacement Glass | Residential Mortgage | RSA Engineering- Sarah & A.J. Schirack | Tony and Carla Slaton Barker | Sportclips Haircuts | Alice & Gunnar Knapp | Peter Pounds | Dan Rufner | Harlow Robinson | Pete Robinson | Moria Smith | Taylored Restoration | In memory of Drs. John & Elizabeth Tower | Team Heat | Todd Whited | UAA Seawolves | Don Winchester

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Alaska Airlines | Nicole Johnston | Richard Mize | Advanced Diagnostics, INC | Aktive Soles | Alaska Oil and Gas Association | Aspen Endodontics | Black-Smith, Bethard & Carlson, LLC. | BOSCO's | Coho Financial Group | Continental Auto Group | Don Clary & Judy Besh | Glen Bailey | Invisalign-Ben Ward | JL Properties | Joey Caterinichio & Ja Dorris| Kathleen Navarre | Midas Alaska | Moose's Tooth, Bear Tooth and Broken Tooth Brewing | Perkins Coie - Sarah & A.J. Schirack | R&M Consultants, Inc. | RE/MAX Dynamic Properties Kevin Taylor | Residential Mortgage | Seth Wickersham & Alison Overholt | Taylored Restoration | Korndrop Family Foundation | Arctic Slope Regional Corporation | Replacement Glass | Zareena and Allen Clendaniel | Foley & Pearson | UAA Seawolves | Tony and Carla Slaton Barker | Sportclips Haircuts | Alliance for Support of American Legion Baseball in Alaska | Alice & Gunnar Knapp | Amy and Jason Miller | Burgerfi | Charles Fedullo | Dan Rufner | Darren Lieb | Don Winchester | Donley Family | Dr. Justin Libby, DDS | Firetap | Harlow Robinson | Jason & Shannon Metrokin | Jim & Michelle Hajdukovich | Joe Alston | Kathie Bethard | Krispy Kreme | Kristopher Knauss | Loren Kroon | Mark and Jamie Johnson | Mark Silverman | On the Border | Pete Robinson | Rick Mystrom | Team Heat | Team Moriarty | The Conway Family | Todd Whited | Moria Smith | In memory of Drs. John & Elizabeth Tower | Peter Pounds | Multisport Training of Alaska/Lisa Keller | RSA Engineering

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