Leechburg Area grad wins $206,396 in World Series of Poker

| Saturday, July 17, 2010

A 28-year-old former Leechburg resident finished in 43rd place Friday night at the 2010 Main Event World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, winning a cash prize of $206,395.

That's the biggest career collection by Matthew Berkey, a 2000 graduate of Leechburg Area High School now living in Nevada.

Berkey was as high as 12th place during Friday's action at Harrah's Casino. His chip stack was crippled when he lost to Jonathan Duhamel, who had a full house of eights over sixes, while Berkey had triple sixes in the Texas Hold 'Em tournament. The pot was worth $7.98 million in chips and left Berkey with only $95,000 in chips. He lost the remainder soon afterward.

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