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Huge August Propels Leechburg, PA’s Matt Berkey Up State’s All-Time Money List


A huge August propelled Leechburg, Pennsylvania native Matt Berkey up to seventh on the state’s all-time tournament poker money leader’s list.

Berkey earned just shy of half a million dollars in August. As a result, he leapfrogged Michael Martin and Russell Thomas to move from ninth to seventh on Pennsylvania poker’s all-time money list.

Wallingford, PA’s Thomas finished fourth in the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event for $2.8 million. Martin, who hails from Washington Cross, PA, won the European Poker Tour London Main Event in 2008 for $1.8 million.

However, Martin stepped away from the major live tournament scene in 2010.

Matt Berkey now over $3.7 million

Berkey’s $491,618 haul in August 2017 pushed his total live tournament earning’s up to $3,760,545. Berkey is still close to $1 million behind Altoona, PA native Dan Ott on the list. The majority of Ott’s $4.7 million in tournament earnings came from his runner-up finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event in July.

North Wales, PA native and 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joseph McKeehen tops Pennsylvania poker’s all-time money list. He has $13,862,958 total live earnings. Bryn Mawr, PA, poker pro Jake Schindler sits second with $13,063,062.

There are three other players sitting between Berkey and the leaders. They include hedge fund manager and part-time high roller Dan Shak, veteran player John Hennigan, and Poker Night in America producer Matt Glantz. Each has above $6 million in total live tournament earnings.

Berkey’s blog and documentary series

Berkey is primarily a high-stakes cash game pro who rose to prominence in the live tournament scene making three final table appearances at the 2013 WSOP. He gained even more notoriety publishing a blog chronicling his rise from the son of a drug addict to college baseball player and success as a high-stakes poker pro.

In addition to his live tournament earnings, Berkey has close to $1 million in online poker tournament cashes. He played under the screen name Berkey11 at online poker rooms including PokerStars and Full Tilt.

Berkey finished fifth for $1.1 million in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl in 2016. His preparation and run in the tournament was chronicled in the PokerGo documentary series Dead Money: A Super High Roller Bowl Story.

Poker After Dark

Berkey’s August 2017 exploits included a third-place finish in the $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship in Hollywood, FL for $341,618.

Plus, he emerged victorious from a winner take all $25,000 Poker After Dark sit and go in Las Vegas, NV. For his efforts, he pocketed $150,000. The Poker After Dark event also aired live on the upstart poker content subscription site PokerGo.

Poker After Dark on PokerGo is the revival of a late-night NBC poker show. The show aired from from January 2007 to September 2011.