By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Montgomery County man has hit it big in Las Vegas, taking home the top prize at the World Series of Poker.

Joe McKeehen cashed out with $7.7 million. The 24-year-old North Wales native took home the top prize at the tournament finale in Las Vegas Tuesday night. McKeehen, sporting a black Allen Iverson Sixers jersey, raised his arms after the final hand, hugged his loved ones and held up the championship belt designed bracelet.

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Series spokesman Seth Palanski said McKeehen had the chip lead from beginning to end and it wasn’t all luck.

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“He studied mathematics in college,” Palanski said, “and he put that to great work figuring the math and the odds in poker, and really put on a dominating performance.”

McKeehen, a graduate of Arcardia University, topped the runner-up, another Philadelphia-area native, Joshua Becklely of Marlton, New Jersey. His previous career high performance was $800,000 last year. For his career, McKeehen has netted over $11 million.

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