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Self-proclaimed ‘best bettor in the world’ eliminated from Circa Survivor

Updated December 25, 2023 - 5:03 pm

The high-stakes gambler who refused to chop the $9.2 million Circa Survivor prize was eliminated from the contest Sunday.

Sean Perry of Las Vegas was one of six contestants to have the Broncos during Week 16a, leaving four entries remaining from the starting field of 9,267 to chase the richest football handicapping contest prize ever.

Denver, which closed as a 7-point favorite, lost at home to the New England Patriots 26-23 on Sunday when Chad Ryland kicked a 56-yard field goal with two seconds left.

Contestants in the Survivor pick one straight-up NFL winner each week and can select each team only once.

At the start of Week 15 in the Survivor, Perry’s “Goldenboy” entry was the lone holdout for a partial chop of the record pot, as 12 of the 13 remaining entries agreed to get $400,000 and continue to compete for the remaining $4 million.

The boastful Perry turned off many in the sports betting and poker communities when he claimed to be the best bettor in the world and wouldn’t split the prize because he believed he had an edge in the winner-take-all contest.

“With all respect, I’m the best bettor in the world. There’s no way I’m ever chopping. I wish you guys all the best. I’ll see you at the finish line,” Perry, 27, said last week.

In addition to his sports betting winnings, some of which he has documented on social media, Perry has almost $7 million in career live poker tournament earnings.

After being knocked out of the contest Sunday, Perry didn’t appear to regret his decision and wrote on X (@itsvegassean) that he still profited from his original $1 million deposit at Circa despite not winning the Survivor.

There are two weeks left in Survivor, which counted Christmas Day as a separate week. All four remaining entries sweated out a win Monday by the Eagles, who held off the Giants 33-25.

Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on X.

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