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Merson Gets Double WSOP Win

Greg Merson won the 2012 WSOP Main EventGreg Merson won the 2012 WSOP Main Event

Not only did Greg Merson win the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event bracelet, he also bagged the WSOP Player of the Year title after triumphing in the three-handed final day against equally capable pros in Jesse Sylvia and Jacob Balsiger.

Last August the main event field started with 6,598 runners. After eight days of play, it was trimmed down to 9 players for the Final Table, which was played end of October.

For getting the most prized bracelet in poker Merson went home with $8,531,853, part of the 62-lus million prize pool given away in this year’s WSOP.

Aside from the cash winnings, Merson also edged out Phil Hellmuth for WSOP Player of the Year honors.

Merson finished with 981.13 WSOP POY points while Hellmuth settled for second place with 889.33 points.

In what was one of the most crucial parts of the final day of the WSOP Main Event, Merson busted out eventual third-placer Balsiger in the 382nd hand. Balsiger shoved over 20M from the small blind and Merson called from the big blind. Balsiger had Q 10 and was trailing Merson’s K Q. The board 6 6 6 J 5 did not help Balsiger and Merson went on to battle heads-up against Sylvia.

Merson put the pressure on in heads-up play and in the 399th hand the two were all-in with Sylvia at risk:

Merson: K 5

Syvlia: J Q

The flop 9 6 3 retained the lead for Merson, the 6 put Merson on the threshold of glory and  the river 7 confirmed his status as poker’s world champion.

2012 World Series of Poker – Final Table Payouts

1st - Greg Merson – $8,531,853

2nd - Jesse Sylvia – $5,295,149

3rd - Jake Balsiger – $3,799,073

4th - Russell Thomas – $2,851,537

5th - Jeremy Ausmus – $2,155,313

6th - Andras Koroknai – $1,640,902

7th - Michael Esposito – $1,258,040

8th - Robert Salaburu – $971,360

9th - Steve Gee – $754,798

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