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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