Merson wins World Series of Poker Championship

Greg Merson of Laurel, Md., 24, is the 2012 champion of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event, earning $8,531,853.

Merson was crowned after almost 12 hours of play Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning at Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater.

The victory came at 5:35 a.m. today after 16 hands of heads-up play between Merson and Jesse Sylvia, who splits his time between Las Vegas and Martha’s Vineyard. Sylvia earned $5,295,249.

Merson, who entered play Tuesday as the chip leader, won with a king-high. He entered heads-up action with a significant chip lead.

It took almost 11 hours and some 250 hands of three-handed no limit hold’em poker, to eliminate the third place finisher. Jake Balsiger of Tempe, Ariz. earned $3,799,073. The bust out took place at 4:45 a.m.

The 2012 $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em World Championship, began in July with a total of 6,598 entrants. The event's total prize pool was $62,031,385, with more than $27 million going to the final nine players. A total of 666 entrants cashed in the event.



Comment section guidelines

The below comment section contains thoughts and opinions from users that in no way represent the views of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. This public platform is intended to provide a forum for users of to share ideas, express thoughtful opinions and carry the conversation beyond the article. Users must follow the guidelines under our Commenting Policy and are encouraged to use the moderation tools to help maintain civility and keep discussions on topic.

View Comments