24-year-old Greg Merson had already locked in an amazing 2012 WSOP before the Main Event even began.
Merson his first bracelet and took down an eye-popping $1,136,197 for his victory in Event 57, $10,000 NLHE Six Handed.
But the young pro from Maryland had another ace up his sleeve, not just playing his way to his second Main Event cash (he finished 639th in 2009 for $21,365) but finding a spot in the final nine players.
Even more amazing, it seemed Merson was done back on Day 5 with about 150 players remaining; he lost a big pot versus FabrizioGonzalez and was left with just a few big blinds in front of him.
Merson found a double, and another, and another, and clawed his way back to a stack with at least a tiny bit of fold equity. Slowly but surely he ground his way back into contention.
Merson’s story is a pretty familiar one in poker circles, as he found himself spending more time playing online poker than going to classes at the University of Maryland, eventually dropping out to play full time.
He spun his wheels a bit but found his stride quickly, crushing online games and then finding success on the live circuit as soon as he was old enough to play in US casinos.
A casualty of the online poker ban in the US, he bought a home in Toronto and still continues to ply his trade online.
Despite his success in live events he still considers himself primarily an online grinder; we’ll see if his Main Event success changes that and if he spends more time at live events in the future.
Online Handle: gregy20723
Home town: Laurel, Maryland
Current Residence: Toronto, Canada
Greg Merson will enter the 2012 Main Event final table third in chips with 28,725,000.
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