Greg Merson: ‘I Was Asked Not to Talk About Macau’

Greg Merson
Greg Merson

The secret of the great games in Macau is out, thanks in part to reigning WSOP champ Greg Merson.

Merson recently played in some high-stakes games in Macau and decided to write about his experiences in a blog post on his personal site.

“Get to China people,” wrote Merson. “Get some gold.”

Merson, while on break from the WSOP APAC $1,100 Accumulator event, elaborated on his post in an interview with PokerListings.

“It’s all hush, hush, fraternity bullshit,” said Merson. “I don’t like a lot of the ways things are done in live poker and the networking that goes into it. I had people asking me not to Tweet about the games in Macau.”

Merson went on to say that he wouldn’t be where was today without the 2+2 Poker Forum generation. He had people who took him under his wing and he also helped out players at various stages of his career.

“I feel like it should be equal opportunity because it’s a public casino,” he said. “It’s not like private games or anything.”

Merson Not Worried About Fallout from Macau Comments

Greg Merson
Greg Merson at the 2013 WSOP APAC
 

The reigning world champ also took a shot at predatory poker pros who target high-stakes whales by pretending to be their friends.

“You want to be accommodating to the weaker players but people cross the line I think,” he said. 

“I’ve seen guys who are really wealthy have their lives ruined because they just get sucked into this lifestyle where the pros are friendly with them but then just constantly [stack] them whenever they play poker."

When asked if he was worried about catching flack from his comments, Merson scoffed.

“Nah, I don’t care,” he said.

“The big StarWorld game is private. Whether they let me play there or not, I don’t really care. I don’t need to play that game to survive, even before the Main Event.”

The bottom-line for Merson is that games in Macau are good and the time to go is now.

“It’s all that it’s hyped up to be, although there is some downtime where the games aren’t incredible,” he said. “They are still worth it though.”

Merson said that he played some of the biggest cash games of his career while he was in Macau and sat with over $400k at one point.

“The most I’d sat with before the Main Event was like $100,000,” he said. “It’s cool to get to the next level. Being all-in for $200k on the river is awesome.”

Merson ended his Macau trip with a small profit and plans on returning to the poker hotbed in May before he defends his Main Event title at the WSOP in Las Vegas.

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About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and snapping photos.

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