Jake Balsiger: 2012 WSOP October Nine

Jacob Balsiger
Jacob Balsiger is a student at Arizona State University.

At just 21 years old Jake Balsiger is the youngest player at the final table, and with 13,115,000 he’s sitting in seventh place going into the finale.

Balsiger is a junior at Arizona State University and since he just turned 21, this is his first ever World Series of Poker.

He told PokerListings.com in an interview before making the final table that he didn’t consider himself to be very good at poker until this year, when he’s begun taking the game more seriously.

He also said that the majority of his time at college is spent playing and thinking about poker.

Balsiger studies Political Science but it seems his time studying poker is proving more lucrative. He’s already guaranteed over three quarters of a million dollars, and could walk away with $8.5 million and the title of world champion.

Notable Quote from Jacob Balsiger

“When I started out in the Main Event I figured I would play until I busted but I just kept getting more chips and people just kept folding to me, which was nice.”

Name: Jacob Balsiger

Age: 21

Hometown: Tempe, Arizona

Occupation: Student at Arizona State University

Jacob Balsiger is eighth in chips with 13,115,000.

To see how he got to the final table, and to follow the action in October, check out our WSOP Main Event Live Updates.

Read More WSOP 2012 October Nine Player Bios and Videos

We've got profiles of each and every October Niner, along with video interviews. Use the links below to get to know the guys who have a shot at this year's world championship.


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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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Adam L. 2012-12-09 15:21:13

What's his sister's name?

PokerListings.com 2012-07-27 09:23:52

@Todd

Many thanks for the correction.

Todd 2012-07-27 00:50:24

Hi derp!

Correct this one. He is 8th on chips