Such are the spoils for Greg "@Gregy20723" Merson as anyone and everyone in the world of poker fires off their congrats to the deserving winner of the 2012 WSOP Main Event.
From Daniel Negreanu to past champs Pius Heinz and Jonathan Duhamel to celebrity pal Michael Phelps, the kudos are unanimous in their effusive praise: Great guy, great player, great win.
Even Phil Hellmuth, the man who Merson overtook for 2012 WSOP Player of the Year with the win, gave him his due.
For many Merson was the favorite going in but it still took 399 hands, 11 hours three-handed and a short-but-intense heads-up match with Jesse "@Jesse_Sylvia888" Sylvia to separate him completely from the pack.
But now that he's the champ, to Gregy go the tweets. Check our full recap story here.
It's over? Congrats to Greg Merson WSOP Champion AND Player of the Year WOW! Well deserved he clearly played the best. Hard to argue!— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 31, 2012
Really happy for Greg. Spent some time with him in Toronto and he is an absolutely great kid. Good for you Greggy!— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 31, 2012
Congratulations to @gregy20723, the newly minted World Champion of Poker and 2012 Player of the Year!Greg, you played great poker.— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) October 31, 2012
So many congrats to @gregy20723. He played amazing and absolutely deserved this. What a great main event champion!— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) October 31, 2012
Greg Merson is the 2012 World Champion of Poker, well done buddy!!!! Also congratulations to Jesse Sylvia for finishing runner up!!! #WSOP— Jonathan Duhamel (@JonathanDuhamel) October 31, 2012
Congrats to @gregy20723 well deserved. Congrats to @jesse_sylvia888 too. Both played great— Pius Heinz (@MastaP89) October 31, 2012
Weeeeee @gregy20723 !!!!— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) October 31, 2012
congrats to @gregy20723 epic final table— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) October 31, 2012
Congrats @gregy20723, long gone are the days of Jerry Yangs and Moneymakers winning the WSOP Main.The sickos have risen— Grayson Nichols (@the_dean221) October 31, 2012