Greg Merson Wins 2012 Main Event for $8,531,853
Greg Merson was widely-considered to be the best player at the final table of the 2012 WSOP Main Event and he certainly played like it today.
Merson showed an incredible amount of poise surviving over 11 hours of three-handed play with Jesse Sylvia and Jake Balsiger.
It was a roller-coaster affair that saw Merson, Sylvia and Balsiger all take turns as the chip leader. It was also the longest Main Event final table ever held in Las Vegas coming in at 399 hands.
Despite the chips being swapped back and forth it always seemed to be Merson’s tournament to lose as every time he fell behind in chips he would grind his way back to the top.
It seemed the final three players were simply too deep for anyone but Merson to walk out on top.
Merson overcame getting unlucky in a couple spots to finally bust Balsiger in third place with king-queen over queen-ten.
Heads-up took far less time as Merson steam-rolled Sylvia in 17 hands. Merson won the final hand with K♦ 5♦ over Sylvia’s Q♠ J♠.
Merson is the new world champion and $8.5 million richer. Amazingly it was his second WSOP bracelet of the summer and he also passed Phil Hellmuth to win WSOP Player of the Year.
Congratulations to Merson for his fantastic performance here at the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table.
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