2012 Main Event: Tuesday We Crown a World Champ
Poker can be boring. Sometimes it’s nothing more than hours and hours of silent contemplation, punctuated only by the riffling of chips and the snap of cards.
The final table of the WSOP Main Event is anything but.
The atmosphere in the Penn and Teller Theater today was electric, and after just eight hours of action we’re left with the three players who will return tomorrow to play down to a champion.
Greg Merson is the chip leader, thanks in large part to one of the biggest meltdowns we’ve ever seen. Andras Koroknai was second in chips and five-bet shoved with K-Q, getting snapped off by Merson with A-K.
Jesse Sylvia, the start-of-day chip leader, dealt with the final-table pressure handily and didn’t waver for a moment on his way to the final three.
And Jake Balsiger, the 21-year-old college student from Arizona, managed to amass enough chips to give himself a real shot as they head down the home stretch tomorrow.
Each of the three players are guaranteed $3,799,073 but they all have their sights set on the $8.5 million waiting for first, not to mention the title of world champion and all the extras that come with it.
Play resumes at 5:45pm local Las Vegas time tomorrow and you can get all the action live right here on PokerListings.com.
In the meantime, click through to our end-of-day news story for a more comprehensive recap. It’ll be posted momentarily.
Final Three Chip Counts
Greg Merson – 88,350,000
Jesse Sylvia – 62,750,000
Jake Balsiger – 46,875,000
- Average Stack
- Players Left
- Tables Left