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Day 8 Live Updates

10/30/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Tuesday We Crown a World Champ

Greg Merson
Greg Merson is the chip leader heading into three-handed play to

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
65,980,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
10/30/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Russell Thomas Busts in 4th ($2,851,537)

Russell Thomas
Russell Thomas's exit paves the way for three-handed play.

Hot on the heels of Jeremy Ausmus's exit is Russell Thomas, busted in fourth place in a big preflop all-in confrontation with youngster Jake Balsiger.

Thomas's final hand started with Thomas opening to 1.5 million from the small blind and Balsiger moving all-in from the big. Balsiger had his opponent covered by a wide margin and after a bit of time in the tank Thomas called off for his remaining 15 million.

Balsiger turned his hand over with authority, tabling A K which had Thomas's A 9 in rough shape.

The board ran Q 8 5 5 7 and despite picking up a few extra chop outs on the turn, Thomas was unable to suck out and was summarily dismissed.

Russell Thomas takes home $2,851,537 while Balsiger carries a healthier stack into three-handed play tomorrow.

Average Stack
65,980,000
Players Left
3
Tables Left
1
10/30/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Jeremy Ausmus Finishes 5th ($2,155,313)

Jeremy Ausmus
Family man Jeremy Ausmus earns $2.1 million for fifth place.

We’re down to four players at the 2012 Main Event final table, thanks to the recent exit of Jeremy Ausmus in fifth place.

Ausmus came into this finale dead last in chips but managed to outlast four of his final-table opponents. That accomplishment translates into $2,155,313 in real money, almost $1.5 million more than if he had finished ninth.

Ausmus got his final hand started with a raise to 1.2 million from the button, getting a call from Jesse Sylvia in the big blind and seeing the flop roll out 9 8 3.

Both players checked and the 3 hit the turn.

Sylvia checked, Ausmus fired 1.5 million and Sylvia check-raised to 3.6 million. Ausmus announced all-in and Sylvia called instantly.

Ausmus: T 7

Sylvia: A 9

Ausmus needed a six, a ten or a jack but the river peeled off the 5 and that was all she wrote for Jeremy Ausmus.

With that elimination Jesse Sylvia’s stack jumps to 63 million.

Updated Chip Counts

Greg Merson – 88,050,000
Jesse Sylvia – 63,050,000
Jake Balsiger – 31,350,000
Russell Thomas – 15,525,000

Average Stack
49,485,000
Players Left
4
Tables Left
1
10/29/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Merson Stuns Koroknai in Sixth ($1,640,902)

Andras Koroknai
What just happened?

We just saw one of the biggest blow-ups in the history of the WSOP Main Event final table.

In our last update we told you Andras Koroknai and Greg Merson had been trading blows back and forth but we never dreamt it would escalate to this degree.

In what may end up being the decisive hand of the final table Greg Merson opened for one million from the button.

Jesse Sylvia raised to 2.6 million from the small blind but Koroknai re-raised to 5.3 million from the big blind.

Merson wasn’t going anywhere, however, and he made a dramatic five-bet to 9.2 million.

Amazingly Koroknai announced he was all-in and it didn’t take long for Merson to call to create a truly massive pot worth more than 80 million.

Things got really interesting when the players revealed their hands:

Merson: A K

Koroknai: K Q

King-Queen is not what you want to have in that situation.

The board ran out 2 3 T 7 7 and that was enough to send Koroknai packing in an absolute stunner of a hand. Koroknai receives $1.6 million for coming in sixth place.

Meanwhile Merson now has 86.6 million and is the runaway chip leader. This may be the hand that decides the tournament and eventually makes Merson $8.5 million richer.

Here’s how the chip stacks look after that barn-burner of a hand:

1. Greg Merson – 86,600,000
2. Jesse Sylvia – 51,025,000
3. Russell Thomas – 22,900,000
4. Jeremy Ausmus – 19,325,000
5. Jake Balsiger – 18,125,000
6. Andras Koroknai – 0
7. Michael Esposito – 0
8. Robert Salaburu – 0
9. Steven Gee – 0

Average Stack
$39,588,000
Players Left
5
Tables Left
1
10/29/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Action Slows, Koroknai Clashes with Merson

Andras Koroknai
The Hungarian He-Man.

It’s pretty obvious the remaining six players really want to make it into the final three tomorrow. As such action has slowed to a crawl with very few flops seen over the last 30 minutes of play.

One of the biggest hands saw Greg Merson open for one million and Koroknai raise to 2.7 million.

Merson thought for a minute but eventually decided to call to see a flop of J J 8.

Koroknai bet 3.5 million and Merson made the call. The turn came 2 and this time Koroknai fired 5.6 million into the pot.

That was enough to finally prompt a fold from Merson.

Merson and Koroknai are starting to develop a bit of history with each other. About 20 minutes before that hand Koroknai opened a pot for 1.1 million, Merson 3-Bet to 3.4 million and Koroknai made a huge 4-Bet, which was enough to take it down.

Here’s a look at the most recent chip counts:

1. Jesse Sylvia – 54,375,000
2. Andras Koroknai – 41,400,000
3. Greg Merson – 40,450,000
4. Russell Thomas – 27,850,000
5. Jake Balsiger – 18,825,000
6. Jeremy Ausmus – 15,075,000
7. Michael Esposito – 0
8. Robert Salaburu – 0
9. Steven Gee – 0

Average Stack
$32,990,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
10/29/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Sylvia Strikes Back

Greg Merson
Gerg Merson and Jesse Sylvia

Greg Merson finally dethroned Jesse Sylvia for the chip lead in our last update but Sylvia has come storming back and after winning several consecutive pots is up to 53 million.

The most recent hand saw Merson open for one million but Sylvia 3-bet to 2.6 million. Andras Koroknai was in the big blind, however, and he decided to re-pop it up to 4.8 million.

Merson got out of the way but Sylvia re-raised and that was enough to chase Koroknai from the hand.

Here’s a look at the chip counts after Sylvia’s most recent hot run:

1. Jesse Sylvia – 53,325,000
2. Greg Merson – 43,950,000
3. Russell Thomas – 35,350,000
4. Andras Koroknai – 32,750,000
5. Jeremy Ausmus – 16,175,000
6. Jake Balsiger – 15,925,000
7. Michael Esposito – 0
8. Robert Salaburu – 0
9. Steven Gee – 0

Average Stack
$32,990,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
10/29/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Merson Finishes Esposito in 7th ($1,258,040)

Michael Esposito
Espo is No-Mo.

Amateur poker player Michael Esposito has been ousted from the final table by experienced poker pro Greg Merson.

The short-stacked Esposito shoved three hands in a row before finally being called down by Merson.

Merson opened for one million and Esposito opted to move all-in for 10 million. Merson called almost immediately and both players tabled their hands:

Merson: A K

Esposito: A J

The board offered no escape for Esposito as it ran out 9 7 4 6 8, which gave Merson’s big slick the checkmark. Esposito earns $1,258,040 for coming in seventh place.

Meanwhile Merson moved into the chip lead for the first time of the evening with 44.2 million.

Chip Counts

Here are the latest chip counts:

1. Greg Merson – 44,200,000
2. Jesse Sylvia – 42,775,000
3. Russell Thomas – 41,775,000
4. Andras Koroknai – 33,800
5. Jake Balsiger – 20,150,00
6. Jeremy Ausmus – 14,775,000
7. Michael Esposito – 0
8. Robert Salaburu – 0
9. Steven Gee – 0

Average Stack
$32,990,000
Players Left
6
Tables Left
1
10/29/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Koroknai Wins 20 Million Pot Before Break

Andras Koroknai
Andras Koroknai takes a bite of Jesse Sylvia's big stack.

Hungarian Andras Koroknai just took a big step towards his goal of snatching this year’s world championship from the six Americans left at this final table, and it came at the expense of chip leader Jesse Sylvia.

What turned into a massive 20m+ pot started with a raise from Sylvia on the button to 900k, and a three-bet from Koroknai in the big blind to 2.3 million.

The flop came A 6 4 and Koroknai, first to act, fired 2.5 million.

Sylvia made the call and they both checked the 4 on the turn. The 9 landed on the river and Koroknai slowly checked.

Sylvia took his time before betting 5.2 million and Korkonai made a relatively quick call.

Koroknai: A 7

Sylvia: 7 8

Sylvia had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar and it cost him. He’s now down to 45 million and change while Koroknai’s count jumps to 32,350,000.

Blinds are now 250,000/500,000 with a 50,000 ante.

Average Stack
28,277,143
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
10/29/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Sylvia Slashes Salaburu in 8th ($971,360)

Robert Salaburu
Robert Salaburu

The rail has claimed another player as Robert Salaburu couldn’t get by a rampaging Jesse Sylvia.

Sylvia moved all-in from the small blind against a short-stack Salaburu in the big blind. Salaburu decided to call with 7 7. Sylvia showed a modest Q 5.

With 16 million in the pot the leader threw down a A A 4 flop.

That didn’t offer a lot of help for Sylvia but he did pick up a backdoor straight draw. The turn came 5 and that put him one card closer to the straight.

Sylvia didn’t hit a straight on the river… instead it was the Q gave him the winning hand. A downcast Salaburu headed for the exit. He will receive a $971,360 for coming in eighth place.

'Awesome' Ausmus Getting Busy

Jeremy Ausmus came into this final table dead last in chips but thanks to a bit of well-timed aggression, or perhaps a run of good hands, he now finds himself in sixth position.

Ausmus got things started with a three-bet all-in that got through and followed it up with a medium-sized pot won from chip leader Jesse Sylvia.

The hand began with Ausmus making it 800k from under the gun plus one, and Jesse Sylvia calling from the hijack.

The flop came down T 5 3 and Ausmus, first to act, bet one million flat. Sylvia made the call and the K hit the turn.

Ausmus took a bit longer this time but ultimately bet again, this time 2.4 million. It was enough to force Sylvia out of the pot, increasing Ausmus’s stack to 15,175,000.

Chip Counts

Here are the latest chip counts:

1. Jesse Sylvia – 55,150,000

2. Russell Thomas – 41,825,000

3. Greg Merson – 33,425,000

4. Jake Balsiger – 24,275,000

5. Andras Koroknai – 22,300,000

6. Jeremy Ausmus – 15,375,000

7. Michael Esposito – 5,625,000

8. Robert Salaburu – 0

9. Steven Gee – 0

Average Stack
$28,277,143
Players Left
7
Tables Left
1
10/29/2012 (2 years ago)

2012 Main Event: Balsiger Doubles through Salaburu

Jacob Balsiger
Jake Balsiger has a chance to become the youngest world champion

The pace is picking up at this final table as Jake Balsiger just pulled off a big double-up, getting it in good against Robert Salaburu and making it hold up.

Balsiger opened the action to 800k and Salaburu 3-bet to 2.8 million straight.

Balsiger paused for a moment before announcing all-in for roughly 10 million total. Salaburu thought for a few moments before calling and tabling pocket queens.

Balsiger had pocket kings and they stayed good through the A 9 7 T 2 board.

Salaburu gets knocked down to just under 10 million while Balsiger is bumped to over 22 million.

Average Stack
24,742,500
Players Left
8
Tables Left
1
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Event Information

Event Name
Event 61 - $10,000 Main Event
Venue
Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date
2012-07-07
Final Day
2012-07-16
Buy In
$10,000
Entrants
6598
Prize Pool
$62,021,200
First Prize
$8,527,982

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Gregory Merson $8,531,853
2 Jesse Sylvia $5,295,149
3 Jacob Balsiger $3,797,558
4 Russell Thomas $2,851,537
5 Jeremy Ausmus $2,155,313

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