Greg Merson held strong throughout the year, and at the end of the day that strength proved to be too much for the field of 6,958 players who had their hopes shattered during this year’s games. None, of course, more so than the Final Nine, the Octo Nine, the beasts that ruled the tables throughout the summer and showed up back at the Rio for the Final Table; only to be so close yet so far away when one by one they fell . . . until there were only two left: Greg Merson and Jesse James Sylvia.
In the final hand, Merson went all in with 69 million+ in poker chips holding a Kd-5d and Sylvia called with a Qs-Js before the flop. The tension was palpable. After what seemed like a lifetime, the flop, the turn and the river were all blank, which gave Greg Merson the 2012 WSOP Championship title, the coveted gold and platinum bracelet encrusted with diamonds and 8.5+ million dollars.
Added to all that the fact that this was his second gold bracelet for the year, plus he won the “Player of the Year” honor by edging out Phil Hellmuth. What an amazing year for a true gentleman of the game of poker! Congratulations, Mr. Merson. Click here to leave us your comments!
There are only 3 players left at the final table of the 2012 WSOP Championship battle. Short stack Jake Balsiger followed by Jesse Sylvia and chip leader Greg Merson outlasted everybody else last night and are now ready to go for it all tonight. If Balsiger pushes through and takes the title he will become the youngest Main Event Champ in WSOP history. Greg Merson is not just playing for the 2012 title, the money and the bracelet but also for the honor of being named “2012 WSOP Player of the Year”. And, winning the $8.5 mil will go a long ways in supporting Jesse James Sylvia’s entrepreneurial dreams of getting into the movie making business in Los Angeles.
Their seating positions are as follows: Seat 1 — Jake Balsiger with 46,375,000 in chips – Seat 2 — Greg Merson with 88,350,000 in chips – Seat 3 — Jesse Sylvia with 62,750,000 in chips.
We wish them all the best of luck and we can’t wait to see who ends up with all the poker chips, the 2012 WSOP Championship Title and the coveted bracelet.
The Octo Nine are ready to go for it all at the final table of the 2012 WSOP starting today, October 29 at 4:30 pst at the Penn and Teller Theatre in the Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jesse Sylvia, coming into the Octo Nine as the chip leader, is sure to cause some waves of excitement. He has a commanding chip lead at 43,875,000. That is 14 million+ chips more than the second chip leader, Andras Koroknai, with 29,375,000, which of course, is way more than last place chip holder, Jeremy Ausmus, with only 9,805,000. However, as the song goes, “You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealing’s done;” we know that very well from personal experience. Things can turn very quickly at any Texas Holdem poker table and chip leaders have been known to go all in at the wrong time and give up the chip advantage in the blink of an eye.
So tonight is the night of our party celebrating the release of our song and music video “I May Be Bluffin'” and it’s expected to be an incredibly hot night in Bryan/College Station, Texas . . . despite the fact that the weather has finally turned and delivered a cold front. But when you have BoJest seducing the crowd with her “Kissing It On”, Randy Pavlock and Twenty Four Seven turning up the heat with their new hits, “Street Walking” and “I May Be Bluffin'” and finally, Tracii Guns’ League of Gentlemen laying down “Back Side of the Moon”, you are sure to sweat the night out at the Grand Stafford Theater.
We co-wrote the song “I May Be Bluffin'” with Randy Pavlock as a theme for the Texas Poker Store, but we now realize that it’s much more than just a song about pushing your poker chips all in. We hope you, too will pick up on the song’s double entendre as well as the bluesy-country down-home rhythm of the music.