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Meet The 2012 WSOP October Nine (Part 1)

Tags: 2012 wsop, andras korknai, final table, greg merson, jesse sylvia, october nine, russel thomas.
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 by "T".

The 2012 WSOP Main Event attracted 6,598 players and became the fifth-largest Main Event in history. Nearly 2 weeks and more than half a million hands after that the $10,000 buy-in event kicked off, only 9 players remain with the chance of winning the gold coveted bracelet that comes along with the $8.5 million first prize! Here you can read about 4 of the finalists (ranked according to stack size). 

Jesse Sylvia (43.87 million)
Jesse Sylvia, 26, had cashed just 1 time at the World Series of Poker ($1,500 6-Max NLH in 2011 for $2,954) before making it to the 2012 Main Event final table, where he's guaranteed at least $754,798! Sylvia is a full-time live cash game player and a member of 888poker. He's originally from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, but now resides in Las Vegas and plays between 40-60 hours of poker every week.

Andras Koroknai (29.37 million)
Andras Koroknai is 30-year-old professional poker player from Debrecen, Hungary. Koroknai is best known for his victory at the 2010 World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic for just over $1.7 million. He has 2 WSOP cashes under his belt including a 339th place in the 2010 Main Event for $36,463. Koroknai will bring the second largest stack to the October Nine final table, and he's the only non-U.S. player on the final table. In fact, he's the first Hungarian player in WSOP history to make a Main Event final table.

Gregory Merson (28.72 million)
Greg Merson, 24, has been called the 2012 version of Ben Lamb thanks to his fantastic achievements at the 43rd Annual World Series of Poker. He entered a total of 7 events and cashed in four of them, including his win of Event #57 ($10k NLH Six-Handed) for amazing $1,136,197! He needs to finish 7th or better on the October Nine final table to beat that cash. But he probably won't cry out loud if he finishes 9th ($754k) or 8th ($971,252) either.

Russel Thomas (24.80 million)
Russel Thomas is 24-year-old actuary by trade from Hartford, Conn. He finished 248th in the 2011 Main Event and also reached a final table at the 2010 WSOP. Thomas admitted in an interview that he hasn't played much since Black Friday and that his main focus always has been on playing cash-games. However, he said that he will be working very hard on his tournament game until it's time for the big final table.

Check back tomorrow for some brief information about the other 5 players.


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7 comments for "Meet The 2012 WSOP October Nine (Part 1)"

 Fakiry7/19/2012 12:18:19 PM GMT
Jesse Sylvia is undoubtly very well classified in the chip rank and that turns him into one of the favourites to win the $8.5M. Knowing that a single hand can decide the future of the game will always be in the mind of these other three, Andras Koroknai, Gregory Merson and Russel Thomas, that will have to show their skills to reach the highest possible in the prizes. I don’t believe that, at this point, there will be many atempts to bluff, but still, if there’s anyone who can do it write, he can risk to climb this way.
 noonlion7/19/2012 12:39:18 PM GMT
The Sylvia and Koroknai guys have plenty experience.

I hope the Hungarian takes it down for interests sake. Be good to see a foreigner win it all.
 Greenmohave7/19/2012 10:01:42 PM GMT
Impressive to see the age of these kids playing today. I can't believe their capabilities at the game. I don't care who takes it because I'm jealous of them all. It would be a dream to be sitting in their place just one time.
 teddybears737/19/2012 11:43:04 PM GMT
aye that sylvia guy looks like a potential winner to me although i don't think it will be easy for him.
 pochui7/20/2012 8:24:59 AM GMT
Posted by Greenmohave:
Impressive to see the age of these kids playing today. I can't believe their capabilities at the game. I don't care who takes it because I'm jealous of them all. It would be a dream to be sitting in their place just one time.


i would doubt that it's their capabilities that helped them get to the final table- especially considering that there were far more accomplished players than those october nine...the biggest factor in any single mtt with big number of entrants is luck imho, since single tourney is very short time frame...
 Serpang7/20/2012 12:47:09 PM GMT
Posted by pochui:
Posted by Greenmohave:
Impressive to see the age of these kids playing today. I can't believe their capabilities at the game. I don't care who takes it because I'm jealous of them all. It would be a dream to be sitting in their place just one time.


i would doubt that it's their capabilities that helped them get to the final table- especially considering that there were far more accomplished players than those october nine...the biggest factor in any single mtt with big number of entrants is luck imho, since single tourney is very short time frame...



Absolutely right !! look how many finalist WSOP 2010, 2011 make final table at WSOP 2012 ?
I think just one system describe who had best skill : L E A G U E , similar leaderboard but with limited MTT .
For example : every player just permitted play 20 MTT every month.


 Fakiry7/20/2012 12:52:44 PM GMT
Posted by pochui:
...the biggest factor in any single mtt with big number of entrants is luck ...

Oh pochui, you understand so little of it that i can almost feel sorry for you. Lithuanian amamteur poker must be the same as playing darts, you just throw the chips to the middle of the table to see if you win the hand. You have to remembre that this game is played at a 10 sit max table, and only those participate in each hand. Then, some are going home and others come to the table with more or less chips. Being able to pass through a lot of difficulties like this requires skill, patience, knowledge of the game, not just “let’s see what beats me this time”…

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