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2012 WSOP Main Event: Three Players Remain! Greg Merson Holds The Lead!

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Posted on 30 October 2012 by "T".

After about seven and a half hours of play, Day 8 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event and the first night of the final table came to an end. The final 3 players who still have the chance of taking home the $8.5 million first prize and the world champion title are Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia and Jacob Balsinger - all from the U.S. (the only non-U.S. player, Andras Koroknai, was eliminated in 6th place for $1.6 million).

Greg Merson, who was ranked third when the final table kicked off, had an amazing winning streak during Day 8. When Day 9 begins tonight, he will bring a massive 88.35 million stack to the table - about 26 million more than Jesse Sylvia, who had the lead when the final table kicked off yesterday. Balsiger, who eliminated Russel Thomas in 4th place and put an end to Day 8, will bring 46.8 million chips to the final table when play resumes. Day 9 is scheduled to kick off tonight at 5:45 PM local time. Until then, check out the interviews below (taken from WSOP's website).


Jake Balsiger

On his reaction to making the final three:
"It's amazing. On Twitter this morning, all I said was I didn't want to get ninth (note that Balsiger came into play as one of the lowest stacks). I ran good. Everything fell into place."

On what he expects to happen on Tuesday night when play resumes with the final three:
"All I can say is - this has been an incredible experience. I have nothing to lose. I am coming back tomorrow and playing to win."



Jesse Sylvia

On his feeling at making the final three, but also losing the chip lead to rival Greg Merson:
"Yeah, this was the plan. But there's still a long way to go. I can't wait to get back up here and play. I wish we could play it out right now. As for being second to Greg, I'm not worried about it. We're still really deep. We have a long battle tomorrow."

On what he expects to happen, particularly coming back in second place:
"We're not that far apart. It's going to be a long day tomorrow. That's my prediction.

On his confidence level and the prospect of victory:
"Winning was my plan all along. Nothing has changed. That's still the plan."

Greg Merson

On how things went at the final table on Monday:
"I was always feeling good. I mean, I never fell under 20 million (in chips), which is a very nice comfort zone. As soon as Steven Gee blew up and a few other players got coolered, I was up to over 30 million and never looked back, after that. When short-handed play starts, I think that's my game because a lot of players either play too tight, or they over-adjust. I even told Jesse (Sylvia) on one of the breaks that just before Andras Koroknai bluffed off his chips, that it was exactly what he was going to do, and that's what he did. A lot of tournament players don't know what to do after the flop comes down."

On whether making the final three is a surprise or just another day at the poker office:
"It's exciting, that's for sure. I was like, look at these pots. This is awesome."

On his expectations for Tuesday's finale:
"As long as I play well, I think I can win. Tonight, I think I played 95 out of 100, if that's the scale. So, if I play my A-game, I'm going to be tough to beat. But if I play well tomorrow - whatever happens, happens. I can accept that, as long as I play well."

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3 comments on "2012 WSOP Main Event: Three Players Remain! Greg Merson Holds The Lead! "

 Fakiry30/10/2012 13:55:02 GMT
After all it didn't took that long before there were only three. Greg Merson assumed the leadership, but Jesse Sylvia is still on the boat and that can only mean things won’t be easy. But the difference in terms of chips is now very big, with the first having 88 million, the second 62 million and the third 46 million. Jake Balsiger seems like a rookie when he talks that way, amazed with what’s happening, he really fits the title of first timer, and he is, at least in a table like that! Jesse Sylvia still believes it’s possible to change the course and if it’s him who gets to the final HU Greg Merson, it will sure be a very interesting final.
 SirPoncho01/11/2012 18:38:30 GMT
so sick
I watched the first 3 hours of 3 handed play and fell asleep,
when i woke uo 6 hours later they were still 3 handed.
Shock Shock Shock Shock Shock Shock Shock
longest Final Table in main event history
Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
 Sorin88803/11/2012 15:02:37 GMT
Are Televised Final Tables Too Long?
The new champion Greg Merson played tremendously well, always seemed to know where he was at, and came across like a really classy professional.
The other talking point to come out of the final this year was how damn long it was. The final table lasted 398 hands. Three-handed play took well over 11 hours before we saw Merson take it down.
The length of the final table was also somewhat down to the time taken to make decisions, both from the players and the fact that ESPN made some inevitable stops and starts to ensure it was well produced.

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