Yesterday Greg Merson won the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event after a very exciting final table that lasted 18 hours. The 24-year-old poker pro from Laurel, Maryland overcame a field of 6,598 players to collect the first place prize of $8,531,853 and, of course, the coveted WSOP Main Event bracelet. Below is a video clip of the final hand and also a clip of a very emotional Greg Merson being interviewed and congratulated by Kara Scott after the win.
The Main Event attracted 6,598 players (from 82 different countries, aged from 21 to 92) this year. Now, after that Day 1 a b c, Day 2 a b c, Day 3,4,5,6 & 7 have been completed, only 9 players remain and have the chance of winning the gold coveted bracelet and the $8.5 million first-place prize!
Jarret Nash has been on everyone's lips in the past 2 days. Nash, an American poker player, had made it to Day 5 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event with about 500k chips and had a great chance of making a deep run. But when Day 5 started he was no where to be found. Slowly, he began to blind out, until he was out of chips in Level 22 and finished in 171st place for $44,665.
Later that evening WSOP staff managed to get in contact with Jarret for a comment. Nash told them that he and his wife are non-denominational Christians, meaning that from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday he wasn't able to play poker. However, he had no regrets and he understood the consequences of not playing until after the dinner break, knowing that he would hit the rail.
After five levels of action-filled poker, Day 3 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event came to an end with 720 remaining players. It started over 12 hours ago when 1,738 players returned to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino with hopes of making it through the day, and Gaelle Baumann from France had the lead with 505,800 chips.
2,300 survivors from Day 1c played Day 2c today, and it took five 2-hour levels of play before the field had been narrowed down to about 900 players. Michael Hack (picture) finished the day with the largest stack (457,000), closely followed by Marco Bognanni (452,100).
Notables who made it through the day with healthy stacks include Jake Cody, Joseph Cheong, Ravi Raghavan, Ronnie Bardah, Ben Lamb, Antonio Esfandiari and Johnny Chan.