10/30/12 09:50:34 PM PST
Hand #265: Greg Merson
Jesse Sylvia started the hand with the button, and he opened to two million. Greg Merson defended his big blind, and the flop came . Merson led for 2.6 million, Sylvia folded, and Merson took down the pot.
10/30/12 09:48:58 PM PST
|Jesse Sylvia||81,850,000||-3,550,000 |
|Greg Merson||76,425,000||9,500,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||39,700,000||-5,950,000 |10/30/12 09:48:38 PM PST
Hand #264: Higher Straight for Merson
Greg Merson had the button to start this hand. He limped the button, Jesse Sylvia called from the small blind, and Jake Balsiger checked his option in the big blind.
The flop came down , and action checked around to see the land on the turn. Again, all three players checked.
The fell on the river, and Sylvia fired 2.4 million. Balsiger made the call, then Merson raised to 4.8 million. Sylvia folded, then Balsiger called.
Balsiger showed the low end of the straight with the . Merson had the high end with the and won the pot.
10/30/12 09:43:52 PM PST
|Jesse Sylvia||85,400,000||-5,900,000 |
|Greg Merson||66,925,000||4,450,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||45,650,000||1,450,000 |10/30/12 09:42:56 PM PST
Hand #263: Balsiger Four-Bets
Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button, and raised to two million. Jesse Sylvia three-bet to 5.6 million from the big blind, and Balsiger four-bet to 10 million. Sylvia released, and Balsiger picked up the pot.
10/30/12 09:40:30 PM PST
Hand #262: Merson Picks One Up from Balsiger
Jesse Sylvia had the button and folded. jake Balsiger raised to 2.5 million, and Greg Merson called from the big blind.
On the flop, Balsiger bet 2.3 million, and Merson made the call. The turn was the , and both players checked.
The paired the board on the river. Balsiger checked, and Merson bet 3.5 million. Balsiger folded.
10/30/12 09:37:32 PM PST
|Jesse Sylvia||91,300,000||4,650,000 |
|Greg Merson||62,475,000||-4,650,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||44,200,000||0 |10/30/12 09:36:52 PM PST
Hand #261: Balsiger Walks
Greg Merson started the hand with the button, and folded. Jesse Sylvia folded as well, and Jake Balsiger received a walk.
10/30/12 09:35:56 PM PST
Hand #259: Jesse Sylvia
Jesse Sylvia started the hand with the button, and he opened to two million. Greg Merson defended his big blind, and the dealer fanned . Merson checked, Sylvia fired 1.7 million, and Merson called.
The turn brought the . Both players checked.
The completed the board, and both players checked again.
Merson tabled for effectively king-high, and Sylvia showed for a winning two pair.
10/30/12 09:32:29 PM PST
|Jesse Sylvia||86,650,000||1,150,000 |
|Greg Merson||67,125,000||-7,200,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||44,200,000||6,050,000 |10/30/12 09:32:13 PM PST
Hand #258: Straight for Balsiger
Greg Merson had the button and limped in. Jake Balsiger checked from the big blind to see the flop come down . Both players checked, and the turn was the . Balsiger bet 1.5 million, and Merson called.
The river card was the , and Balsiger checked. Merson bet 2.4 million, and Balsiger tank-called. Merson showed the , but his pair of hand lost to Balsiger's for a straight.
10/30/12 09:27:44 PM PST
Hand #257: Jesse Sylvia
Jake Balsiger had the button, and folded. Greg Merson limped in from the small blind, Jesse Sylvia checked his option, and the flop came . Merson check-folded to a bet, and Sylvia took down the pot.
10/30/12 09:26:15 PM PST
Hand #256: Jesse Sylvia
Jesse Sylvia had the button to start this hand. He raised to two million, and Greg Merson called from the big blind. The flop came down , and Merson checked. Sylvia bet, and Merson folded.
10/30/12 09:24:06 PM PST
Hand #255: Jake Balsiger
Greg Merson started the hand with the button, and he folded. Jesse Sylvia completed from the small blind, and Jake Balsiger raised to three million. Sylvia folded, and Balsiger picked up the pot.
10/30/12 09:22:16 PM PST
Hand #254: Greg Merson
Jake Balsiger had the button to start this hand. He folded, and Greg Merson called from the small blind. Jesse Sylvia checked his option in the big blind, and the flop came down . Merson bet 1.5 million, and Sylvia folded.
10/30/12 09:20:49 PM PST
|Jesse Sylvia||85,500,000||43,075,000 |
|Greg Merson||74,325,000||-42,425,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||38,150,000||-650,000 |10/30/12 09:20:46 PM PST
Hand #253: Sylvia Ships a Monster Double
Jesse Sylvia had the button, and raised to two million. Greg Merson three-bet to 4.8 million from the big blind, Sylvia responded with a four-bet to 10.2 million, and Merson tanked before moving all in for effectively 42.275 million. Sylvia called immediately.
Chants of "Ace! Ace! Ace!" filled Sylvia's cheering section.
There was no ace on the flop, but Sylvia picked up a wheel draw.
The was a brick, and Sylvia, who entered the final table as the chip leader, was one card away from being eliminated.
The entire Penn & Teller Theater fell silent as the dealer rapped the table one final time and delivered the river card: the .
Sylvia's cheering section exploded. Claps, stomps, horns, and screams filled the air as Jack Effel confirmed the chip amounts, and suddenly, after doubling Jake Balsiger, Sylvia is once again the chip leader of the Main Event.
10/30/12 09:14:34 PM PST
|Greg Merson||116,750,000||-2,150,000 |
|Jesse Sylvia||42,425,000||-18,325,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||38,800,000||20,475,000 |10/30/12 09:13:35 PM PST
Hand #252: Balsiger Spikes a Double
Greg Merson had the button to start this hand. He raised to two million, and Jesse Sylvia called from the small blind. Jake Balaisger raised all in from the big blind, and Merson asked for a count. Balsiger was all in for 18.175, and Merson folded. Sylvia looked at the dealer and said, "I call."
Sylvia showed the to dominate the for the at-risk Balsiger.
The flop came down , and Sylvia stayed in front. Balsiger's rail chanted for a ten, and they got their wish as the smacked itself down on the turn to give Balsiger the lead. He wasn't out of the woods yet, though, as Sylvia needed a king, a queen or a nine on the river.
The dealer dealt the final card to the board, and it was the . Balsiger spiked his double and found himself right back in the game.