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2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, July 07, 2012 to Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Event #61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $62,031,385
  • Entries: 6,598
  • Remaining: 0
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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
 
Chip Counts
 
Jesse Sylvia81,850,000-3,550,000
Greg Merson76,425,0009,500,000
Jake Balsiger39,700,000-5,950,000
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
 
Chip Counts
 
Jesse Sylvia85,400,000-5,900,000
Greg Merson66,925,0004,450,000
Jake Balsiger45,650,0001,450,000
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
 
Chip Counts
 
Jesse Sylvia91,300,0004,650,000
Greg Merson62,475,000-4,650,000
Jake Balsiger44,200,0000
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 09:36:13 PM PST
 
Hand #260: Walk for Sylvia
 

Jake Balsiger had the button. Jesse Sylvia got a walk in the big blind.

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
 
Chip Counts
 
Jesse Sylvia86,650,0001,150,000
Greg Merson67,125,000-7,200,000
Jake Balsiger44,200,0006,050,000
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
 
Chip Counts
 
Jesse Sylvia85,500,00043,075,000
Greg Merson74,325,000-42,425,000
Jake Balsiger38,150,000-650,000
10/30/12 09:20:46 PM PST
 
Hand #253: Sylvia Ships a Monster Double
 

Jesse Sylvia delivers a fist pump for his supporters after winning a big pot.

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.

Merson:   
Sylvia:   

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
 
Chip Counts
 
Greg Merson116,750,000-2,150,000
Jesse Sylvia42,425,000-18,325,000
Jake Balsiger38,800,00020,475,000
10/30/12 09:13:35 PM PST
 
Hand #252: Balsiger Spikes a Double
 

Jake Balsiger eyes tell the story.  He can't believe his luck to double up.

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.



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