10/31/12 03:09:39 AM PST
Hand #385: Jesse Sylvia
Greg Merson had the button, and raised to four million. Jesse Sylvia called.
The flop fell , and both players checked.
The turn was the , Sylvia led for 4.6 million, Merson folded.
10/31/12 03:07:37 AM PST
Hand #384: Greg Merson
Jesse Sylvia started this hand with the button. He gave Greg Merson a walk.
10/31/12 03:06:44 AM PST
Heads-Up Play Begins
The cards are in the air for heads-up play. Remember, last year heads-up play lasted for six hours, so we could be in for a long one. Get that coffee brewing and thanks for following along!
10/31/12 02:53:22 AM PST
There is a short break while everything gets set up for heads-up play.
10/31/12 02:50:19 AM PST
|Greg Merson||117,600,000||24,900,000 |
|Jesse Sylvia||80,600,000||-4,300,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||0||-20,600,000 |10/31/12 02:50:13 AM PST
Jake Balsiger Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,799,073)
Jesse Sylvia had the button. He raised to to four million, and Jake Balsiger reraised all in from the small blind for 20.3 million. Greg Merson requested a count on Balsiger's stack from the big blind, and the dealer and World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel counted it down. Then, Merson called. Sylvia folded.
Merson showed the to dominate the for Balsiger. Balsiger was behind, but still had a flop, turn and river to win the pot.
The flop came down , and Merson's hand held up so far. After the landed on the turn, Balsiger was down to just one more card.
The river card was the , and that officially ended Balsiger's tournament in third place. He left with a shake of his opponents' hands and a standing ovation from everyone in the Penn & teller Theatre. With his elimination, Joe Cada's record as the youngest Main Event winner has held strong, and Merson is now heads up with Sylvia for the title.
10/31/12 02:44:49 AM PST
|Greg Merson||92,700,000||-5,100,000 |
|Jesse Sylvia||84,900,000||10,500,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||20,600,000||-5,400,000 |10/31/12 02:44:26 AM PST
Hand #381: Sylvia Moves All In
Greg Merson had the button, and folded. Jesse Sylvia moved all in for effectively 21.8 million from the small blind, and Jake Balsiger folded.
10/31/12 02:42:43 AM PST
Hand #380: Walk for Sylvia
Jake Balsiger had the button to begin this hand. Jesse Sylvia got a walk in the big blind.
10/31/12 02:42:02 AM PST
Hand #379: Merson Walks
Jesse Sylvia started the hand with the button, and folded. Jake Balsiger folded as well, and Greg Merson received a walk.
10/31/12 02:40:59 AM PST
Hand #378: Merson Can't Call Sylvia's River Bet
Greg Merson had the button and raised it up to four million. Jesse Sylvia studied from the small blind, then called. Jake Balsiger folded.
The flop came down , and Sylvia checked. Merson checked behind to see the come out on the turn. Sylvia checked, and Merson checked behind again.
The river was the to pair the board. Sylvia bet 4.7 million, and Merson gave it up.
10/31/12 02:36:54 AM PST
|Greg Merson||97,800,000||-3,900,000 |
|Jesse Sylvia||74,400,000||-3,900,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||26,000,000||7,800,000 |10/31/12 02:36:17 AM PST
Hand #377: Balsiger Open-Shoves
Jake Balsiger had the button, and moved all in for 22.1 million. Jesse Sylvia tank-folded, and Balsiger picked up the pot.
10/31/12 02:33:39 AM PST
Hand #376: Balsiger Moves In
Jesse Sylvia had the button and folded before Jake Balsiger shoved from the small blind to win the pot.
10/31/12 02:32:13 AM PST
Hand #375: Balsiger Walks
Greg Merson started the hand with the button, and he folded. Jesse Sylvia walked as well, and Jake Balsiger received a walk.
10/31/12 02:31:39 AM PST
|Greg Merson||101,700,000||20,000,000 |
|Jesse Sylvia||78,300,000||-17,000,000 |
|Jake Balsiger||18,200,000||-3,000,000 |10/31/12 02:31:05 AM PST
Hand #374: Flop Shove from Merson
Jake Balsiger had the button to start this hand. He folded, and Greg Merson limped from the small blind. Jesse Sylvia raised to 4.2 million, and Merson made the call to take a flop.
The fell, and Merson fired 6.2 million. Sylvia took his time, then put in a raise to 14.4 million in all. Merson jammed all in, and Sylvia quickly folded his hand.
10/31/12 02:27:16 AM PST
Hand #373: Greg Merson
Jesse Sylvia had the button, and raised to 3.2 million. Greg Merson defended his big blind, and the flop fell . Both players checked.
The turn brought the , Merson led out for four million, and Sylvia folded.