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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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10/31/12 02:24:34 AM PDT

Greg Merson had the button. He raised to 3.2 million, and Jesse Sylvia reraised from the small blind to 7.8 million to win the pot.

10/31/12 02:23:55 AM PDT
Jesse Sylvia95,300,0005,300,000
Greg Merson81,700,000-2,300,000
Jake Balsiger21,200,000-3,000,000
10/31/12 02:22:49 AM PDT

Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button, and he folded. Greg Merson completed from the small blind, Jesse Sylvia checked his option in the big blind, and the flop fell    . Merson led out for a bet, and Sylvia folded.

10/31/12 02:21:29 AM PDT

Jesse Sylvia had the button to start this hand. He made the call, and Jake Balsiger folded from the small blind. Greg Merson checked his option in the big blind, and the flop came down    . Merson checked, and Sylvia 1.9 million. Merson called.

The turn was the  , and Merson checked. Sylvia checked behind to see the board pair with the   on the river. Merson bet 3.4 million, and Sylvia tank-raised to 11.2 million. Merson's face had a small smile on it as he went into the tank. After a couple minutes, he folded, and Sylvia won the pot.

10/31/12 02:14:34 AM PDT

Greg Merson had the button, and he opened to 3.2 million. Both blinds released, and Merson won another pot.

10/31/12 02:13:39 AM PDT
Jesse Sylvia90,000,000-600,000
Greg Merson84,000,0005,100,000
Jake Balsiger24,200,000-4,500,000
10/31/12 02:13:18 AM PDT

Jake Balsiger had the button, and Jesse Sylvia received a walk.

10/31/12 02:13:06 AM PDT

Jesse Sylvia started the hand with the button, and he limped in. Jake Balsiger completed from the small blind, Greg Merson checked in the big blind, and the flop fell    . All three players checked.

The turn was the  , and all three players checked again.

The   completed the board, Balsiger checked a third time, and Merson tossed out 2.5 million. Sylvia released, and Balsiger called.

Merson tabled    for fours and deuces, Balsiger mucked, and Merson picked up the pot.

10/31/12 02:08:49 AM PDT
Jesse Sylvia90,600,000-800,000
Greg Merson78,900,0008,700,000
Jake Balsiger28,700,000-7,900,000
10/31/12 02:08:45 AM PDT

Greg Merson started the hand with the button and raised to 3.2 million. Jake Balsiger was in the big blind and reraised to 6.5 million. Merson wasted little time in moving all in, and Balsiger quickly mucked.

10/31/12 02:06:31 AM PDT

Jake Balsiger had the button, and raised to 3.2 million. Both players folded, and Balsiger raked in the pot.

10/31/12 02:05:13 AM PDT

Jesse Sylvia had the button to start this hand, and he folded. Jake Balsiger limped in from the small blind, and Greg Merson raised to take it down.

10/31/12 02:04:33 AM PDT

Imagine how it would feel to wrap up the WSOP Main Event as the chip leader of the final nine. That's how Sylvia was feeling back in July as Sarah Grant sat him down for a chat.

10/31/12 02:04:24 AM PDT

Greg Merson had the button, and he opened for a raise and won the pot.

10/31/12 02:03:16 AM PDT

Jake Balsiger began this hand with the button. Jesse Sylvia got a walk.

10/31/12 02:01:51 AM PDT

Jesse Sylvia started the hand with the button, and he folded. Jake Balsiger folded as well, and Greg Merson received a walk.

10/31/12 02:00:43 AM PDT

The button was on Greg Merson. He folded, Jesse Sylvia limped in from the small blind, and Jake Balsiger raised to four million from the big blind. Sylvia made the call.

On the     flop, Sylvia led with a bet. He fired 4.5 million, and Balsiger folded.

10/31/12 01:56:58 AM PDT

Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button, and he raised to 3.2 million. Both blinds released, and he won the pot.

10/31/12 01:56:13 AM PDT

Jesse Sylvia had the button to begin this hand. He folded, and Jake Balsiger called from the small blind. Greg Merson checked his option in the big blind, and the flop rolled out    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  , and Balsiger fired 2.5 million. Merson folded, and Balsiger won the pot.

10/31/12 01:55:11 AM PDT
Jesse Sylvia91,400,00022,200,000
Greg Merson70,200,000-3,400,000
Jake Balsiger36,600,000-18,800,000