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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 11:58:14 PM PDT
Greg Merson98,900,000-13,100,000
Jesse Sylvia67,350,00010,700,000
Jake Balsiger31,950,0002,400,000
10/30/12 11:58:04 PM PDT

Greg Merson had the button to start this hand. He folded, and Jesse Sylvia limped from the small blind. Jake Balsiger checked and took the     flop in position. After Sylvia checked, Balsiger checked behind.

The turn was the  , and both checked to see the   come on the river. Both checked again.

Balsiger showed the    for a pair of tens, but Sylvia's    was good for a ten-high straight, and he won the pot.

10/30/12 11:54:51 PM PDT

Jake Balsiger had the button, and opened to 2.4 million. Jesse Sylvia defended his big blind, and the flop fell    . Sylvia checked, Balsiger continued for 2.2 million, and Sylvia folded.

10/30/12 11:52:12 PM PDT

Jesse Sylvia had the button and raised to 2.4 million. Greg Merson called from the big blind, and the flop came down    . Both players checked, and the turn was the  . Merson bet 3.5 million, and Sylvia made the call.

The river was the  , and Merson checked. Sylvia checked behind and beat Merson's    with his    for a better pair.

10/30/12 11:48:46 PM PDT

Greg Merson had the button, and folded. Jesse Sylvia raised to three million from the small blind, and Jake Balsiger folded from the big blind.

10/30/12 11:48:01 PM PDT

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

10/30/12 11:46:45 PM PDT

Jesse Sylvia started the hand with the button, and he opened to 2.4 million. Both blinds released, and Sylvia picked up the pot.

10/30/12 11:45:56 PM PDT

Greg Merson had the button to start this hand. He limped in, Jesse Sylvia called from the small blind, and Jake Balsiger checked out of the big blind.

The flop came down    , and all three players checked to see the   land on the turn. Again, they all checked. The river was the  , and all three players checked once more.

Balsiger showed the    for a pair of threes, and both of his opponents folded.

10/30/12 11:43:23 PM PDT

Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button, and he raised to 2.4 million. Both blinds released, and Balsiger won the pot.

10/30/12 11:42:15 PM PDT

Jesse Sylvia had the button to begin this one. He limped in from the button, and Jake Balsiger called from the small blind. Greg Merson checked from the big blind, and the flop came down    . On the flop, action checked to Sylvia, and he bet 2.2 million. Balsiger and Merson both folded, giving Sylvia the pot.

10/30/12 11:40:41 PM PDT
Greg Merson112,000,00016,600,000
Jesse Sylvia56,650,000-14,600,000
Jake Balsiger29,550,000-2,000,000
10/30/12 11:40:19 PM PDT

Greg Merson

Greg Merson had the button, and he limped in. Jesse Sylvia called out of the small blind, and Jake Balsiger checked in the big blind. The flop fell    , and all three players checked.

The turn was the  , and Sylvia led for 2.7 million. Balsiger folded, and Merson raised to 6.8 million. Sylvia called.

The   completed the board, and Sylvia quickly checked. Merson sat silently for nearly two minutes, then slid out 14.6 million. Sylvia folded, and Merson took down the pot.

Merson's fans serenated him with chants of "Gre-gy! Gre-gy! Gre-gy!"

10/30/12 11:32:17 PM PDT

Jake Balsiger had the button to start this hand. He raised to 2.4 million and won the pot.

10/30/12 11:31:28 PM PDT

Jesse Sylvia started the hand on the button, and he limped in. Jake Balsiger completed from the small blind, and Greg Merson raised to four million from the big blind. Sylvia called, Balsiger folded, and the flop came    . Both players checked.

The turn was the  , Merson led for 5.2 million, and Sylvia tanked for the better part of two minutes, then folded.

10/30/12 11:29:03 PM PDT

Unless the final table ends on the following hand, we will have played more hands than last year's event did at the final table. Last year, Pius Heinz defeated Martin Staszko on the 301st hand of the final table.

10/30/12 11:26:54 PM PDT

Greg Merson had the button to begin this hand. He limped the button and took a flop in position against Jake Balsiger in the big blind. The flop came down    , and Balsiger checked. Merson bet 1.6 million, and Balsiger folded.

10/30/12 11:25:55 PM PDT
Greg Merson95,400,000-10,800,000
Jesse Sylvia71,250,00014,600,000
Jake Balsiger31,550,000-3,800,000
10/30/12 11:25:37 PM PDT

Jake Balsiger was on the button, and he folded. Greg Merson limped in from the small blind, Jesse Sylvia checked, and the flop came    . Both players checked.

The   turned, Merson led for 1.6 million, and Sylvia raised to what looked like four million. Merson immediately folded, and Sylvia picked up the pot.

10/30/12 11:23:07 PM PDT

The button was on Jesse Sylvia to start this hand. He raised to 2.4 million. Jake Balsiger reraised to six million from the small blind, and Greg Merson folded from the big blind. Sylvia then reraised to 12.2 million to put the pressure back on Balsiger. After a minute, Balsiger folded, and Sylvia won the pot.

10/30/12 11:19:44 PM PDT

Greg Merson had the button, and he limped in. Jesse Sylvia called out of the small blind, Jake Balsiger checked in the big blind, and the flop came    . The action checked to Merson, who tossed out 1.2 million. Both of his opponents mucked, and Merson took down the pot.