Greg Merson (USA)
It's official. Greg Merson is the 2012 world poker champion.
The 24-year-old professional poker player from Laurel, Maryland celebrated his ultimate
moment of triumph at 6 am early on a Wednesday morning, following an all-night
marathon playing session that nearly broke the all-time duration record.
Merson's victory took place at the Penn and Teller Theatre, upon a stage accustomed to
acts of magic. But Merson was the poker player with the proverbial magic wand, turning
what had started out as a dream into a world championship victory.
What began last summer at the Rio Las Vegas, with 6,598 entrants, ranking as the fifth largest
live poker tournament in history, concluded on Halloween morning, October