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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

EVENT UPDATES

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:08 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button, and Jesse Sylvia received a walk.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:07 PM Local Time

Jesse Sylvia had the button to start this hand, and he raised to 1.2 million. Greg Merson called from the big blind, and the flop came down    . Merson led for 1.6 million, and Sylvia called.

The turn was the  , and Merson tossed out 3.7 million. Sylvia folded, and Merson won the pot.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:04 PM Local Time
Greg Merson101,800,000-1,650,000
Jake Balsiger60,125,0002,700,000
Jesse Sylvia36,050,000-1,050,000
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:04 PM Local Time

Greg Merson had the button, and raised to 1.2 million. Jake Balsiger defended his big blind, and the flop fell    . Both players checked.

The   was the turn card, and Balsiger led out for 2 million. Merson folded, and Balsiger is now above the 60 million-chip threshold.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:02 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger had the button fresh of his double up through Jesse Sylvia. He raised to 1.2 million and won the pot.

COPAG USA
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:01 PM Local Time
Greg Merson103,450,0000
Jake Balsiger57,425,00029,425,000
Jesse Sylvia37,100,000-29,425,000
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:00 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger doubles up and gives the thumbs up

Jesse Sylvia had the button, and opened to 1.2 million. Jake Balsiger three-bet to 3.5 million from the small blind, Greg Merson folded, and Sylvia tanked before four-betting to 7.2 million. Balsiger moved all in for 28.3 million, and Sylvia immediately called.

Sylvia:   
Balsiger:   

"Jack! Jack! Jack!" Balsiger's rail chanted.

There was no jack on the flop, but the     flop missed Sylvia. The former chip leader did have a backdoor heart draw, however.

The   turned, and the crowd "ohhhhhhh'ed." It too did not give Sylvia a set, however, and he was down to three cards to knock out Balsiger.

The   completed the board, and Balsiger's rail went wild. The 21-year old successfully doubled, and now has just under 60 million chips.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:53 PM Local Time

Greg Merson was on the button. He raised to 1.2 million and won the pot.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:52 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button, and he opened to 1.2 million. The blinds released, and he won the pot.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:49 PM Local Time
Greg Merson103,450,000-1,875,000
Jesse Sylvia66,525,00017,675,000
Jake Balsiger28,000,000-15,800,000
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:49 PM Local Time

Jesse Sylvia had the button. He looked at his cards, then raised to 1.2 million. Jake Balsiger reraised to 3.5 million from the small blind, and Greg Merson folded from the big blind. Sylvia took his time, then called.

The flop came down    , and Balsiger was up first. He fired 3.9 million, and Sylvia made the call to see the turn.

The   paired the board on fourth street, and Balsiger bet 7.2 million after taking some time for thought. Sylvia studied, then announced that he was all in. Balsiger took another look back at his hole cards, then slowly passed them to the dealer for the fold.

"Jesse! Jesse! Jesse! Jesse!" was the explosion of chants from Sylvia's cheering section as he raked in the pot.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:41 PM Local Time

Greg Merson had the button, and opened to 1.2 million. Jesse Sylvia three-bet to 3.2 million from the small blind, and won the pot.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:39 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger had the button to start this hand. Jesse Sylvia got a walk in the big blind.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:39 PM Local Time

Jesse Sylvia started the hand with the button, and Greg Merson received a walk.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:35 PM Local Time
Greg Merson105,325,000225,000
Jesse Sylvia48,850,000-1,125,000
Jake Balsiger43,800,000900,000
COPAG USA
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:35 PM Local Time

Greg Merson started this hand with the button. He raised to 1.2 million, and Jake Balsiger called from the big blind.

The flop was    , and both players checked to see the   land on the turn. Both checked again.

The river was the  , and Balsiger checked. Merson checked behind, then mucked when Balsiger tabled the    for a pair of eights.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:32 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button, and folded. Greg Merson limped in from the small blind, Jesse Sylvia checked his option, and the flop fell    . Merson led out for 800,000, and Sylvia folded.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:31 PM Local Time

Jesse Sylvia had the button to start this hand. He folded, and Jake Balsiger completed the bet from the small blind. Greg Merson checked in the big blind to see a     flop. Balsiger checked, Merson bet, and Balsiger folded.

"Let someone else win a pot!" yelled someone from Merson's rail up on stage.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:30 PM Local Time
Greg Merson105,100,0006,950,000
Jesse Sylvia49,975,000-375,000
Jake Balsiger42,900,000-6,575,000
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:29 PM Local Time

Greg Merson (Day 8) has over 100 million chips

Greg Merson started the hand with the button, and opened to 1.2 million. Jake Balsiger three-bet to 3.5 million from the big blind, and Merson called.

The dealer fanned    , Balsiger led out for 3 million, and Merson raised to 7 million. Balsiger tank-folded, and Merson is now over 100 million chips - which is more than half of the chips in play.

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