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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 5:23 PM Local Time
Greg Merson98,150,0001,750,000
Jesse Sylvia50,350,000-1,675,000
Jake Balsiger49,475,000-75,000
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:23 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger started this hand with the button. He folded, and Greg Merson limped in from the small blind. Jesse Sylvia checked his option in the big blind, which brought the two players to the     flop.

On the flop, Merson was first and he checked. Sylvia checked behind to see the   fall on fourth street. Merson fired one million, and Sylvia made the call.

The   both paired the board on the river and brought in a fourth heart. Merson bet 2.6 million, and Sylvia took his time to think things over. After a couple of long minutes in the tank, Sylvia reached for his water to take a sip. The crowd began to chuckle at this as Sylvia cracked a smile. He sipped his water, put the cap back on, then finally folded, and Merson won the pot.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:16 PM Local Time
Greg Merson96,400,000375,000
Jesse Sylvia52,025,000-6,950,000
Jake Balsiger49,550,0006,575,000
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:15 PM Local Time

Jesse Sylvia had the button and opened to 1.2 million. Jake Balsiger three-bet to 3.5 million, and Sylvia called.

The flop came    , Balsiger led out for 3 million, and Sylvia tank-called.

The turn brought the  , Balsiger led again - this time for 5.7 million - and Sylvia folded. Balsiger happily raked in his first pot of the evening.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:06 PM Local Time

Greg Merson had the button at the beginning of this hand. He opened the pot with a raise to 1.2 million. Jesse Sylvia folded from the small blind, and Jake Balsiger folded from the big blind to give Merson another pot.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:06 PM Local Time
Greg Merson96,025,0005,200,000
Jesse Sylvia58,975,000-2,800,000
Jake Balsiger42,975,000-2,400,000
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:06 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button, and folded. Greg Merson called out of the small blind, and Jesse Sylvia checked his option. The flop fell    , Merson fired 1 million, and Sylvia called.

The turn was the  , and Merson fired another bullet worth 4.6 million. Sylvia tank-folded.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:02 PM Local Time

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:01 PM Local Time

Greg Merson had the button. He opened to 1.2 million, and won the pot.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:00 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger had the button to start this hand. He opened the hand with a raise to 1.2 million. Greg Merson paused in the small blind, then reraised to 3.5 million. Everyone folded, and Merson won the pot.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:57 PM Local Time
Greg Merson90,825,000450,000
Jesse Sylvia61,775,000-75,000
Jake Balsiger45,375,000-375,000
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:56 PM Local Time

Jesse Sylvia had the button. He folded, Jake Balsiger folded, and Greg Merson received a walk.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:55 PM Local Time
Greg Merson90,375,0002,025,000
Jesse Sylvia61,850,000-900,000
Jake Balsiger45,750,000-1,125,000
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:55 PM Local Time

Greg Merson started this hand with the button. He opened with a raise to 1.2 million. Everyone folded, and Merson won the pot.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:55 PM Local Time

Jake Balsiger started the hand with the button. Greg Merson called out of the small blind, and Jesse Sylvia checked. Merson check-folded on the flop, and Sylvia picked up the pot.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:53 PM Local Time

There was a dead button, and Greg Merson was in the big blind. Jesse Sylvia raised to 1.2 million, and Merson made the call.

The flop came down    , and both players checked to see the   land on the turn. Both checked again, and the   landed on the river. Merson led for 2.35 million, and Sylvia folded.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:51 PM Local Time

The cards are in the air for the final day of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:42 PM Local Time

World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel is giving the announcements here inside the Penn & Teller Theatre and will be introducing the players in just a few moments. It's almost time, so buckle up and get ready!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:42 PM Local Time

The Final Three Players: Jake Balsiger, Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia

Today is the day, folks! It's the day everyone in poker has been waiting for, and the day we crown a World Series of Poker Main Event champion!

The excitement in the air is absolutely unrivaled by anything in the industry, and you can feel the buzz pumping through your veins. Just walking into the Penn & Teller Theatre here on this Tuesday evening in Las Vegas, the fans are donning their appropriate attire in support of each of the three remaining players, and the chants have already begun. The only question left is: Will it be Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia or Jake Balsiger walking away with the gold?

Each of the three remaining players has their own story. Sylvia entered the final table with the chip lead, but only Jonathan Duhamel was able to turn the chip lead into a victory since the inception of the final table delay. Greg Merson could become WSOP Player of the Year and complete the full 180 degree turn of his life after falling into a drug addiction. If Balsiger wins, he'd become the youngest Main Event champion since Joe Cada took the title in 2009. Each have a story, and each are hoping to successfully write the final chapter.

Merson will take the chip lead into three-handed play today, as he bagged up 88.35 million last night. Nearly all of that was thanks to Andras Koroknai in what some would call and early Christmas present. Sylvia sits in second place with 62.75 million, and Balsiger will be bringing up the rear with 46.875 million, but this is really anyone's ball game.

The blinds will start at 300,000/600,000/75,000, so all three remaining are still fairly deep. That means we'll probably be here for awhile, so hunker down and get ready for some amazing poker action. The cards are in the air at 5:45 PM local time, so stay tuned!