Main Event Winners 2012-14 As the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) inches closer, PokerNews is looking back at all the past WSOP Main Event champions since the turn of the century.
While previous installments of this series have focused on the likes of 2000-02 winners Chris Ferguson , Carlos Mortensen and Robert Varkonyi or 2003-05 winners Chris Moneymaker , Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem , this installment will look at 2012-14 champions Greg Merson , Ryan Riess and Martin Jacobson . Greg Merson: 2012 Main Event Champion ($8,531,853)
Greg Merson At 24 years old, Greg Merson took down the 2012 Main Event for $8,531,853 after battling through a field of 6,598 players. It wasn’t even the first seven-figure score of the year for Merson, who had earned his first bracelet earlier in the series when he took down the $10,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event for $1.1 million.
Merson, a Maryland resident who had about a dozen cashes heading into the Main Event, battled through a final table that lasted 398 hands, making it the longest-ever at the WSOP up to that point. Merson’s opponents at the final table included high-stakes pro Jeremy Ausmus (5th – $2,155,313), Hungary’s Andras Koroknai (6th – $1,640,902) and 21-year old Jake Balsiger (3rd – $3,799,073), who was looking to become the youngest Main Event champion in history.
Balsiger bowed out in third when he three-bet shoved his short stack with queen-ten, only to be called by the dominating king-queen of Merson. The runout of didn’t help the Balsiger and he was eliminated to begin a heads-up battle between Merson and 26-year-old Jesse Sylvia .
In the final hand of the tournament, Merson had about a two-to-one chip lead and opened to four million with . Sylvia looked down at in the big blind and three-bet to 9.5 million. Merson, sitting quietly behind a pair of aviators, announced a four-bet all-in with Sylvia covered. Sylvia sighed and shuffled his chips before putting in his remaining 60 million. Cameras panned to Vanessa Selbst on Sylvia’s rail, who did not look happy with the way the hand went down.
The flop […]