SSP News: Greg Merson wins WSOP Main Event

As the sun came up at 6.00am over Las Vegas on the morning of the 31st October Greg Merson played the last hand of the 2012 WSOP main event, and believe it or not he won it with a king high. The marathon final session had come down to a question of stamina and mental strength, neither clearly wanted to lose yet they both wanted it all to be over. I'm sure along the course of the 18 hours of play that the thought of, "well second place isn't so bad", crossed both Merson and Balsingers' minds. However they battled on and it was Merson who held out. Greg who had already won one event this year took both the cash prize of over $8.5 million, the bracelet and the WSOP 2012 Player of the Year Award, by just beating Phil Hellmuth on points, that's some haul for a player widely known for his cash game skills. When the game was won, the excitement calmed, the awards made and the tears of joy subsided Merson added that he had played some long hard cash games in his time but nothing at all can prepare you for this. The 24 year old from Maryland is building a reputation for himself as one of the best players in the world and is also working alongside Phil Ivey on building a new social poker site.