Greg Merson Is The Winner Of The World Series Of Poker

Greg Merson Wins World Series Of Poker

Professional US Poker Player, Greg Merson won the World Series of Poker and will be going home with $8.53 million, BBCreports.

Merson, 24, won the World Series of Poker after outlasting all of his opponents during a marathon session which ended before dawn, in Las Vegas, NV.

The World Series of Poker began in July with a no-limit Texas hold-em series, which included nearly 7,000 players.

Merson spoke with the Associated Press and said that there was no way to prepare for the game:

“This whole stage is nothing you could ever prepare for.”

Merson went mano-a-mano with Las Vegas-native Jesse Sylvia, 26, before going all-in, with king-high, the Associated Pressreports.

Merson’s victory hand included a three sixes, a nine, a seven, a three, and his king-high, which won over Sylvia’s queen-high.

In addition to the cash prize, Merson was presented with poker’s utmost symbol of achievement-Jason of Beverly Hills platinum and gold bracelet, covered in diamonds.

The way a World Series of Poker Player of the Year is determined, is a points-based system which gives players with the most accumulated points over the course of 68 gold bracelet events which are played in a calender year.

Merson told the Associated Press that he was relieved and excited to have completed the series and won:

“I feel pretty good — got all the tears out, so now I feel relaxed.”

Merson has been playing poker full-time for about the past five years. The last five champions of the Poker World Series were also between the age of 21-24.

The World Series of Poker Tournament began last year at the Rio Las Vegas, but Merson made it to the end as the champion.