2012 WSOP Main Event Champion
Greg Merson began his poker playing career as many young pros of his generation did, after watching Chris Moneymaker win the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event. What first started out as part-time social poker with buddies soon turned into a budding online poker career.
|7-6-2013||$10,000 - WSOP Main Event - No Limit Hold'em||167||$42,990|
|07-07-2012||$10,000 - WSOP Main Event - No Limit Hold'em||1||$8,531,853|
|07-03-2012||$10,000 - WSOP 6-Max Championship - No Limit Hold'em||1||$1,136,197|
|14-06-2012||$2,500 WSOP - Four Handed - No Limit Hold'em||5||$70,280|
|01-05-2010||$10,000 NAPT - Main Event - No Limit Hold'em||103||$23,500|
Greg Merson's Biography
Greg attended the University of Maryland for just over two semesters before deciding to play poker full time. Although he experienced a rocky beginning to his career, he eventually became successful after deciding to specialize in short-handed play.
To say that 2012 was a breakout year for Greg would be an understatement. After cashing in the $3,000 NL Six-Handed Event, Greg finished fifth in the $2,500 NL Four-Handed Event.
A short two weeks later, Greg won his first WSOP bracelet after taking down the $10,000 NL Six-Handed World Championship Event which netted him $1.13 million in prize money. However, the best was yet to come for Greg.
In 2012, Greg landed himself into the Octo-Nine third in chips after a deep run in the WSOP Main Event. Although the chip lead would change several times, Greg’s expertise in short-handed play would ultimately make the difference as he ended up walking away with the Main Event title, his second bracelet and $8.5 million in prize money.
During the 2013 WSOP Main Event, Greg made yet another deep run defending his title; however, he would fall short of being the first player since Johnny Chan to win back-to-back championships. Nonethless, his 167th place finish the year after winning it all was impressive in its own right.
When Greg is not tearing it up on the tournament circuit, he can be found playing high stakes cash games both live and online. He continues to specialize in six-handed play and plays as high as $400/$800.
With over $9.89 million in live tournament earnings at just 25 years of age, we’re sure Greg will continue to work his way up poker’s All-Time Money List.