Greg Merson

2012 WSOP Main Event Champion

Greg Merson

Greg MersonSix-Max NLHE Cash Game Specialist

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.

Tournament Results

DateCountryEventPositionPrize
01-11-2014 $25,000 - PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller - No Limit Hold'em2$948,996
7-6-2013 $10,000 - WSOP Main Event - No Limit Hold'em167$42,990
07-07-2012 $10,000 - WSOP Main Event - No Limit Hold'em1$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'em5$70,280

Greg Merson's Biography

Greg Merson 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. That victory earned him $1.13 million in prize money. However, the best was yet to come for Greg.

Greg landed himself into the Octo-Nine third in chips after a deep run in the 2012 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 returned to defend his title and again ran deep. Unfortunately, he would fall short of being the first player since Johnny Chan to win back-to-back championships and finished in 167th place.

At the beginning of 2014, Greg revealed that he has dedicated himself to playing in more live events and that dedication has already paid off. Greg made his first final table since his 2012 Main Event victory in the 2014 PCA $25,000 High Roller Event. He ultimately finished in second and took home $948,996.

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.

Greg now has $10.86 million in live tournament earnings. He is currently 18th on poker’s All-Time Money List and #1 on Maryland’s All-Time Money List. With a renewed dedication to tournament play, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in the winner circle in the near future.

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