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WSOP reaches final day

The final table has been eventful to say the least, but now just three players remain to battle for the world-famous bracelet, and the small matter of the $8.5 million first place prize. The three players; Jake Balsiger, Greg Merson and long time chip leader Jesse Sylvia will battle it out on Tuesday 30th October 2012 until there is a winner.

Russell Thomas was the ‘unlucky’ player who finished in fourth, but he did have the small $2.85 million to fall back on. Thomas has now publicly quit his job to focus on his lifelong passion, poker.

Even though Sylvia was the long-time chip leader, Merson battled through taking advantage of what can only be described as a bold move by sixth-place finisher, Hungarian professional Andras Koroknai. Koroknai pressed all in with K-Q and was called by Merson’s A-K, which held up to give Merson a huge lead.

Merson said after the days play that he thought Koroknai would ‘bluff away all his chips’ and told Sylvia that he would catch him out, and he stayed true to his word. Merson now has 88.4 million, compared with 62.8 million for Sylvia and 46.9 million for Balsiger. However, Sylvia is confident that he can still win the tournament, and Balsiger will be hoping for an upset. Balsiger is the only amateur left, but that won't be the case when he picks up his prize money!

The majority of the final table came to the table with the intention of playing aggressively as play was rather hostile from the very start. In fact, in the very first hand Gee bluffed Thomas for a sizeable pot with just nine high. Play continued to be rather aggressive, and the final three have found their way through by winning their flips and staying out of trouble.

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