Greg Merson, now living in Washington, D.C., leaped into the public eye in 2012 after his visit to the World Series of Poker where he battled a huge field in the $10,000 Buy-In 6-max (Event #57) and came out on the very top, $1,136,197 better-off for his efforts. Already delighted with his phenomenal performance and WSOP Bracelet Greg then enetered the Flagship WSOP Main Event, which once again boasted an impressively large field of 6,598 entrants, including a vast number of the best names in the game. After 7 days of hard grind, showing immense skill, sheer grit and determination Greg found himself on the famous WSOP Main Event Final Table in 3rd poistion with 28,725,000 chips and the chance to win a 2nd Gold Bracelet and $8,527,982!
This accomplishment is astonishing by any poker professional’s standards, but even more so when you discover that Greg is not predominantly a Tournament Pro. Greg has built a notorious reputation as a high stakes cash game player, participating in games as big as $400/$800 and usually 6 max. Just to put Greg’s achievements into context, he’s a cash game specialist who has cashed in 4/8 WSOP events and has already ammassed in excess (pending WSOP Final Table result) of $2 million in live tournament poker and almost $250,000 in online MTTs.
Having started to play poker after watching it on ESPN 8 years ago Greg played home games with his mates and quickly realised he had a talent for it! Greg is also known for wearing a wide range of sports jerseys when at the live events and this is something that also developed from an early stage of his career, at these home games in Laurel, Maryland from where Greg hails.
However his career and life has not always been as straight forward as just winning lots of money through poker; Greg has spoken openly about his prior issues with drugs in his Freshman year at College, and how it has affected his life. Greg is now clean, and hopes that he can provide advice to others on how they can steer themselves away from addiction and rehabilitate themselves so they can start to enjoy their lives fully. I think it is evident to all that Greg has been richly rewarded for his strength of mind and discipline dealing with this problem and he fully admits that he could have never achieved what he has done while he was still using drugs. To find out more about Greg’s battle with narcotics then visit the 2+2 Forum thread by clicking here.
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