WSOP final three

WSOP final three

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Just three players remain in the WSOP Main Event after a night of tense action. After kicking their heels and twiddling their thumbs since July, the final nine players finally resumed their bid for poker immortality yesterday inside the Rio’s Penn and Teller Theatre.

At the start of play it was one of the table’s elder statesmen, Steven Gee, who struck the first blow by taking a pot from Russell Thomas. After taking down the first action Gee probably thought it was his time to shine but after five hours of play he found himself watching from the rails with $754,798 in his pocket.

After Gee’s departure it would be nearly two hours before Robert Salaburu would fall at the hands of Jesse Sylvia in a blind vs. blind confrontation. Michael Esposito, Andras Koroknai and Jeremy Ausmus all then hit the rail in succession, leaving just four players in the hunt for poker’s biggest prize.

At this point Greg Merson had been one of the most aggressive players on show but when it came down to deciding the day’s final elimination it was Jacob Balsiger who did the job. After putting Russell Thomas all-in pre-flop, the latter called with Ah 9C.

Unfortunately, Balsiger held As Kc and with no help from the rail Thomas headed for the cashiers’ desk to collect $2,851,537, while the remaining three took a well earned break.

Balsiger, Sylvia and Merson will now resume their battle tomorrow when the WSOP Main Event Champion 2012 will be crowned.

The chip counts are as follows:

Greg Merson 88,350,000
Jesse Sylvia 62,750,000
Jacob Balsiger 46,875

You can follow all the action via the WSOP live stream.

Tags: WSOP 2012, Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia, Jacob Balsiger