There are only three players left in the running for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event World Championship after the first day of the final table was completed at the Penn and Teller Theatre yesterday.
Either chip leader Jesse Sylvia, the in-form Greg Merson or young gun Jake Balsiger will be crowned Poker World Champion tomorrow.
Merson, who will win the 2012 World Series of Poker player of the year award if he can win the gold bracelet, is the current chip leader with 88.35 million followed by Sylvia with 62.75 million and Balsiger with 46.75 million.
The final three were all responsible for eliminations yesterday.
World Series of Poker bracelet winner Steven Gee was the first player to go, holding pocket eights, when he called an all-in bet from Russell Thomas who showed down a pair of Jacks.
Sylvia and Merson then got in on the action eliminating Robert Salaburu and Michael Esposito in quick succession.
Merson took the chip lead when his Ace-King completely crushed the Ace-Queen of Andras Koroknai who was eliminated in sixth position, ending his hopes of becoming the first Hungarian World Series of Poker Main Event winner.
Jeremy Ausmus had been very quiet throughout the final table and was finally eliminated by Sylvia in fifth place but the family-man was clearly delighted to have taken home $2,155,313.
Balsiger had skillfully maneuvered his short stack into fourth position but he wasn’t planning on stop there.
The twenty-one year-old moved all-in with Ace-King and was surprisingly called by Russell Thomas who was dominated with Ace-Nine.
The board was no help to Thomas and the semi-professional poker player was eliminated in fourth position, taking home $2,851,537.
All three players have the chance to make history when the final table resumes.
Sylvia is aiming to become the first player to convert the chip lead into a Main Event victory since Jonathan Duhamel, Merson can become the 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year and complete an incredible 2012 while Balsiger can become the youngest World Champion in World Series of Poker history.
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