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WSOP Finalist Greg Merson on Freeroll After Battling Addiction

With Two Million Dollar Scores at 2012 WSOP, Sobriety Gave Way to Best Summer of His Life

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Oct 31, 2012


In one way, 24-year-old Greg Merson is the most experienced player to ever make the World Series of Poker main event final table in its more than 40-year history. The Maryland native, who has made a living from online cash games, said he’s played about seven million hands on the virtual felt. Has Merson played more than any other finalist? When asked about it, Merson said: “I’ve never really thought about it, but I’d certainly think that it’s not even close. I’ve been playing 20-24 tables at time, putting in 1,500-2,000 hands an hour, for the past four or five years. There aren’t many people who do that.” Christian Harder, a fellow poker pro, said that Merson is likely in the “top 25 all time in terms of hands played.” To rank Merson, also a recent bracelet winner after winning the $10,000 six-handed hold’em event for $1,136,197, up there in ...

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