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Greg Merson – A Fitting Champion

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Jan 01, 2013


After one of the longest final tables in World Series of Poker history — the threehanded battle lasted longer than 2007’s entire main event final table — Greg Merson was crowned champion, earning his second bracelet of 2012. However he is the champion that almost wasn’t. After battling addiction to synthetic heroin and cocaine he believes he is lucky to be alive after his most recent detox in December 2011. Additionally with around 150 players left in the main event this year he was down to just a couple of big blinds but doubled up, and doubled up again, and again and soon he was back to average and in fighting shape. He was many people’s favourite to push on and win the final table. Sitting third in chips at the start of play, the great Phil Ivey fingered him out as the possible winner and stuck an patch ...

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