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Aaron Mermelstein and Greg Merson Headline First-Ever WPT Maryland Live! Main Event Final Table

Six Remain To Battle For $250,222 First-Place Prize

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The first-ever running of the World Poker Tour Maryland Live! $3,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event has been a success, with 337 entries building a prize pool of $1,063,000. From that turnout now only six remain, including Maryland native and 2012 World Series of Poker main event champion Greg Merson and 2015 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open main event champion Aaron Mermelstein.

The two most accomplished players at the table also happen to have the two largest stacks. Merson will enter the final day with 3,280,000 of the roughly 11.1 million chips in play. Mermelstein is close behind with 3,215,000.

The final table was set when Merson eliminated Joseph Cashen in seventh place for $39,118. Cashen raised to 65,000 from middle position and Merson three-bet to 180,000. Cashen moved all-in for 900,000 and Merson called with the AClub SuitKDiamond Suit. Cashen was in big trouble with the ADiamond SuitQSpade Suit and found no held when the board ran out 10Club Suit5Diamond Suit3Spade Suit8Club Suit10Spade Suit.

With that the final six was set. The remaining payouts left to play for are as follows:

1st: $250,222 (including a $15,400 seat into the season-ending WPT World Championship.)
2nd: $164,765
3rd: $105,981
4th: $78,449
5th: $58,589
6th: $47,091

Other notables who made deep runs include two-time WPT champion Darren Elias (10th – $17,114), Jamie Kerstetter (13th – $14,032), Michael Wang (25th – $8,291) and current 2015 Card Player Player of the Year race points leader Anthony Zinno (30th – $7,228).

Play resumes on Tuesday starting at noon ET with blinds of 15,000 – 30,000 with an ante of 5,000.

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final day:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Greg Merson 3,280,000
2 Aaron Mermelstein 3,215,000
3 Xin Wang 2,260,000
4 Andjelko Andrejevic 775,000
5 Ken Holmes 710,000
6 Cate Hall 695,000