Greg Merson entered the day with 7.435 million in chips and is the only player remaining to have won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet this year. Already today, Merson has built his stack up to over 11 million in the ESPN Main Stage.
Just a few days into July, right before the start of Main Event, Merson took to Event 57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed. He went on to win the title for over $1.1 million, which was the third largest winner's prize outside of the Main Event.
Merson is from Laurel, Maryland and a cash-game regular, with most of his experience coming from online poker. He's been open that he doesn't play many tournaments, telling WSOP.com, "I never expected to have an opportunity to realistically win one of these, because they're so tough. The $10,000 [one] especially, short-handed. It feels awesome."
Outside of winning Event 57, Merson took fifth in Event 28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Four-Handed for over $70,000 and also finished 21st in Event 23: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed for $16,850. Merson has to other WSOP cashes on record, including a finish in the money of the 2009 Main Event.
Merson can also overtake Phil Ivey atop the WSOP Player of the Year leader board if he's able to make the Octo-Nine final table. He currently sits in seventh place with 481.13 points.