2012 WSOP October Nine: Greg Merson

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Greg Merson

Fram til finalebordet ved World Series of Poker starter 29. oktober starter vil PokerNews.com legge ut en presentasjon med intervju av alle 9 finalister – October Niners. I dag presenter vi Greg Merson.

Det ser ut som at hvert år har finalebordet ved World Series of Poker Main Event har en headliner. I 2010 var det Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi og i fjor var det 2011 WSOP Player of the Year Ben Lamb. I år er det Greg Merson som vant Øvelse #57: $10 000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for $1 136 197 og sitt første armbånd dagene før oppstarten av Main Event. Hvis Merson skulle vinne med sine 28 725 000 ved finalebordet vil han ikke bare vinne $8 527 982 i første premie og sitt andre armbånd, men han vil også vinne 2012 WSOP Player of the Year.

PokerNews.com har laget et intervju med Jesse Sylvia hvor de snakker presset på det å være chipleder og mye annet.
Intervjuet er på engelsk

You played at the World Series of Poker Europe, but besides that, have you been playing much since making the October Nine?

That was the first live tournament I’d played since Vegas. I’ve been doing the same stuff that I was doing before. Living my normal life as much as I can. I’ve been playing more live certainly, but I’ve played a bunch live over my career so I’m not too concerned with that. I’ve been playing some cash games and just my normal routine.

You’re a three-time Supernova Elite, so obviously Black Friday had a big impact on you. Did you start playing more live when online poker was taken away?

I stopped getting Elite after 2010, and I moved to Full Tilt Poker in 2011. When everything shut down, I moved to Toronto after the Series and was playing on Euro sites. That’s what I did up there for nine months. I went up there for two weeks recently to play eight or nine events of the WCOOP, but I was mainly playing cash games. I then went home for a day and went off to Cannes. So I’ve been on the road for a while.

Let’s talk about the WSOP Player of the Year title. Is that something that’s on your mind?

I definitely want to win, but I’d rather just win the Main Event. If I do that, everything will take care of itself. I wanted to lock it up at the WSOP Europe, but that didn’t happen.

Merson after winning Event #57 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed.
Merson after winning Event #57 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed.

Obviously you want to win the Main Event, but if you could lock up second-place money right now and forgo the shot at the title, would you do it?

I think I would take it. My stack’s worth $4 million, and second is $5.29 million. I haven’t really looked at the payouts. I actually thought that third was less than it actually is. So yeah, I would take it.

What have you been doing to prepare for the final table? Have you been watching the broadcasts on ESPN and studying your opponents?

Yeah, I’ve been watching every week, but there hasn’t been too much out there to study my opponents. That will all come in October broadcasts. I haven’t gotten a coach or anything like that. I have general game plans that I think people are going to take, but it’s still just going to be adjusting on the fly. That’s what poker is.

You first got into poker by watching ESPN. What’s it like to be that guy who is now playing on ESPN?

It’s pretty surreal. It’s so cool for my family and friends to get to see that. It’s definitely really nice for myself as well, but more so for them.

Speaking of family and friends, who will you be bringing to Vegas to sweat the final table?

I have a nice group of people coming out. They’re getting t-shirts made.

T-shirts don’t seem to be your forte as we always see you wearing a jersey. Can we expect you’ll be wearing one at the final table?

Yeah, I think I’m going to wear my high school baseball jersey, but that’s going to depend on what sponsorships come my way, if I get approached by a brick-and-mortar casino that wants to have me wear their stuff.

Have any sponsorship opportunities presented themselves?

Yeah, I’ve had a bunch. One that I accept, one that I may be accepting, and a few that I turned down. This is all new to me — the business side of poker. It’s crazy. Having my own website now, I just never thought I’d see that.

Do you have any plans for the money that you’ll win?

I’m going to upgrade my sports car, but nothing too crazy. I want to go in the low six-figure range, but not $200,000. I want to keep it reasonable and have something to look forward to. Right now I have 2005 BMW M3, but I was looking at the Porsche 911 during the break just to get an idea. Now I think I’m leaning towards an Aston Martin — a used one.

Does winning the bracelet and becoming the Main Event champion mean something to you?

Yeah, it definitely does. It would certainly change my life. I feel I’d be way more comfortable with it after than I am with it right now. As the pressure starts to build as we get closer, it’s starting to become more and more real. Everything happens so fast. I didn’t even get to realize that I had already won a bracelet. There was just so much stuff within weeks of playing poker nonstop. Each week seeing more coverage of myself is making it super surreal. I certainly want to win.

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