WSOP 2012: Top Stars Who Will Make Push for Poker's Biggest Prize

Chris HummerAnalyst IOctober 27, 2012

Photo courtesy of The Telegraph
Photo courtesy of The Telegraph

It's here. The World Series of Poker's “November 9”—well in 2012 it's the “October 9”—but either way poker's biggest prize is about to be on the line.

Nine of the best—and sometimes luckiest—poker pros in the world are left at the final table in Las Vegas, and an 8.5 million dollar grand prize is up for grabs.

It is sure to be a tense environment as these nine battle it out with thousands of dollars being folded and raised on every hand.

It makes for intense theater, and there's nothing like seeing millions of dollars coming down to the last card on the river.

So, here are the top pros to look out for at the final table, as well as the most likely to take home the biggest prize in the sport—the Main Event bracelet.


Jesse James Sylvia

This poker pro from Martha's Vineyard has a commanding chip lead. Sylvia has 43,875,000 chips and should be able to push his advantage throughout.

Earlier in the tournament he showed no hesitancy to bully opponents with his huge stack, and it shouldn't be any different at the final table.  

Sylvia has three World Series of Poker cashes in his pocket and is looking to earn his first ever bracelet on Oct. 29 and 30.

Expect him to be right around till the end too; his chip stack gives him a huge advantage.


Greg Merson

Greg Merson is riding a hot streak on the table that seems unlikely to stop.

He won his first WSOP bracelet in July, netting a cool 1.1 million in the process, and has continued that success right through to the final table.

He has been a survivor too; he has been down many times and even endured being down to the final two blinds at one point to stay in the tournament. 

Merson has made huge strides for a man who used to struggle with a drug addiction, and a win at the final table would be a measure of just how far he has come.


Steven Gee

This 57-year-old is the oldest member of the final table and has more experience playing poker than some contestants do years.

He's been to the bottom of the barrel and broke after earning millions and has worked his way back with poker success and financial responsibility.

He has a WSOP bracelet to his credit, and with a chip stack of 16,860,000, he could use that experience to pull the upset.