Meet the 2012 WSOP Main Event October Nine: Bracelet winners

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 27, 2012 Posted in WSOP News | No Comments »

There’s a great line in the movie Major League where some Cleveland Indians fans are discussing the Indians roster when one guy says something to the effect of “I’ve never heard of any of these guys”; well, this is likely how many poker fans feel about the 2012 version of the November Nine (revamped and rebranded as the October Nine) that will play for the World Series of Poker Main Event title in a few months.

While the names at the final table are unrecognizable to all but the most fervent followers of poker, the players themselves all appear to have a lot of skill which could translate into an interesting final table for poker purists, even if the storylines are simply not there. So for those of you wondering just who these nine players are and what they have accomplished in poker here is a quick rundown of the 2012 October Nine.

Here is a look at the two players in the October Nine who have WSOP bracelets on their resumes, Steven Gee and Greg Merson.

* Seat 4: Steven Gee – 16,860,000

Steven Gee is the oldest remaining player at the final table, checking-in at 56 years of age, but he is also one of only two WSOP bracelet winners remaining in the field. The longtime California grinder has a number of tournament cashes in both California and Las Vegas (mostly in tournaments that measure their buy-ins in the hundreds of dollars) but his greatest triumph prior to his 2012 WSOP Main Event run came in 2010 when he won a $1,000 buy-in MLHE event at the WSOP.

Gee has one of the more interesting back stories at the final table: He was a professional poker dating back to the 1970’s before leaving the game to take on a career as a software manager. However Gee returned to poker on a full-timed basis in 2007.

* Seat 5: Greg Merson – 28,725,000

Greg Merson seems to be the “sexy” pick to win the 2012 WSOP Main Event if you follow poker on social media. Merson was the 2012 WSOP bracelet winner in the $10k 6-max NLHE tournament, winning over $1.1 million. Merson is a young online grinder (who moved to Canada after Black Friday to continue plying his chosen trade) and with a healthy stack could very well be the next WSOP champion.

So there you have it, a complete look at the nine players that will make up the 2012 World Series of Poker October Nine, and will battle for the prestigious title of 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion.


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