2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson has left Ivey Poker. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner was a charter member of Team Ivey and tweeted his departure.
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Want to thank Ivey poker and Phil himself for the opportunity I was given a couple years ago to be on the team, wish them the best. 2014-06-16
During the 2012 WSOP Merson's poker fame and fortune skyrocketed with his combined prize money of almost $9.7 million and his two gold bracelet wins. He also finished in 21st place for $16,850 in Event #23: $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em and in fifth place for $70,280 in Event #28: $2,500 Four-Handed No-Limit Hold'em.
The year 2013 found a slight cooling in Merson's heated WSOP races when he finished 167th for $42,990 against a field of 6,352 players while striving to defend his Main Event title.
One could say Merson's story is a true Cinderella story. After overcoming a drug addiction, giving up smoking, surviving the loss of his job due to Black Friday effects, he then hit the top of the poker world.
Merson's winning poker's most coveted event is only part of the picture of what the story of Merson is all about. He's a great poker ambassador in both cash games and tournaments — according to Merson, he will play more of both. Merson has won over $1 million in 2014 so far — he placed second in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,500 High Roller for $948,996 which accounts for a huge part of his 2014 winnings to date.
Merson has also picked up three wins at the WSOP so far this year which includes two top-15 finishes. His plans for the remainder of the WSOP include the WSOP's $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop and a bigger schedule of events are in the mix for 2014.