Greg Merson’s defeat at the World Series of Poker last month has experts lamenting the sorry odds of seeing a champion repeat in the WSOP tournament. Merson, last year’s tournament champion, bowed out after placing 162nd in a field of close to 6500 poker players.
According to players who were around forty years ago, the old game had less than ten entrants, and repeating was not at all impossible. This year’s odd-makers believe a complete newbie is going to come out of nowhere to win the tournament.
Merson did that very thing to win the WSOP last year, and if anything, he seemed philosophical about bowing out this year, citing the importance of the game over his career goals. He left the tournament after earning just over $42,000, not bad earnings, but how does that compare to winning over 8 million the year before? According to sources, Merson never went into poker to become famous.
Merson’s game is cash casino online poker. The first time he won money in the WSOP was in 2009 when he finished 670th from a field of 6500. He walked away with almost $22,000 in earnings. His tournament championship run last year and his win of the WSOP bracelet made him WSOP Player of the Year in 2012.