WSOP 2012 - Final 3 poker players

The glittering spectacle that is the WSOP 2012 featured top poker professionals, talented newcomers and lots of showboating. And now it's come down to just 3 players from an outstanding outfit. A battle royale will ensue with the October Nine kicking off in earnest for the final stretch. The $10,000 Main Event contest is about ready to crown a winner, and players are in top gear. While the slight delay in the Main Event of this contest has ruffled some feathers, there can be no mistaking the electrifying atmosphere that is the WSOP Main Event 2012.

The poker action came thick and fast, when on Monday, the first elimination of the 9 took place. Steve Gee – the 57-year-old poker pro – was sent packing with a cheque to the value of $754,798 for his efforts. Gee has been playing poker for many years, and he performed admirably to best 6598 players who started this event, to reach the final 9.

The next man to go was Robert Salaburu. He ended up in 8th place, but he picked up an incredible payday worth $971,360. The expectations for Salaburu were certainly high, but an 8th place finish was a notable achievement. In terms of financial traders and brokers who play poker, Michael Esposito needs no introduction. This classic investor performed superbly to end up in 7th position. As a commodities broker, he certainly knows a lot about making the right decisions, and his poker acumen shone through. For his efforts, Michael Esposito took home $1.25 million. Pundits found it surprising that the next 2 players to go were poker professionals. These included the 6th placed Andras Karoknai, and the 5th placed Jeremy Ausmus. These poker professionals took home paydays to the value of $1.64 million and $2.55 million respectively.

Leading into the Final Stretch

As always, there are poker professionals who end up in the electrifying stages of the Main Event of the WSOP. Russell Thomas – an actuary by trade – made it into the final 4. His exit earned him $2.85 million. With just 3 players left to fight it out for this 1st place prize, the tension is running at an all-time high. Not only does the winner take home millions of dollars, but poker immortality awaits!

The final 3 players include the following:

  • Greg Merson the chip leader with 88 million in his chip stack
  • Jesse Sylvia is close behind with 62 million chips in his stack
  • Jake Balsiger with 47 million chips bringing up the rear

Each of these 3 poker professionals has a shot at the massive prize pool on offer. With just days to spare, the champion will be imminently crowned.