Just by making it as one of the final three players at the World Series of Poker, the three remaining 20-somethings will become Nevada's newest millionaires.
Remaining are Las Vegas resident Jesse Sylvia. The 26-year-old is from Massachusetts, but decided to move to Vegas with a friend and has been making strides in the poker world ever since. Greg Merson, 24, is from Laurel, MD, and has about eight years of poker experience. And finally Jake Balsiger, who is the youngest of the youngsters at just 21 years of age. He's a senior at Arizona State and is guaranteed to walk away with millions.
Early Tuesday morning, play halted at the Rio Hotel & Casino when Russell Thomas was eliminated and placed fourth in the 2012 Main Event. He walked away with about $2.8 million. The cards will be in the air once again at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Penn & Teller Theater with live coverage on ESPN. Well, almost live. The broadcast will be on a 15-minute delay to ensure no players can find out another players card during any given hand.
The three remaining players will claim a total of more than $17.5 million. Third place walks with almost $3.8 million, second place will win more than $5 million. And first place will walk away with $8.5 million and the Gold Bracelet.
The final nine was dropped to three Monday night with only one nonAmerican at the Final Table. The only international player was 30-year-old Andras Koroknai from Debrecen, Hungary, but he was eliminated Monday night. This means it's already a lock that the 2012 WSOP winner will be an American. According to Caesar's Entertainment, players from 83 countries entered the 2012 Main Event.
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