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By Elaina Clarke, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2012
For some people, poker is a game. For others, it's a career. To Greg Merson, it's the reason he's still alive. "As cheesy as it sounds, poker saved my life," he said. "I don't know where I'd be, if I'd even be alive, if I didn't have this passion. " Merson is 24 and has played poker since he started watching it on television in 2003. Now in his fifth year of playing professionally, he has already won a gold bracelet and is one of the nine players who have advanced to the World Series of Poker final table.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2012
Life has accelerated quickly for Laurel native Greg Merson in the wake of his $8.5 million victory last week in the World Series of Poker Main Event. As champion, Merson got to luxuriate in a free villa provided by the Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, where the tournament was held. He spent part of the day after his victory being ferried around the city in a Rolls-Royce by new sponsor IveyPoker, an online venture recently launched by the world's best player, Phil Ivey. But the former University of Maryland student nonetheless made a little time to call The Baltimore Sun and reflect on his experiences at poker's biggest event.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Even at the depths of a drug addiction that cost him a fortune and dulled his world-class poker skills, Greg Merson believed he could do something great. “He always had a lot of faith in himself,” said his father, Stan. “I never saw him lose that.” Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, the North Laurel native showed the world that his faith was well-placed, winning the $8.5 million first prize in the World Series of Poker Main Event. “He's been through a lot, and a lot of people have told him he wouldn't make it at poker,” said Stan Merson, still running on emotion as he watched a television replay in his hotel suite a few hours later.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
Even at the depths of a drug addiction that cost him a fortune and dulled his world-class poker skills, Greg Merson believed he could do something great. "He always had a lot of faith in himself," said his father, Stan. "I never saw him lose that. " Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, the North Laurel native showed the world that his faith was well-placed, winning the $8.5 million first prize in the World Series of Poker Main Event. "He's been through a lot, and a lot of people have told him he wouldn't make it at poker," said Stan Merson, still running on emotion as he watched a television replay in his hotel suite a few hours later.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
A Marylander in an Orioles shirt  just won the top prize in the World Series of Poker. Greg Merson, a pro from Laurel and University of Maryland dropout, came out on top after a marathon game against a 21-year-old college student Winning the first prize, he comes home with more than $8.53 million. The second prize wasn't too shabby either: more than $5 million. Merson's Orioles love didn't go unnoticed. Star player Adam Jones -- who's shirt Merson wore for the win -- Tweeted to him Tuesday, saying his dog Missy was rather impressed with that choice of outfit.
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October 31, 2012
One hundred miles as the crow flies. Or maybe it's the difference between a king and a queen in your poker hand. But most of Maryland is feeling pretty lucky this week, thanks to that small a break. With apologies to all those harmed by Hurricane Sandy, including residents of the flooded lower Eastern Shore and snowbound Western Maryland, the mega-storm's effects here would have been far worse had Sandy's center crossed 100 miles or so to the south. By Tuesday, we learned the advantage of being on the less powerful end of a hurricane - New Jersey and New York received far greater damage.
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By Zach Helfand, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
Greg Merson said it wasn't about the money. Really. But one million dollars isn't bad . Especially for a guy from Maryland who dropped out of college twice, a guy who threw all of his chips into professional poker only to reach the top of the sport after only a few years. Merson's win in Event 57 of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, put the promising 24-year-old in elite company. During the first hand last Friday, Merson sat at a long oval table with green felt and brown suede trim.
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By Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
Greg Merson is eight players away from a win at poker's biggest event and a prize of more than $8.5 million. The 24-year-old originally from Maryland reached the World Series of Poker main event's nine-player final table. He's in third place with 28,725,000 chips, trailing leader Jesse Sylvia by 15,150,000. The players will break until Oct. 28, when they will play the remainder of the tournament. Merson took home more than $1 million dollars after winning Event 57 of the World Series two weeks ago and is the only bracelet-winner at the final table.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2012
Life has accelerated quickly for Laurel native Greg Merson in the wake of his $8.5 million victory last week in the World Series of Poker Main Event. As champion, Merson got to luxuriate in a free villa provided by the Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, where the tournament was held. He spent part of the day after his victory being ferried around the city in a Rolls-Royce by new sponsor IveyPoker, an online venture recently launched by the world's best player, Phil Ivey. But the former University of Maryland student nonetheless made a little time to call The Baltimore Sun and reflect on his experiences at poker's biggest event.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. ** Zach Britton, making his first major league start of the 2012 season, and the Orioles' bullpen struggled in the club's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins . Brad Bergesen could be a short-term solution to the O's long-relief woes. Eduardo Encina says slumping shortstop J.J. Hardy is still the Orioles' best option at the No. 2 spot . ** Former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis will be inducted this year into the team's Ring of Honor . Second-year defensive lineman Bryan Hall is hoping to make an impact this year for the Ravens.
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October 31, 2012
One hundred miles as the crow flies. Or maybe it's the difference between a king and a queen in your poker hand. But most of Maryland is feeling pretty lucky this week, thanks to that small a break. With apologies to all those harmed by Hurricane Sandy, including residents of the flooded lower Eastern Shore and snowbound Western Maryland, the mega-storm's effects here would have been far worse had Sandy's center crossed 100 miles or so to the south. By Tuesday, we learned the advantage of being on the less powerful end of a hurricane - New Jersey and New York received far greater damage.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
A Marylander in an Orioles shirt  just won the top prize in the World Series of Poker. Greg Merson, a pro from Laurel and University of Maryland dropout, came out on top after a marathon game against a 21-year-old college student Winning the first prize, he comes home with more than $8.53 million. The second prize wasn't too shabby either: more than $5 million. Merson's Orioles love didn't go unnoticed. Star player Adam Jones -- who's shirt Merson wore for the win -- Tweeted to him Tuesday, saying his dog Missy was rather impressed with that choice of outfit.
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By Elaina Clarke, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2012
For some people, poker is a game. For others, it's a career. To Greg Merson, it's the reason he's still alive. "As cheesy as it sounds, poker saved my life," he said. "I don't know where I'd be, if I'd even be alive, if I didn't have this passion. " Merson is 24 and has played poker since he started watching it on television in 2003. Now in his fifth year of playing professionally, he has already won a gold bracelet and is one of the nine players who have advanced to the World Series of Poker final table.
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By Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
Greg Merson is eight players away from a win at poker's biggest event and a prize of more than $8.5 million. The 24-year-old originally from Maryland reached the World Series of Poker main event's nine-player final table. He's in third place with 28,725,000 chips, trailing leader Jesse Sylvia by 15,150,000. The players will break until Oct. 28, when they will play the remainder of the tournament. Merson took home more than $1 million dollars after winning Event 57 of the World Series two weeks ago and is the only bracelet-winner at the final table.
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By Zach Helfand, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2012
Greg Merson said it wasn't about the money. Really. But one million dollars isn't bad . Especially for a guy from Maryland who dropped out of college twice, a guy who threw all of his chips into professional poker only to reach the top of the sport after only a few years. Merson's win in Event 57 of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, put the promising 24-year-old in elite company. During the first hand last Friday, Merson sat at a long oval table with green felt and brown suede trim.
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By Chris Korman | November 13, 2012
Laurel native Greg Merson won the World Series of Poker Main Event recently and did so wearing an Orioles jersey modified with patches advertising his sponsors. This caused exactly no consternation on the part of the Orioles, which could come as a surprise for a team playing in an image-conscious league like Major League Baseball. It has yet to relent on its life-time ban of hits leader Pete Rose (who bet on his own team, of course). But a little card game worth nearly $9 million, in which one guy happens to wear a baseball jersey (he paid for)
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