Merson didn't even need pocket aces to win the big prize, closing out with a king-high on his last hand.
A 24-year-old Maryland man is bringing home the win in the World Series of Poker
After competition narrowed from eight other players down to three, Laurel, Md., native Greg Merson battled through a marathon 12-hour session to win the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Merson beat 21-year-old Jake Balsinger, an Arizona State student, who hoped to be the youngest world series of poker winner ever. He was gone at 382 hands. Fellow pro poker player Jesse Silva lost at hand 399.
Merson cleans up with winnings of $8.5 million, a $100,000 gold bracelet and Player of the Year honors.