July 7,2012 :  TWO MORE WORLD SERIES OF POKER EVENTS COMPLETED (Update)
 
Events 57 and 58 completed as excitement builds over Saturday's start of the main event
 
Two more World Series of Poker bracelets have been claimed, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money as events 57 and 58 concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas Friday.
 
A young internet pro and university drop-out from Maryland, Gregory Merson, earned his first WSOP bracelet and became an instant millionaire when he took down event 57 – the $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed competition, earning himself a career-best pay day of $1,136,197.
 
The starter field in the event numbered 474 hopefuls, with a liberal sprinkling of big names anxious to claim the big pay check.
 
The match turned out to be another protracted affair, resulting once again in an extra day being required to finalise the exciting and action-packed heads up between Merson and his more experienced rival Keith Lehr – a WSOP bracelet holder.
 
In the event, the resumed heads up, which saw Merson holding a decisive chip lead, was done and dusted in short order. Just one hand after play recommenced, Merson ousted his opponent to send him home with the runner up prize of $701,757.
 
It was Merson's biggest ever win, although he has an online victory worth $163,291.56 on his biog, the result of a win as gregy20723 on Pokerstars.
 
Other pay-outs on the final table were:
 
Shannon Shorr  $455,362  
Edward Sabat  $300,753 
Christopher Brammer  $200,502 
Andrew Lichtenberger  $140,531