Not since Johnny Chan did it 25 years ago has anyone won back-to-back World Series of Poker main events.
In the past decade, nobody has even come close, except for Greg Raymer finishing 25th a year after his 2004 victory. But defending champion Greg Merson is making a bid.
Last year's champion advanced along with 800 other players into the “Day 3” action of the 44th annual WSOP Main Event, according to PokerNewsDaily.com.
With over 6,200 entrants putting up $10 grand apiece this year's main event prize pot sits at a shade under $60 million. This year's main event champion will receive just under $8.4 million, at least before Uncle Sam claims his share.
Oh, yeah, and that coveted WSOP main event gold bracelet.
Through Tuesday Nick Schwarmann of Florida sat atop the chip-stack board at 413,600, followed by Jason DeWitt at 382,900; Aage Ravn at 370,900; Sergio Castelluccio at 360,500; and Rupert Elder at 342,500. Employing a wide range of poker strategies, this group will aim to conti...