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Jake Balsiger Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,799,073)

Jake Balsiger - 3rd Place

Hand #382:

Jesse Sylvia had the button. He raised to to four million, and Jake Balsiger reraised all in from the small blind for 20.3 million. Greg Merson requested a count on Balsiger's stack from the big blind, and the dealer and World Series of Poker Tournament Director Jack Effel counted it down. Then, Merson called. Sylvia folded.

Merson showed the {K-Clubs}{Q-Spades} to dominate the {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} for Balsiger. Balsiger was behind, but still had a flop, turn and river to win the pot.

The flop came down {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}, and Merson's hand held up so far. After the {J-Clubs} landed on the turn, Balsiger was down to just one more card.

The river card was the {5-Hearts}, and that officially ended Balsiger's tournament in third place. He left with a shake of his opponents' hands and a standing ovation from everyone in the Penn & teller Theatre. With his elimination, Joe Cada's record as the youngest Main Event winner has held strong, and Merson is now heads up with Sylvia for the title.

Tags: Greg MersonJake Balsiger


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