Laurel, Md., man wins World Series of Poker

Greg Merson, 24, of Laurel, Md., has won the World Series of Poker main event, earning $8.53 million.

In the ninth hour of play, Jake Balsiger watches play from opponents during the World Series of Poker Final Table event, early Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

In the ninth hour of play, Jake Balsiger watches play from opponents during the World Series of Poker Final Table event, early Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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