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.

From left, Jake Balsiger, Greg Merson, and Jesse Sylvia watch the flop after Balsiger bet all in on a hand during the World Series of Poker Final Table event, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Las Vegas. Balsiger won the pot on the hand. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

From left, Jake Balsiger, Greg Merson, and Jesse Sylvia watch the flop after Balsiger bet all in on a hand during the World Series of Poker Final Table event, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Las Vegas. Balsiger won the pot on the hand. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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