F5’s Thanksgiving Top 10 (2014 Edition): Number 5 – Greg Merson

Top 10 Poker Personalities We’re Thankful For – 2014

Greg Merson, the 2012 WSOP Champion and a one-time rather unwilling Main Event ambassador signed a deal to represent legal online poker site WSOP.com by doing what he does best – logging on and grinding. While that’s good news for WSOP.com (and to a certain extent online poker in general) that alone is not reason enough to be thankful for the champ.

Merson’s story is well-known. This long-time grinder who battled his own demons with addiction only to find solace and even recovery in the game we all love. Poker saved his life and in return, after winning all the money in 2012, Merson didn’t do the easy thing – shut down and disappear. He took advice from Hellmuth to heart and, in a sense, opened his own to the idea that poker kinda needs him. Poker needs a well-respected champion who is going to let his opinion be heard, will take time to talk to the media and his fans and generally promote the game of poker. In 2014 Merson’s redoubled his efforts to doing just that so much so that if you want to play with a Main Event Champ, he’s not terribly hard to find.

For helping save the game that helped save him we’re thankful for Greg Merson in 2014.

Greg Merson talks to Bluff Magazine about playing the role of ambassador

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