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Greg Merson emerges as a superstar

Updated: October 31, 2012, 1:55 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman

The river card is dealt and the biggest poker tournament in the world is over. Friends swarm the stage, looking to hug, high-five and celebrate with their champion, Greg Merson, but the champion isn't there. While a mass of humanity swarms a now-vacant seat, its occupant is on the move. Not toward those who have been cheering and chanting in support for 12 hours, but toward his devastated competitor, Jesse Sylvia.

The two embrace, understanding that nobody else can truly ...

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