It may have been a great achievement for Greg Merson to win the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event but in many people’s eyes it came in a poker era that the majority would like to forget. With online gambling being made illegal in the United States it led to many of the popular late night high stakes shows to lose sponsors and have to call it quits.
If this had not have happened there is no doubt that Greg Merson would be invited to record high stakes cash games against the likes of Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson.
Luckily for Merson there is a new show to be aired called ‘Poker Night In America’ and he did indeed finally get his wish to play some televised high stakes cash games against other players that are considered among the best in their field.
According to PressBoxOnline this show was recorded on the 24th and 25th of March at the Maryland Live! Casino and they managed to get hold of Merson during a break in play to get his thoughts and reaction on being asked to play.
“I was really happy that they asked me. With the drop-off in high-stakes cash games on TV, I haven’t been able to show off my skills in that type of game”.
Other players taking part were multiple WSOP bracelet winner Tom Schneider, Scott Baumstein, WSOP Main Event runner up Steve Dannenmann, Gavin Smith, Jason Somerville and David Baker.
— Jason Somerville (@JasonSomerville) March 24, 2014
It seems that all did not go to plan for Merson in his first televised cash games however, tweeting that he in fact lost on both days. We are sure it was a great experience though and one that will eventually lead to more.
Another rough day for me @PokerNightTV but lost small and enjoyed myself the past two days. Thanks to everyone involved, hope to be back.
— Greg Merson (@GregMerson) March 25, 2014
He did make an impression at the table though and took the plaudits from fellow player David Baker who had this to say.
— David Baker (@audavidb) March 26, 2014