The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson is safely through to Day 2 in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout.
Merson sent Brandon Meyers to the sidelines to give himself a massive chip advantage over Yosuke Sekiya. In the penultimate hand, Sekiya moved all-in for 2,500 chips (around eight big blinds) and Merson contemplated calling for a few moments before deciding against it.
The next hand, Merson set Sekiya all in and Sekiya called.
According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Sekiya held a narrow 57.34% to 42.14% equity advantage over the former world champion, which increased to almost 62% when the flop came into view. The turn was a game changer as the improved Merson to a straight and left Sekiya needing a king to win or an eight to split the pot. The river was the , sending Sekiya to the rail and Merson to the next round.