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Maryland's Greg Merson gets emotional as he holds up the gold bracelet awarded to the Main Event winner after he outlasted a field of more than 6,000 players Wednesday to win $8.5M.

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After beating drug addiction, Maryland pro wins WSOP Main Event, $8.5M

Greg Merson, 24, outlasts a huge field to win $8.5 million and the coveted World Series Main Event bracelet less than a year after he got out of rehab.

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