Event #9: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Size Does Matter

• Level 7: 150-300, 25 ante
Greg Merson had chip envy at the sight of Roland Israelashvili's stack, but the veteran pro rightly reminded him that at one point Merson held a bigger stack than anybody in history

Moments after taking his new seat in the Brasilia Room's Blue section, 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Merson took notice of fellow pro Roland Israelashvili's massive stack.

Sitting on more than 45,000 at the moment, Israelashvili holds 4.5 times the current average and is likely the chip leader with just under 600 players left in the field.

"You have a lot of chips there," said Merson by way of introduction. "A lot of chips."

"What do you know about a lot of chips," replied Israelashvili with a devilish grin. "How many did you have back then, one hundred million?"

"A hundred and eighty million..." said Merson, referring back to the moment he eliminated Jesse Sylvia to win the Main Event. "Something like that."

With two highly experienced pros now at the same table - one short-stacked and the other chip leader - it will be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out as the tournament continues.

Player Chips Progress
Roland Israelashvili us
Roland Israelashvili
us 45,750 1,750
Greg Merson us
Greg Merson
us 3,800 3,800

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