Jesse Sylvia is best known in the poker community for his deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event back in 2012. Sylvia would eventually finish runner-up in that event to Greg Merson, falling just short of the dream of winning the WSOP Main Event, but still earning a healthy payday for his second place finish to the tune of $5,295,149. The 35-year-old poker pro will be playing in the Main Event again this year, though he will be doing so at a deeply discounted price after winning his seat in a WSOP.com Main Event satellite.
WSOP.com scheduled Main Event satellites every day in September, with each of these events guaranteeing one $10,000 seat. These tournaments were failing to attract interest earlier in the month with some being canceled after failing to reach the eight entrants required to launch. But as the WSOP has drawn closer, these satellites have been earning more action.
Last Sunday’s WSOP.com $215 Main Event Satellite had a field of 63 entries. Jesse Sylvia entered the event and won it, securing his spot in this year’s tournament. Sylvia has cashed in the WSOP Main Event one other time since his runner-up finish in 2012, finishing in 616th place in 2018 for $21,750.
Jesse Sylvia’s WSOP history
Prior to his second place finish in the 2012 WSOP Main Event, Jesse Sylvia had only two WSOP cashes to his name: a 175th place finish in the 2011 $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event for $2,954 and an 11th place finish for $33,418 in the 2011 $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event. Since his Main Event run, however, Sylvia has become a staple at the World Series of Poker.
Sylvia had six WSOP cashes in 2013, four in 2014, seven in 2015, three in 2016, five in 2017, eight in 2018, and nine in 2019. The poker pro has also earned his share of cashes in the last two WSOP Online Bracelet Series, with nine WSOP online cashes in 2019 and six WSOP online cashes in 2020. All together, Sylvia has 74 WSOP cashes to date for a total of $6,035,456.
The Las Vegas native is still in search of his first WSOP bracelet. Poker fans can expect to see him playing in multiple events this fall. Regardless of how the rest of the series goes, Sylvia already has his WSOP Main Event seat locked up.
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