What more can we say about Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier? Well we’ve done ‘Mercier wins this’, we followed up with ‘Mercier wins that’, and now we can top it with ‘Mercier wins the other’. The young player from Florida has just added the £2,500 No Limit side event here at EPT London to his trophy cabinet… and another $185,000 to his bankroll.
Mercier’s success story shows no sign of ending. He first hit the big time when he won EPT San Remo in Season 4. Months later he final tabled EPT Barcelona, and six weeks further down the line he won the first big EPT 5 High Roller event – scooping the £20,000 buy-in showcase in London.
More results followed, and this summer he added a WSOP bracelet after winning the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event. It was just weeks after this that PokerStars announced he had joined the illustrious Team PokerStars Pro, and that seems to have just spurred on his poker even more: he chopped a side event at EPT Barcelona last month, and only last week he final tabled the WSOP-E Main Event in London, finishing fourth for $440,000.
OK, so this side event will not be among the biggest, but the prize money (it was actually £115,800) is not to be sniffed at, taking his lifetime winnings (sounds daft for a 22-year-old) to just under $4 million.
“I’m really pleased,” he said afterwards. “It was quite a fast structure and at one point early on the final table I got short but won two coin flips in a row. That got me back up and eventually when I got heads up with Bruce Atkinson I was down 2:1 in chips. But I kept chipping away at his stack and managed to take a 5:1 chip lead. I got all in first with Q-9 to his K-6 and lost, but next hand I pushed with 4-4, he called with A-2… and I won.”
Congratulations, Jason, on another fine performance.
Here are the full payouts from the event:
£2,500 NL Hold’em (147 players)
1. Jason Mercier, Team PokerStars Pro, USA, £115,800
2. Bruce Atkinson, UK, £64,200
3. Ilya Gorodetskiy, Russia, £39,200
4. Laurent Polito, France, £28,500
5. Chadi Abedelkarim, £23,200
6. Iulian Iacob, Romania, £17,800
7. Matthias Kurschner, Germany, £14,280
8. Dominykas Karmazinas, Latvia, £10,700
9. Patrick O’Connor, Ireland, £6,400
10. Robert Willis, Ireland, £6,400
11. Mohsin Charania, USA, £5,700
12. Mark Randal Flowers, USA, £5,700
13. Gilbert Abela, UK, £5,000
14. Derek Anderson, USA, £5,000
15. Alexander Keating, USA, £4,300
16. William Flood, Ireland, £4,300
If you want to hear more from Jason Mercier, here is an interview he gave by the beach to our video blogging team in EPT Barcelona…