Jason Mercier Victorious Again For $683,767December 12, 2011 11:49 am
Jason Mercier has triumphed at the $100k Bellagio Super High Roller, after defeating a field of 23 players over two days to lift the title, and collect the $683,767 top prize.
Two days ago, Mercier registered late for the $100,000 event and casually declared “Might as well win this one.” At the time, the site of the prolific pro entering the tournament probably wasn’t the most encouraging sign for the gathered pros, which included Daniel Negreanu, Matt Waxman, Erik Seidel, Ben Lamb, Dan Shak, Cary Katz, Justin Bonomo and Tom Marchese.
Afterall, the 25 year-old Florida pro has an uncanny knack of seperating his opponents from their chips wherever he goes, and now has 13 first place finishes, 2 WSOP bracelets and an EPT title to his credit.
Initially, Negreanu had reservations about playing in the competition as he mentioned he was still recharging from his two month poker trip to Europe. Nevertheless, he still managed to put in a good performance until he busted in 8th after pushing his K8 suited into Isaac Haxton’s K-9o.
By the time the bubble boy Tom Marchese exited in 6th and the final table was set, the remaining players were then guaranteed at least a $192,960 payout.
However, the tournament allowed for re-entries, with two players including Roger Sippl taking advantage of the structure. Therefore, when the Californian pro was subsequently eliminated in 5th for $192,960, he had effectively managed to break-even overall.
After Justin Smith exited in 4th ($289,440), Mercier, Haxton and David Sands then chopped up the remaining prize pool three-ways, and as Mercier explained on Twitter:
“Stax are Doc 3.68, me 3.36 Ike 2.96 We did icm chop and left 105k for first and 45 for second Doc got 619k I got 604k and Ike got 582k.”
As play resumed, Isaac Haxton was the next out in 3rd and then Mercier and Sands played on for another hour before the tournament was decided. Sands later tweeted:
“Got 2nd. He won it w AA vs my 55 aip. @JasonMercier does run hot but also plays incredibly well. #veryhappy #Bellagio100k.”
With his latest victory, Jason Mercier has now amassed around $7.5 million in live tournament winnings.