Jason Mercier Wins EPT Monaco Event #2 For $62kMay 8, 2013 1:02 pm
The last tournament Jason Mercier won was the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100k High Roller Event in December, 2011, for $709,767. Now the Team PokerStars Pro has just broken his 15 month cold streak, after taking down the EPT Monaco €2,150 Open-Face Chinese Poker event for €48,000 ($62,860).
The 26 year old Florida pro only entered the tournament after flying in last minute by helicopter to play. Mercier then joined a tough 52 player field which included such notable pros as Shaun Deeb, David Benyamine, Luke Schwartz and Scott Seiver.
Mercier subsequently progressed all the way to the final table , where he managed to overcome Joseph Cheong (6th for €6,800), Alex Kravchencko (5th for €9,300) and Victor Ramdin in 4th (€12,700), before eventually defeating Russian Yakov Onuchin heads-up, to claim the title.
Commenting later on his victory, Jason Mercier told PokerListings; “It definitely wasn’t easy, very tough final table, the points got really high and I ran very good in the end. Both of the Russian guys that I played against played very well and you know it was tough final and I was just happy that was able to win. You know you get tired of playing Hold’em or Omaha over, over and over and it’s really nice to have different tournaments and OFC is a new fad in poker so it’s fun to be able to play it also.”
With his win at the Open-Face Chinese Poker tournament in Monaco, Mercier now takes his live career earnings to $8,228,390, making him 31st overall on poker’s ‘All Time Money List.’ Mercier cashed in at his first tournament back in 2008 and every year since managed to win seven figure scores until last year when he won just $523,587.
“I can honestly say that 2012 was pretty brutal for me. It was my first losing year as a professional poker player,” wrote Mercier in a PokerStars blog.
This year, Mercier has set himself the goal of reaching at least $1 million in tournament cashes, and now has $117,432 to his credit. The top pro may have a way to go before he reaches his lofty target, but with the World Series of Poker starting on May 29th, he will have plenty of opportunities to add to his tally.