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NAPT Mohegan Sun High Roller Bounty Shootout Won By Jason Mercer

April 14th, 2010 Author:

Jason Mercer has won the NAPT Mohegan Sun High Roller Bounty Shootout, after defeating a top class field of 35 players to take down the title and earn himself a cool $450,000 in the process. The size of the field was more than offset by the quality of the entrants, such that the 23 year old American poker pro had to overcome players such as Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer, Barry Greenstein, Greg DeBora, Marcello Del Grosso, Pat Pezzin and Anh Van Nguyen on his way to securing victory at the $25,000 buy-in tournament.

As the last six players took their seats at the final table, Team PokerStars pro Jason Mercier was the chipleader but by the time the heads-up stage had been reached he and opponent Sam Stein were practically even on chips.

As a result there was plenty of play left in the tournament and the two gladiators didn’t disappoint as they battled hard against each other in a monumental four hour struggle.

Eventually, the pivotal hand came with Mercer holding pocket 3’s against Stein’s Ad-Jd. Mercer pushed all his chips into the centre pre-flop and was called by Stein who was pleased to see the flop fall Jh-6s-2s. However, Stein’s tournament took a turn for the worse as the board ran out with a 4h, followed by a 5h to complete Mercer’s gut shot straight and effectively eliminate Stein from the competition.

Commenting afterwards on his dramatic victory, Jason Mercer said: “Pocket threes were really lucky for me when I was 17 or 18 and that’s why I made my (online) name ‘treysfull,’ but I haven’t really won any enormous pots with threes until that one.”

Mercer’s $450,000 prize money was comprised of a $350,000 first place prize plus $60,000 for placing first in his Round 1 table, and seven bounties worth another $40,000. He also picked up a $25,000 entry to next HRBSO.

With his latest victory, the young poker pro from Fort Lauderdale, FL, has now amassed an impressive $4,717,838 from live tournament wins, including 9 first place finishes and a WSOP bracelet at the $1,500 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event in 2009.

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