Jason Mercier Wins WSOP $5k PLO Six HandedJune 23, 2011 7:51 am
US pro Jason Mercier has just won Event #35: $5k PLO Six Handed, after overcoming a field of 507 players over three days to capture his second career WSOP bracelet, and collect the $619,575 first place prize.
In 2009, Jason Mercier won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event, and now the 24 year-old has once again reaffirmed his status as one of the foremost tournament players in the world after picking up yet another PLO title.
The Florida resident has now earned a total of $6,169,955 from live tournaments to go with his $906,958 won playing online, and later commenting after his stunning victory at the Rio in Las Vegas, said:
“It feels awesome to win a second gold bracelet, especially in PLO. I won my first one in PLO. It just feels amazing. I’ve had so many deep runs so far at this year’s series, so it feels good to close it out.”
“This is up there. This has to be at least second and third [most memorable victory]. I’d say that San Remo is still my biggest win and most important because it was my first one ever, but this bracelet feels better than the first one.”
Despite reaching the final table as the big stack, Mercier still had to overcome an incredibly tough remaining group of players which included 4 times WSOP bracelet winner David Chiu, Mike McDonald, Joseph Ressler, Steve Merrifield and Hans Winzeler.
Eventually, Mercier went heads-up against Nicaraguan Hans Winzeler, 25, and after a swingy affair managed to close out the victory to ship the prestigious bracelet, and the $619,575 top prize.
An obviously elated Mercier said he was proud of his growing reputation in tournament poker and said he was now looking forward to moving onwards and upwards. Commenting on his status as one of the world’s top pros, Mercier said:
“It is important to me that everybody know I am one of the best. I feel like I am getting to that level if not already there. Winning tournaments, especially winning bracelets, just adds to that. I feel like if I win a third one, that’ll do even more for me. I’m just ready to play as many World Series events as I can and win as many bracelets as I can.”