WSOP 2016: Jason Mercier's Bracelet Bets Paying Dividends

Jason Mercier is having an impressive run at this year’s WSOP, with the Florida pro having already captured a gold bracelet at the $10k 2-7 Draw Lowball event for $273,335, as well finishing runner-up at the $10k Seven Card Razz event for $168,936.
In addition to the money Mercier has won at the tables, the 29 year-old has also been cleaning up from the bunch of bracelet prop bets he placed on himself to win before the WSOP got underway at odds of 3 to 1. One player who has already felt the sting of Mercier’s success is German player Fedor Holz who lost $200,000 after Mercier picked-up his 4th career gold bracelet.
Nevertheless, Holz’s loss pales into insignificance compared to the potential losses that could be incurred by players who accepted Mercier’s odds of around 18-1 against him winning two bracelets this summer. Furthermore, Vanessa Selbst placed a $10,000 wager with Mercier at the same odds against him winning three bracelets, which caused her a great deal of discomfort when he almost made it two bracelets after finishing runner-up at the $10,000 Razz Championship.
In fact, Selbst even proceeded to hedge her own bets after Mercier won his first gold bracelet at this year’s WSOP, tweeting:
“Congrats @JasonMercier. Fun sweat. If anyone wants to lay me a price that he won’t win 2 more (I bet he WILL), accepting offers :)”
Furthermore, Selbst added a touch of controversy to matters after claiming that she had been drinking on the night she accepted Mercier’s original prop bet, and that she had tried to buy out of it soon after for $100,000. Nevertheless, Selbst appears to have now sold most of her bets, with Mike McDonald believed to have been the main purchaser. Needless to say, many pros will now be sweating the rest of the WSOP as Mercier makes a play for further bracelets, and commenting on his prospects going forward, Mercier explained:
“I’m definitely going to hop in the $10K HORSE now. I feel like I’m playing very well right now, I feel like I’m running well and there’s still plenty of big tournaments to play. I looked at the schedule this morning; $10K HORSE, $10K O8, Stud, $25K PLO, $10K PLO, $5K PLO, $50K, $100K. There’s ton of huge buy-in small field events that are very good chances to win. So if I can get myself to a couple more final tables who knows what will happen.”

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