Jason Mercier Wins Florida High Roller Event for $750kApril 7, 2017 11:52 am
It had been a slow start to the year for Jason Mercier, with the pro having cashed just three times for $54,518. However, the Florida pro has now made up for lost time, and then some, after taking down the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $25,500 High Roller for $794,600.
The High Roller tournament took place in his native state of Florida, and attracted a good-sized field of 116 players to create a prize pool worth $2,855,000. Naturally, many of the game’s most recognizable pros turned out in force for the competition, and amongst those finishing in a top 16 money spot was Erik Seidel in 15th ($58,000), Jonathan Little in 12th ($66,700), Jake Schindler in 10th ($72,500), and Jeff Gross in 9th ($75,400).
The final table of eight also featured a formidable line up of talent, and as Mercier later commented: “The field was pretty tough. The final table was nine pros, basically.”
Mercier then got off to a blistering start by scoring a double elimination over Ari Engel (8th) and Bryn Kenney (7th), before picking up pocket queens and taking care of Olivier Busquet (10-10) in 5th.
When three-handed play was reached, Mercier (10-10) subsequently won a massive pot in which he got lucky to beat Justin Bonomo (Q-Q) and eliminate Loni Harwood (K-J) after the board hit a K on the turn and 10 on the river. Soon after, Bonomo was all-in preflop holding A-2 to Mercier’s A-Q, and with no help from the board, he finished the runner-up for $556,800, while Jason Mercier picked up his first title since June 2016 when he won the WSOP $10k H.O.R.S.E. Championship for $422,874.
Following is latest victory, the 5-times WSOP bracelet winner now boasts $18,207,390 in live career earnings, placing him at number 12 on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’. Mercier has also won a further $2,253,999 online playing under the screen name Treysfull21.
Final Table Results:
1: Jason Mercier $794,600
2: Justin Bonomo $556,800
3: Loni Harwood $348,000
4: Anthony Spinella $240,700
5: Olivier Busquet $153,700
6: Sam Soverel $113,100
7: Bryn Kenney $92,800
8: Ari Engel $78,300