Jason Mercier Wins NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout 2011April 15, 2011 7:38 am
The PokerStars pros are really cleaning up in Connecticut lately, after Jason Mercier managed to emulate this week’s success of Vanessa Selbst and also win one of the events for the second year in a row.
Jason Mercier own success came in the NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout event, where he managed to overcome a field of 78 players over two days to reclaim the title, and collect $246,600 in prize monies.
As the $10,000 buy-in tournament played down to its last nine players, Jason Mercier found himself at a tough final table which included Eugene Katchalov, Jonathan Jaffe and Micah Raskin.
Katchalov with a flopped nut flush then picked-off Joe Sweeney’s second pair shove to eliminate him in 9th ($52,000). Later, however, Eugene Katchalov looked like he was about to hit the rail in 5th after getting his money all-in with pocket aces to Taylor Von Kriegenbergh’s pocket fives and a 5 hitting on the turn. Luckily for Katchalov an ace hit on the river and soon after a short-stacked Kriegenbergh was out in 5th ($42,000).
Jason Mercier then picked up extra chips and a bounty when Jonathan Jaffe holding A-9 shoved into Mercier’s Ac-Qc and with a clean board then falling Jaffe found himself out in 4th but $52,000 richer.
Eugene Katchalov with A-5 then eliminated Michael Pesek (A-6) in 3rd ($68,000) on an A-Q-5-7-K board to get the heads-up phase of the competition underway.
Half an hour into their battle, Katchalov was dealt 8-7 to Mercier’s T-9 with all the chips then flying to the centre of the table on a 9-8-7 flop. The situation didn’t change until the river, though, when a 10 fell to make Mercier the bigger two pair and thus relegate Eugene Katchalov to the the runner-up spot ($66,000).
Jason Mercier was then crowned the NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout Champion for the second year running and picked-up the $142,600 winner-take-all prize plus another $104,000 in bounties and bonuses.
The PokerStar pro has now earned an impressive $5,420,718 from live tournaments since his first cash in 2008.