WSOP 2016: Jason Mercier Captures 5th Career Bracelet

The World Series of Poker is full of surprises, and each year a player seems to go on some incredible run that sees them capture multiple gold bracelets. Examples of past three-time bracelet winners during a single WSOP performance include Phil Ivey (2002), Jeff Lisandro (2009) and George Danzer (2014).
This year’s WSOP seems to be no exception, too, and the 2016 miracle player is fast shaping up to be none other than Jason Mercier, who has already cashed in at four events, winning two and placing runner-up in a third to claim two gold bracelets, and $868,549 in prize money. Furthermore, the WSOP is not even halfway through its 69 event schedule, presenting the prospects of more Mercier magic to come this summer.
The 29 year-old Florida achieved his amazing feat over just five days of play, winning first the $10k no-limit 2-7 Lowball Championship, then finishing 2nd in the $10k Razz Championship, before finally taking down the $10k HORSE championship. In so doing he not only pushed his career earnings to $17,291,112, but he also became the
third-youngest player ever to capture 5 WSOP bracelets, just behind Phil Ivey (29 years, 4 months), and Phill Hellmuth (28 years, 9 months).
In addition, Mercier has made further headlines this year on account of the huge bracelet prop bets he made with his fellows pros, including Vanessa Selbst, which have already paid off handsomely. Here are some comments on Mericer’s accomplishments so far at the 2016 WSOP:
Daniel Negreanu
“I think it’s amazing and it’s the story of the summer for sure. Just the audacity to take 180-1 odds and put up $10K to win three bracelets when most people make bracelet bets in hopes of winning one… for him to go win and then come second, which is really deflating to be so close, and then jump into the next one and win that one, it’s remarkable.”
Chance Kornuth
“I’m sure he’s playing incredible and making very few or no mistakes. One of the things about being on a heater is you’re so confident that you’re able to trust all your reads. Even in these mixed games where he’s getting 12 or 13-to-1, he’s making the right folds and the right calls because he’s trusting his reads.”

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