Jason Mercier is on an incredible heater in May thanks to his performance at the 2013 EPT Grand Final. He won a €2,000 Open Face Chinese Poker tournament ($62,940), placed seventh in the EPT Grand Final Main Event ($179,642), and took second in the €98,000 Super High Roller ($1,462,964).
Perhaps fueled by all of this recent success, Mercier has decided to make a risky prop bet. He announced through twitter that he’ll be taking 3-1 odds on if he can win a gold bracelet at the 2013 WSOP. Here’s the original tweet:
Looking for action at 3 to 1 on winning a bracelet this summer. Also willing to bet on myself vs almost anyone and lay small odds…
Mercier would later tweet that he won’t lay odds against Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey or Daniel Negreanu. But for everybody else that he’ll be taking action from, the minimum bet to get involved is $3,000, which, if successful, would earn the bettor $1,000 in profit.
It’s difficult to gauge exactly what Mercier’s chances are of winning a bracelet this year. He usually plays a pretty grueling schedule that includes 30+ tournaments over the course of the WSOP. So the volume is definitely there for him to win.
Mercier also has history on his side when it comes to this bet. In five full years of playing live poker tournaments, he’s managed to win two gold bracelets. Considering the 3-1 odds that he’s giving people to bet against him, this is definitely a good deal for the Florida native.
One more thing worth mentioning here is that Mercier is pretty well-versed in all poker disciplines. So he should be able to go deep in some of the more obscure poker variations that have smaller fields.
The 2013 WSOP kicks off on May 28th, and it’ll be interesting to see how Mercier fares in his bid to win this prop bet and a bracelet.