Posts Tagged ‘Jason Mercier 2016 WSOP’

Jason Mercier Discusses WSOP on ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Show

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

dan-le-batard-showJason Mercier had an outstanding summer, winning two gold bracelets and the 2016 WSOP Player of the Year award. And this success earned him an invite from ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Show.

One of the biggest topics of discussion with Le Batard and his sidekick, Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, was the large number of bracelet bets that Mercier made over the summer. They were especially interested in how he bet $10,000 to win $1.8 million – a wager that he just narrowly missed out on after failing to win a third bracelet.

The hosts, who are used to discussing mainstream sports, were curious about how bracelet bets work in poker.

“How does this work?” asked Le Batard. “Is this fun?”

Mercier then outlined how the bets work, why they make poker more exciting, and how he was disappointed on not being able to secure the last bracelet that would’ve won him $1.8 million.

This prompted Weiner to ask the most-direct question of the show, mainly for the general public’s sake.

“Do you have a gambling problem?” Weiner said after hearing about the numerous bracelet bets.

“No, I don’t think so,” said Mercier. “I play poker to make money, and I gamble to make money, so it’s more of a job for me.”

Other questions that came up included what Mercier’s best moment in poker has been (winning EPT Sanremo at 21), and what his worst day in poker was (losing $1 million in a day playing cash games in Australia).

Overall, this was a pretty entertaining show because 1) it’s a national radio program, and 2) Mercier is coming off a highly successful WSOP. If you’d like to hear everything that Mercier had to say, you can listen here, and it begins in the second half of the show.

Jason Mercier Wins 2nd Bracelet in 2016 WSOP HORSE

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

jason-mercier-2-braceletsWe’re not even halfway through the 2016 WSOP, but we already have our first multi-bracelet winner. Jason Mercier grabbed his second bracelet by beating out a 171-player field in the $10,000 HORSE Championship.

This victory has a lot of implications for Mercier since it not only paid him $422,874, but also gives him five gold bracelets in his career. Beyond this, it also sets him up to win $1.8 million from Vanessa Selbst if he gets one more WSOP win this summer.

Prior to the 2016 WSOP, Selbst gave Mercier 180:1 odds that he wouldn’t win 3 gold bracelets. Given that Jeffrey Lisandro (2013) is the only player to accomplish this feat in over a decade, it seemed like a pretty safe bet for Selbst when Mercier put up $10,000. But now that he’s only one bracelet away from winning $1.8 million with over 40 events left, Selbst has to be sweating.

Aside from winning two events so far – including the Event #16: 2-7 Draw Lowball event – Mercier also finished second in the Event #20: $10k Seven Card Razz tournament.

Given Mercier’s run, it’s strange to think that he was actually struggling leading up to this event.

“I can’t explain it. Before this (year’s WSOP), I bricked like 30 tournaments in a row,” said Mercier. “I forgot how many it’s been. I also bricked the first nine WSOP events. Oh, but then I finished first, second, and first. That kinda’ makes up for it.”

As for his chances of taking down a third 2016 WSOP tournament, Mercier sees some possibilities, although he admits that it’ll be tough.

“I got to get to the final table first, but there are so many big tournaments left that have big field sizes,” he said. “They will have small fields that I think I will have an edge in. I haven’t even played a PLO event: I will have a great chance in those. There will be a lot of buzz and hopefully my friends will be around and I’ll get to take it down.”

Jason Mercier Wins 2016 WSOP $10k Lowball and Big Prop Bets

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

jason-mercier-wsop-braceletJason Mercier has won his fourth-career gold bracelet after taking down the 2016 WSOP $10k 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship along with $273,335. The Florida native beat out a 100-player field en route to the bracelet win, and survived a heads-up match with Canadian pro Michael Watson.

With the win, Mercier becomes the 39th player to earn at least four gold bracelets. His career tournament winnings now sit at $16.7 million, which ranks 11th all time.

Beyond prize money and accolades, what’s really exciting for Mercier is that his bracelet win has earned him a boatload of money on WSOP prop bets. Before the 2016 WSOP began, he tweeted the following offers:

“Looking to get 3 to 1 on winning a bracelet this WSOP (Vegas only) any takers? Lmk, will need escrow / post if I don’t know u well etc”

“Oh I’ll also do myself vs any player to win a bracelet … Will cap the action on certain players, but everyone is avail at 1st”

Mercier has already earned one gold bracelet, which has won him the 3:1 prop bet. But he has even more action riding on his ability to win a second and third bracelet.

“If I can win another (gold bracelet) really quick, it would be a sick sweat the rest of the series,” he said. “Now, I’m free rolling the next year.”

Mercier again brought up prop bets when asked by the WSOP media about where this bracelet win ranks in his career.

“I’d say this was the second best of the four,” he said. “The first one you get is always the most special. But I have been wanting to win this event for a long time and to get here against this kind of field was really nice. It also helps that I had lots of side action riding on winning a bracelet this year.”

With over 50 events still left to go, it’ll be interesting to see if Mercier can add another bracelet or two.