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.