A proposal from boyfriend and fellow poker player Jason Mercier turned out to be the highlight of the day for poker pro Natasha Barbour at the final day of play in the 2016 World Series of Poker $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
Barbour entered the final table of the $5,000 No-Limit with six other competitors, but exited after being eliminated, falling to eventual winner Yue Du. She won $348,374 coming in third, which is her career-best performance. But what was more memorable for her was that Mercier chose the moment to pop the question. He comforted her for the loss and then saying he had to ask her something, dropped on one knee and asked her to marry him.
Mercier’s amazing run in this summer continued with Barbour saying yes to his proposal. In past few weeks at the WSOP, Mercier has won two bracelets – one for the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship winning $273,335 and the other in $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship which got him $422,874. He also finished runner-up in the $10,000 Razz Championship taking winnings of $168,936.
Mercier is widely expected to win his third bracelet which would result in him winning an outrageous bet he has with fellow poker pro Vanessa Selbst which could yield him $1.8 million. He is also said to have won undisclosed amounts in side bets for these bracelet wins. Mercier today has a total of $17,381,081 in live tournament earnings.
His now fiancée, Barbour crossed $1 million in career winnings in live tournament earnings after her recent cash-out. Originally from Lebanon, she had come to United States to study but ended up playing poker professionally and is now settled in Tampa, Florida. She started playing poker at a young age, learning to play from her grandmother and when she turned 17 she started playing for real money. Since then she has started playing both cash and tournaments.
Barbour has featured multiple times on the TV show Poker Night in America, participating in the ladies cash games. She is also the ambassador for Hard Rock Hollywood Casino in Florida. The couple have had a phenomenal run at the 2016 WSOP and have a combined total of two WSOP bracelets, five final table finishes and 17 cashes, bringing their combined tournament earnings to $1.3 million. One thing is for sure that both Mercier and Barbour will remember the 2016 WSOP not just for their wins but also because of their newly formed partnership in life.