Most poker players dream of winning a coveted World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet atleast once in their career. Very few end up winning two WSOP bracelets in their career as the WSOP attracts all of the top professional poker players in the world and competition is always fierce.
Poker pro Jason Mercier has had a dream run at the 2016 WSOP as he has ended up winning two WSOP bracelets this month and narrowly missed out on winning his third bracelet. Mercier who is ranked on 4th on the Global Poker Index (GPI) rankings has built himself a reputation of being one of the top pros on the circuit over the years winning more than $17 million in live prize money and an additional $1.6 million in online poker winnings.
Mercier won his first WSOP bracelet at the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship and took home $273,335. He came close to winning his second bracelet playing the $10,000 Razz Championship but in the end lost to Ray Dehkarghani and took the runner’s up prize of $168,936. He made sure that he did not miss out at the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship and came up triumphs winning $422,874 and his second WSOP bracelet of the season. With such strong showings in three $10,000 buy-in events, Mercier has won over $850,000 and now has a total of 5 WSOP bracelets.
Mercier now has an impressive 50 cashouts at the WSOP and has won close to $4.5 million playing WSOP events. The poker pro from Florida will look to continue his momentum this week and see if he can add to his WSOP bracelet collection. Mercier’s peers were full of praise for his accomplishments at the 2016 WSOP.
Top poker pro Daniel Negreanu who has six WSOP bracelets said “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.”
Should Mercier manage to win another WSOP bracelet this season, he will be part of an elite list of players who have won three WSOP bracelets in a single season. There are still 30 events open at the 2016 WSOP and Mercier could end up breaking the record.