Mercier making history at WSOP
June 21, 2016 3:08 AM
by Patricia Chavira
On Saturday, June 11, 29-year-old Florida poker pro Jason Mercier began the run of a lifetime at the World Series of Poker.
Though he didn’t know it at the time, Mercier would go on to win Event 18, $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship.
After booking that win, he would enter Event 20, $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship, another three-day event, and come in second. But he wasn’t done yet.
On Wednesday, June 15, he entered another championship event, Event 24, $10,000 H.O.R.S.E., and in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 18, he would win his second gold WSOP bracelet of the summer.
With his father Rick in attendance, Mercier made WSOP history by winning two gold bracelets and coming in second within a seven-day span.
What makes this accomplishment even more impressive is Mercier beat the best players in the world in championship events.
No other player has achieved such success in the modern poker era. The only other players that come close to this feat are all-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth and poker legend Ted Forrest, who each won three bracelet events in 13-day spans in 1993.
On Sunday, June 19, Mercier was presented his second bracelet of the 2016 WSOP by his father Rick Mercier on Father’s Day. According to an interview on PocketFives.com, Rick explained how he had his son move out of the family home when Jason dropped out of school to play poker full-time.
After about 10 weeks of living with friends, Jason called his dad and told him he wanted to move back home. His dad allowed him to on the condition he go back to school and go back to working a part-time job he had.
As Rick looks back on that time, he believes it made his bond with his son stronger. Jason eventually finished school and qualified for the European Poker Tour in San Remo, Italy playing on PokerStars. He won that event and took home $1,372,893.
Today, Jason Mercier’s lifetime tournament earnings are over $17 million, putting him in 11th place on poker’s all-time money list. He has five WSOP gold bracelets, becoming the third-youngest player to reach that number, behind only Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey.
With only a third of the WSOP completed, there is a chance Mercier could win a third WSOP bracelet in 2016, becoming only the seventh player ever to do that.
Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: PatriciaChavira@gamingtoday.com