We can assume that Jason Mercier, a 29-year-old professional poker player from the United States, had the best week in his career. He managed to win the $10,000 No-Limit Two-Seven Tournament and to obtain his first gold bracelet this year. He also pocketed $273,335. Then he succeeded in taking the second place in the $10,000 Razz Event. This achievement brought him 168,936 dollars.
Jason Mercier decided to participate in the H.O.R.S.E. event with a $10,000 buy-in. This tournament was also successful. He started the final round as the chip leader. Despite all obstacles on his way to this victory and his weariness after two recent events, Jason Mercier could beat over 170 opponents, collecting $422,874. This victory allowed him to get his second WSOP title this year.
To be sure, it was difficult to achieve this victory, since at the final table he faced top-level poker players, including Bryn Kenney (an 8th-place finish and $41,383), Yuval Bronshtein (a 7th-place finish and $53,729), Jesse Martin (a 6th-place finish and $71,089), Mikhail Semin (a 5th-place finish and $95,817), Adam Friedman (a 4th-place finish and $131,519), Nick Schulman (a 3rd-place finish and $183,779), and James Obst (a 2nd-place finish and $261,354).
Other famous poker players also took part in this event, including John Monette (a 9th-place finish), Randy Ohel (a 10th-place finish), Ron Ware (a 14th-place finish), Jason Somerville (a 16th-place finish), Owais Ahmed (a 17th-place finish), Daniel Alaei (a 18th-place finish), David Benyamine (a 19th-place finish), and Roland Israelashvili (a 20th-place finish).
The payout for Mercierís victory in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event allowed him to exceed 17 million dollars as total earnings for participation in poker tournaments for his entire career.
Jason Mercier will be able to get $1.8 million this summer in case of the third victory in WSOP tournaments. The total number of Mercierís gold bracelets reaches five. This means that he has already joined a list of extraordinary poker players who are five-time winners of World Series of Poker titles. We are talking about such poker celebrities as Allen Cunningham, David Chiu, John Juanda, Daniel Alaei, Berry Johnston, Scotty Nguyen, and Stu Ungar. His next victory will allow him to join 14 gamblers with six or more gold bracelets.