Jason Mercier managed to beat 100 players on his way to the victory in the 2016 World Series of Poker No-Limit Deuce-To-Seven Lowball Championship with a $10,000 buy-in. This achievement allowed him to get his fourth WSOP gold bracelet. In addition, Mr. Mercier pocketed $273,335.
Mercier said that this WSOP title was the second most valuable in his career. Only his first title is appreciated by Mercier more.
The American professional poker player from Hollywood, Florida, is dreaming of winning more bracelets this year.
Mercier entered the final round as the chip leader, being ahead of the owner of the second highest number of chips Michael Watson and seven other participants. The first eliminated player was a former WSOP bracelet winner Jesse Martin (a 9th-place finish and $19,953). The seventh and eight positions in the final standings were occupied by Alex Luneau ($34,522) and Stephen Chidwick ($46,277), respectively. The 26-year-old British poker player Benny Glaser finished the tournament in the fifth place. His payout reached 62,810 dollars. He was followed by David Grey (a 4th-place finish and $86,302). The last eliminated player before the heads-up round was Lamar Wilkinson, who succeeded in earning $120,025.
In the heads-up Mercier faced Michael Watson, who had an advantage in the number of chips of roughly 30%. However, the 29-year-old Jason Mercier managed to overcome its advantage and become the chip leader. His number of chips was twice as much as the amount of his opponentís chips.
In the last hand, Mercier moved all in. Mr. Watson called. He had a nine-seven-four-three-two. The Mercierís hand contained an eight-six-five-four-deuce. These cards allowed Mercier to defeat his opponent and win his fourth bracelet.
This victory allowed Mercier to get 600 Player of the Year (POY) points. Watson managed to win 500 POY points. A player who has the highest number of such points will receive a title of the Player of the Year at the end of the poker season.