"My table's probably average," the PokerListings.com blogger told us in between bites of fruit salad at the last level break.
"I've seen softer tables in the field but I've seen harder, too."
Mercier's on 123,000 on the break after watching his stack bounce between 95,000 and 150,000.
"I haven't had many showdowns at all," he said.
His most interesting pot didn't involve a showdown, but rather a test of fortitude against Lacay, a fearsome French pro.
"I five-bet jammed over Lacay's four-bet and induced a fold," said Mercier. "That was my most notable pot."
In a field like this there are bound to be tough players at every table, but Mercier doesn't seem daunted by any of his rivals.
"ElkY and Ludovic are tough," he said. "But ElkY hasn't played a lot of hands and Ludovic has been caught bluffing a few times.
"Matusow is a nit and there are a couple of young guys at my table who are playing as if it's their first tournament."
In fact, Mercier said his toughest opposition might not be one of the name pros, but rather an opponent with barely $200k in career cashes.
"I have a German guy, Tobias Reinkemeier - he said he's friends with Sebastian Ruthenberg - on my left who is playing really well."
Current average stack is almost 140k, but even below average, Mercier has more than 120 big blinds and is nowhere near the danger zone.
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