Mercier has already made two significant cashes in WSOPE preliminary events and is currently in the midst of a serious drive to make the final table of the Main Event.
Amazingly it’s familiar territory for Mercier as he finished fourth in the 2009 WSOPE Main Event. Including his eventual cash in this year’s Main Event Mercier is second all-time in WSOPE cashes with seven.
The 25-year-old had trouble putting his finger on the reason why he does so well at the WSOPE.
“It might just be random but it’s nice to come to places where you’ve ran well and gone deep before,” he said.
“You feel like you might have good energy. I definitely feel like I’m playing well and running well in this event.”
Turnaround Began with WCOOP Win
In truth the Mercier turnaround may have started earlier in the month when he took down a WCOOP $10k 8-Game event for $253k.
“It was a bit of a relief for sure,” he said. “My last big win was December of last year so I think it definitely gave me some momentum coming to WSOPE.
Mercier, who has nearly $8 million in lifetime tournament earnings, received some criticism from fellow pros earlier in the month when he took to Twitter to voice his dissatisfaction at how he’d been running this year.
The Team PokerStars Pro admitted the long hours in tournament poker have a way of getting to you.
“You play these tournaments for so long, so many hours, that it can get very frustrating when you’re running bad,” he said. “Things can snowball sometimes.”
The WSOPE may be Mercier’s last chance for redemption this year.
He will head to PokerStars EPT San Remo after this event but beyond that he’s considering taking the rest of the year off from the poker circuit.
Stay tuned to PokerListings for an eventual recap of Mercier's effort to make the final table of eight here at the WSOPE in Cannes, France.