Easy Money: Mercier Wins SHRPO 8-Game, Opponents Concede

Jason Mercier
Eye of the 8-Game Tiger too much for some.

PokerStars pro Jason Mercier winning a poker tournament is, more or less, not really news anymore.

Mercier winning a relatively small $2,000 8-Game tournament for $18,000 seems even less notable.

But when you make your final two opponents concede when they still have chips in front of them ... that's worth noting at least a little.

That's just what Mercier did to claim his first live tourney win of the year yesterday at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Showdown.

Precursor to $5m Main Event Tomorrow

According to the PokerStars blog and SHRPO live reporter Al Rash, with just two spots paid and three players left Mercier had a dominating lead.

Mercier had 225,000 of the chips in play while second and third-place had 13,000 and 8,600, respectively.

Opponents Ben Yogel and Marcello Costa felt so outmatched, in fact, Rash says they simply agreed to split the second-place money and give Mercier the win.

So much for 'a chip and a chair.' Either way Mercier was happy:

Meanwhile at the SHRPO Showdown Series, Day 2 of Event 11, a $2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout, is underway with former WSOP champs Ryan Riess and Jonathan Duhamel in the final 14.

The marquee $5m guaranteed $3,500 Main Event begins tomorrow. Three Day 1s run over Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the final table scheduled for next Wed., April 22.

Follow along with the live blog right here for updates on all events.

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