Mercier on track for PLO bracelet

Jason Mercier

The stack just keeps growing for Jason Mercier in the WSOP's $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event.

The PL.com pro blogger can almost completely disappear behind the massive stack of chips he's accumulated as the event continues on Day 2.

Mercier began the day as the chip leader with 81 players remaining and nothing's changed. At press time his stack towered at 300k and another 36 players had hit the rail.

The PLO event drew more than 900 entrants, giving expert Omaha players plenty of opportunities to take advantage of a large number of inexperienced opponents.

"There's not that much of a difference between the people that know what they're doing compared to the people that don't," Mercier said from his table just before the start of Day 2.

"It's just that you can exploit the advantage a little more in PLO. So many people know optimal strategy for No Limit Hold'em, but sometimes you can use your stack a little bit more in Omaha."

Dressed in all white and sitting behind his gargantuan chip stack, Mercier is one of the easiest players in the room to spot.

His recent dominance in Omaha started to take hold when he finished 8th in the PLO Championship at the Matt Stout also survived to advance to Day 2, cashing in his first-ever live PLO tournament.

"It was actually interesting for me because I don't have that much experience in PLO," Stout said. "I've played less than 100 PLO tournaments."

Stout's inexperience came into play a couple of times on Day 1, but he managed to grind it out with a short stack and make it into the money.

"I tried to bluff one of my first big bluffs of the day, and that didn't go too well," Stout said. "I've been kind of short stacked."

The event plays down to a final table today, with the final nine playing for the bracelet Wednesday.

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