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Mercier posts another EPT win
In April, Jason Mercier burst onto the poker scene by winning the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour event in San Remo, Italy. Now, less than a year later, he's picked up another significant EPT win by taking down the £1 Million Showdown in London.
The EPT London started up just at the tail end of the post-win interview.
"So when I raise with the Q-J and he shoves immediately I know he's got ace-rag or a low pair, so I'm going to take the coin flip every time."
That Q-J hand Mercier refers to is the hand that put him in the chip lead during heads-up. It wasn't long after he took the lead that he also took the win.
In the winning hand, Mercier was dealt K-Q - the same hand that had won him the San Remo event. Juanda raised from the button, and Mercier moved all-in.
Juanda called and turned over A-J, but the flop gave Jason a winning king-high straight. He picks up another £516,000 for the win, with Juanda pocketing £327,000 for second place.
The final-table results were as follows:
|1st||Jason Mercier||United States||£516,000|
|2nd||John Juanda||United States||£327,000|
|5th||Scotty Nguyen||United States||£137,500|
|6th||Isaac Haxton||United States||£103,000|
When asked if this win was particularly special because of the high-caliber playing field, Mercier said it did feel pretty special.
"I mean, there were 86 players so it was a small field, but probably 50 of the top 200 players were in this event. [I mean the] top 200 tournament players in the world in my opinion, so to get first is pretty unbelievable."
To read more about Mercier's journey to victory in the £1 Million Showdown at the EPT London, visit the Live Tournaments section.