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Mercier Takes Second WSOP Bracelet
Jason Mercier simply won’t stop winning.
The 24-year-old Floridian poker pro outlasted a field of 507 players in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max event to take down $619,575 and a second WSOP bracelet early Thursday morning.
“This bracelet feels way better than the first one,” he said.
As expected the $5k PLO attracted one of the most talent-heavy fields of the 2011 WSOP and Mercier had to cut through a final table that included big name pros David Chiu and Michael McDonald.
Mercier then had to beat fellow Floridian Hans Winzeler to secure his second bracelet.
Although he had the rail whipped into a frenzy Mercier was calm after winning and talked about what it meant to be one of the fastest rising stars in the poker world.
“It’s important to me that everyone knows I’m one of the best,” he said. “I feel like I’m getting to that level.”
Since busting on to the poker scene in 2008, Mercier has put together one of the most impressive runs in the history of the game.
To date Mercier has won EPT San Remo, EPT London High Roller, a $1,500 WSOP PLO event, NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout, NAPT Uncasville High Roller and now the $5,000 WSOP PLO event. He also placed fourth in the 2009 WSOPE Main Event.
He now has over $6.3 million in live tournament earnings since 2008, which is more than most respected poker pros will earn in their lifetime.
This victory was particularly meaningful for Mercier as two weeks ago he watched his close friend Allen Bari win his first WSOP bracelet.
“I was super excited about Allen’s final table,” he said. “When he won that was one of the biggest rushes I’ve ever experienced.”
One might expect Mercier has earned a couple days off with his momentous victory but he mentioned he’s planning on playing tomorrow.
“I’m just trying to play as many WSOP events as I can so I can win as many bracelets as possible,” he said.