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O'Brien on Brink of Bracelet, Mercier in PLO Final Six
A great day at the World Series of Poker Europe for the Jason Mercier stable could get even better tomorrow with Dan O'Brien on the brink of his first bracelet and Mercier eyeing bracelet #3.
O'Brien, a longtime horse and best friend of Mercier, sits on a dominating chip lead heading into the last heads-up match of Event #3, €5,300 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed Max.
Mercier, already the owner of two WSOP PLO bracelets, also has his sights on gold with a spot in the final six of Event #4, €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha.
Danny-Darko: O'Brien on Edge of First WSOP Bracelet
The final 16 in Event #3, €5,300 NLHE Mixed-Max, got down to business quickly today with some fast and furious four-handed play.
They went so fast, in fact, that instead of playing down to the final four they went right into the semi-final heads-up matches with Dan O'Brien and Darko Stojanovic emerging victorious.
With O'Brien holding 2/3 of the chips in play by that point his inclusion in the heads-up finale was almost a given. With a 1.4m-100k chip edge on 888 rep Jason Mann, O'Brien only gave up one double up before ending things.
Frenchman Stojanovic knocked out Noah Schwartz in just one hand but will face a 1.5m-500k disadvantage for heads-up play tomorrow.
Shannon Shorr was on the wrong end of a KK-QQ cooler against O'Brien to go out in fifth. Phil Ivey also came close but busted in 10th. Tomorrow's match-up:
- 1. Dan O'Brien 1,594,000
- 2. Darko Stojanovic 507,000
Play will pick up at noon CET with hand-for-hand updates and live streaming coverage right here on PokerListings.com. A tidy €188,160 awaits the winner.
Mercier in Final Six but Helppi, Ausmus to Catch
With O'Brien in the driver's seat for his first WSOP gold it could be a big, big day for the Jason Mercier stable tomorrow.
PokerStars pro Mercier got himself in position for another PLO bracelet in Event #4, €1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha, after an up-and-down last couple of levels but will start the day as the second-shortest stack.
As we know in PLO big swings can happen so Mercier can't be counted out, although he has some talented pros to catch in Juha Helppi, Jeremy Ausmus and Jan Peter Jachtmann.
Mercier does have some extra incentive though with a €130k side bet with Phil Ivey he can cash in on. Here's how the chip counts and seating arrangement look:
- Seat 1: Jason Mercier – 81,500
- Seat 2: Jeremy Ausmus – 203,000
- Seat 3: Jan Jachtmann – 149,000
- Seat 4: Juha Helppi – 227,500
- Seat 5: Michael Schwartz – 39,500
- Seat 6: Martin Kozlov – 127,500
Tune in at 2 pm CET (8 am ET) to watch the cards-up live stream and for hand-for-hand updates.