Jason Mercier became one very happy man yesterday as he took down event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit) for the fourth WSOP title of his career. His now the 39th player in history with four or more World Series of Poker titles to his name. Mercier also has a European Poker Tour and two World Championship of Online Poker titles.
The tournament attracted 100 entrants (up from 77 entrants last year) which created a prize pool totaling $940,000.
Mike Watson from Toronto was runner up in what was the closest he has ever come to winning a WSOP title. Third place went to Lamar Wilkinson, one of the owners of the California Grand Casino and fourth to David Grey a two time WSOP gold bracelet winner.
Mercier’s Bracelet Prop Bets
After winning $273,335 in prize money it emerged that Mercier won more money in various side bets that he would win a bracelet this year. Although he didn’t disclose how much, he did say “it’s more than the first place prize for this event.”
Mercier also has other bracelet bets still in play including ones that would have bigger payoffs for winning a second or third bracelet this Series.
“If I can win another (gold bracelet) really quick, it would be a sick sweat the rest of the series…now, I’m free rolling the next year,” Mercier told WSOP.com.
When asked how this win ranked out of his other WSOP take downs he said: “I’d say this was the second best of the four. The first one you get is always the most special. But I have been wanting to win this event for a long time and to get here against this kind of field was really nice. It also helps that I had lots of side action riding on winning a bracelet this year.”
Other Events Finishing Up Today
Event #14: $1500 Millionaire Maker No-Limit Hold’em will finish up today and has fifteen players left to battle it out, with Italian Alessio Dicesare as the chip leader and 888 sponsored pro Sofia Lovgren in 9th.
As Event #17: $1000 No-Limit Hold’em heads into Day 3, Danny Wong is the chip leader with 1,058,000, Roberto Romanello is second with 885,000 and Charles Carragher rounds out the top 3 with 848,000 chips.
Sixteen players will head into the final round of Event #18: $3000 H .O. R. S. E. with Jared Talarico holding the biggest stack. David “Chino” Rheem is within striking distance sitting in 3rd place and Eli Elezra is still alive as well.