Jason Mercier collected $273,335 in prize money and his fourth career gold bracelet after defeating Mike Watson heads-up in Event #16:$10,000 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Lowball (No-Limit) tournament, which was played out over three days and concluded yesterday on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.
"I'd say this was the second best of the four," Mercier told WSOP interviewers when asked where this victory ranks among the four gold bracelet victories. "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."
Final table results:
1. Jason Mercier $273,335
2. Mike Watson $168,936.
3. Lamar Wilkinson $120,025.
4. David Grey $86,302
5. Benny Glaser $62,810
6. Stephen Chidwick $46,277
7. Alex Luneau $34,522
8. Herezel Zalewski $26,078.
9. Jesse Martin $19,953
OTHER NOTABLE IN-THE MONEY FINISHERS (info from wsop.com):
Ant Zinno, who won a gold bracelet last year and was in the running for WSOP "Player of the Year," finished in 10th place.
Brain Hastings, winner of three gold bracelets - including two victories last year - made his deepest run of 2016, so far, by finishing 12th.
Mike Matusow, a four-time gold bracelet winner, took 13th place.
Daniel Negreanu, a six-time gold bracelet winner and member of the Poker Hall of Fame, finished in 14th place.
MEET THE LATEST WSOP GOLD BRACELET CHAMPION (info from wsop.com):
Name: Jason Mercier
Birthplace: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (USA)
Current Residence: Hollywood, FL (USA)
Marital Status: Single
Profession: Poker Player
Number of WSOP Cashes: 48
Number of WSOP Final Table Appearances: 16
Number of WSOP Gold Bracelet Victories (with this tournament): 4
Best Previous WSOP Finish: 1st (2010, 2011, 2015)
Total WSOP Earnings: $3,865,142
Personal Facts: Mercier now has four WSOP wins, 2 WCOOP titles, and 1 EPT victory