Jason Mercier took the chip lead at the final table after that he had eliminated both Shawn Buchanan and Matt Glantz. However, he was not the only one playing fantastic poker at the final table and soon he had to give way for another player. Sam Stein, an American poker pro who has won close to 1,4 million dollars through his career, was for sure the best player at the final table. He made very few mistakes and always seemed to have a good read on his opponents.
Anyhow, when he and Mercier were the 2 last men standing, they had quite even stacks. It nearly took 4 hours before it all came to an end. The key pot in this heads up, which gave Jason Mercier a big lead (and also the win a few hands later), was actually a coin flip. Jason went all in with pocket threes and Stein called with AJ. Stein flopped a pair of jacks and was the big favorite to take home the pot and the tournament, but Jason Mercier got really lucky as he made a straight thanks to lucky turn and river cards.
Final table results: (number of bounties next to prize money)
1st: Jason Mercier - $450,000 (7) Team PokerStars USA
2nd: Sam Stein - $75,000 (3)
3rd: Faraz Jaka - $80,000 (4)
4th: Matt Glantz - $70,000 (2)
5th: Shawn Buchanan - $80,000 (4)
6th: Luis "Bachy" Vazquez - $70,000 (4)