Less than a week after winning his fourth career gold bracelet in the $10k buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Lowball (No-Limit) tournament, Jason Mercier claimed another title (and bracelet) over the weekend for being the last man standing in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship!
The 29-year-old South Florida poker star bested a field of 171 entries (including a tough final table with Nick Schulman, Bryn Kenney and James Obst) to become the champion! Aside from the $422,874 first-place prize, some claim that he might have collected another $1.8 million thanks to side bets.
Mercier was close to elimination a number of times during the final day of play. The fact is that he was down by about a 7 to 1 margin, and only one card away from elimination during the heads-up versus James Obst. However, things turned out very well for him at the end of it all given that he won the event and his second bracelet of the 2016 WSOP.
Mercier now has 50 cashes, 18 final tables, 5 gold bracelet and $4.4 million in prize money from playing at the World Series of Poker. The 2016 WSOP is about halfway through, so don't be surprised if he wins another one in the coming weeks!
"I got to get to the final table first, but there are so many big tournaments left that have big field sizes," Mercier said. "They will have small fields that I think I will have an edge in. I haven't even played a PLO event: I will have a great chance in those. There will be a lot of buzz and hopefully my friends will be around and I'll get to take it down.
Final table results:
Place - Player - Prize
1 Jason Mercier $422,874
2 James Obst $261,354
3 Nick Schulman $183,779
4 Adam Friedman $131,519
5 Mikhail Semin $95,817
6 Jesse Martin $71,089
7 Yuval Bronshtein $53,729
8 Bryn Kenney $41,383