Has Jason Mercier Gone Broke?
Jason Mercier is an American professional Poker player based out of Hollywood, Florida. The winner of a European Poker Tour Title and two World Poker Bracelets, Mercier gained an established reputation for his winning potential early on in his career. A member of Team PokerStars Pro, Mercier was named Player of the Year by Bluff Magazine in 2009. Mercier is ranked the worldwide number one by both the Global Poker Index and ESPN. Mercier holds the rank for the highest number of weeks spent at number one by the GPI Index, 84.
At the EPT, Mercier reached two final tables; the first of which was during the EPT San Remo, where he walked away with €869,000 ($1,372,893) in season four, sharing the table with web-based professional poker players, as well as Team PokerStars Pro’s Dario Minieri and William Thorson. In the season that followed, his second final table was made during the 2008 EPT Barcelona event, cashing in €227,800 ($324,946.) Throughout 2012, Mercier’s live tournament winnings exceeded a total of $7,800,000. Of those winnings, $1,850,000 was obtained via his twenty-eight cashes at the WSOP.
In October 2008 at the EPT £20,000 London High Roller Event, also known as the ‘2008 £1 Million Showdown’, Mercier left the table with £516,000 ($944,847)/ Mercier shared the final table with John Juanda, David Benyamine, Mike “Sir Watts” Watson, Isaac Haxton, Scotty Nguyen, and Isabelle Mercier.
Outspoken Tournament Guru
“I’m never folding Ace King.”
“I am one of the best PLO Tournament players in the world.”
Mercier has gained an established reputation within a relatively short time-span. With a play style that favours experimental methods and a great deal of observation, poker fans enjoy watching Jason on account of his sheer unpredictability. Mercier’s most memorable moment is likely the ‘insane’ call made during an EPT Tournament where the board was paired with straight possibilities and Mercier held a bottom pair.
Known for possessing a cavalier attitude, laid back exterior and wildly ambitious betting strategy, Mercier is a formidable player in the professional Poker arena. Often regarded as a loose cannon, Mercier succeeds in baffling the competition with an ever-altering set of play strategies.
Jason Mercier’s Top Five Tournament Cashes
– 1st place for $237,462 at the 2009 WSOP £1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
– 4th place for £267,267 ($440,620) at the 2009 WSOPE £10,000 Main Event
– 1st place for $619,575 at the 2011 WSOP $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha – Six Handed
– 6th place for $25,967 at the 2011 WSOP $2,500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
– 7th place for $10,524 at the 2011 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball
On the 21st of September 2010, in Event 42 of the WCOOP, he won his first bracelet, overtaking a total of 3122 competitors. Winning two gold bracelets in total, he reached the final tables nine times and cashed at the WSOP a total of thirty-one times. He won the 2010 NAPT Mohegan Sun $25,000 Bounty Shootout Tournament, winning $475,000. The table included Sam Stein and Faraz Jaka. In 2011 he repeated the Mohegan Sun event, winning both the event and $246,600.
So is Jason Mercier actually broke?
According to Jason, he’s only just beginning. With a string of achievements at a remarkably young age, his ambition is only fuelled by his past achievements. With no ambition of hanging up his gloves just yet, it looks like Jason Mercier’s career is only just finding its rhythm.
“I used to always say I wanted to win the Triple Crown and that was one of my biggest goals. I won an EPT and my first WSOP bracelet at such a young age, so I wanted to be the youngest person to win the Triple Crown. Now I have a lot more respect for the EPT as a tour than the WPT, it feels like it would be a lot more prestigious to be the first player to win a second EPT, rather than the 5th to win the Triple Crown. […] “I strive to be the number one player right now.”
For Mercier, the most satisfaction comes from reaching the top of his game and staying there:
“Being a professional poker player and really trying to encompass what that means over the last eight years, I’ve tried to get better and better to get to the top of the poker world, and staying on top is very challenging and motivating for me.”
In terms of Mercier’s assets, he’s very guarded on the subject. Fans and professionals alike are left to merely speculate on how much of his capital remains available for the game. With an impressive list of wins that remain relatively reserved in scope, it’s anybody’s guess as to how long Jason can keep himself grounded at his current position.
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