Jason Mercier yesterday looked set for a final table finish in WSOP 2013 Event #44: $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em and a chance at a third World Series bracelet, but a grim 4.55% outdraw for the chip lead knocked the Team PokerStars Pro out in 16th for $21,773.


Jason Mercier playing at the World Series

Mercier had managed to get it all-in on a 9♣7♣3♠7♥ board with 9♠9♥ against Michael Rocco’s A♣A♠. Mercier had just two outs to dodge – and one card to come – to rake in a pot containing approximately a fifth of the chips in play. Unfortunately for the Miamian, an ace dropped on the river to send Mercier to the rail in 16th and propel Rocco onto a 3rd place finish for $229,500. Sandeep Pulusani ended up taking the bracelet for $592,684 beating Scotsman Niall Farrell heads-up.

You can’t keep a good man down. And you certainly can’t keep a good poker player down in Las Vegas: Mercier skipped over to the $111,111 One Drop tournament to chance his arm at that tournament instead. A min-cash there pays $173,723 for a 24th place finish and Mercier holds 160,000 going into Day 2, one of the shorter stacks of the 108 players that made it through from the 166 that entered.

Read Mercier’s blog about Heating up to win a bracelet here.

is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. WSOP photo courtesy of PokerPhotoArchive.


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