If ever there was a model of consistency, it would be Jason Mercier. Since his breakthrough win at EPT Sanremo in 2008, his career has been a relentless tide of cashes. Not just your small-ball sums, either. No, Mercier likes it large. Yesterday, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, he chopped the $100,000 Summer Super High Roller four ways for $1,622,181, his biggest live score.
Being something of a statistics nerd, I got quite excited by that figure, because I was sure it would propel Team PokerStars Pro Mercier into the Top Ten All Time Money List, an accomplishment that would, if he ever needed it, give him yet more credibility as one of the world’s best.
Tenth spot on that list was held by Jamie Gold, mostly of course from his $12million WSOP win in 2006. Mercier needed to top him to break into the elite. After his Bellagio win this weekend, the figures looked like this
10th Jason Mercier, $12,248,202
11th Jamie Gold, $12,245,468
His sensational chop with Dan Smith, Tom Marchese and Jason Somerville was enough to sneak into the top ten by the skin of his teeth.
Many congratulations, Jason. Just so you know, another couple of hundred grand and you’ll overtake fellow Team PokerStars Pro Jonathan Duhamel in ninth. Go get him!
In case you missed it, you can also read here how Daniel Negreanu won a fortune yesterday thanks to Phil Ivey winning his bracelet.
Bellagio $100,000 Summer Super High Roller
1 Dan Smith, $2,044,766*
2 Jason Mercier, $1,622,181*
3 Tom Marchese, $1,465, 451*
4 Jason Somerville, $1,347,352*
5 Doug Polk, $602,910
6 Matt Hyman, $430,650
7 Adam Bilzerian, $344,520
8 Gabe Kaplan, $258,390
9 Chris Klodnicki, $172,260
10 Pratyush Buddiga, $172,260
11 David “Doc” Sands $172,260
* Denotes four-way chop based on chip stacks
Simon Young is the PokerStars Editor-in-Chief