Just try to imagine how he does it.
Imagine how Jason Mercier does what he does. Imagine how he sits down and simply decides to be Jason Mercier for an entire summer at the World Series of Poker.
What does that mean?
It means eleven in-the-money finishes. It mean two (ahem, two more) WSOP gold bracelets. It means asking the love of his life to marry him.
And it also means winning the World Series of Poker Player of the Year award.
That’s what it means to be Jason Mercier.
In total, Mercier won just short of $1 million in tournament prizes (and no small amount for his bracelet bets). Included among his winnings were bracelets in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship and $10,000 HORSE Championship. Those marked Mercier’s fourth and fifth bracelets. They also all but guaranteed him WSOP Player of the Year.
It was not a lock, however. Paul Volpe could have overtaken Mercier if he had managed to go deeper than his 29th place finish in the Main Event. Once Volpe busted, however, there was no one to take the title away from Mercier.
Since starting his career at the WSOP eight years ago, Mercier has cashed in 57 events and won more than $4.8 million just at the Rio. While an impressive feat, it barely begins to explain his lifetime $17 million in poker winnings.
How do you explain it?
You don’t. You simply accept that Jason Mercier is a phenomenon. A walking, talking, laughing, soon-to-be married poker phenomenon the likes of which we will not see anything like ever again. And now he is the WSOP Player of the Year.
Now, just imagine what he is going to do next.
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Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging. Follow him on Twitter: @BradWillis. WSOP photos by PokerPhotoArchive.com.