After a bitter and seemingly endless three day slump, Team Pro Jason Mercier looks poised to reverse his winless drought, reaching the last 16 of the World Series of Poker $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event in the early hours of this morning.
The bad patch, which has left the American without a WSOP bracelet since Saturday, was beginning to get conspicuous. Nobody wanted to say anything but privately many were thinking the same thing: had Mercier lost his golden touch?
And who could blame them? A whole 72 hours had passed without the alert going out that he had won again, and won big. Fears had grown that this loss of form might continue into a fourth day, leaving Mercier with nothing more to show for June than two WSOP bracelet wins, another second place finish, and more than $850,000 in prize money. It seems like only yesterday Mercier was holding up his latest prize for the cameras. In fact it was the day before yesterday.
Now though the American is on the verge of turning those fortunes around. For his part Mercier, no doubt wondering if he would ever win a third bracelet of the year, put on an admirable brave face:
Bagged 444k in the 10k Omaha8 heading to day 3… 16 players left. Just below avg stack but loving my chances #AnotherDayAtTheOffice
— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) June 21, 2016
That stoic optimism is good for eighth place (of 16) and 444,000 chips. Admittedly not the first place he was used to in the good old days (um, last week), but a hint that the Mercier of yester-week might be making a return.
Play continues later today, with the likes of Matt Glantz, Daniel Alaei, Todd Brunson, Eli Elezrea, Felipe Ramos and Shaun Deeb still in contention. But all eyes will be on Mercier for the comeback of the summer.
* To be read with tongue firmly in cheek.
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.