I had a really good start to the World Series this year. I finished ninth in the $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven triple draw event, cashed the $1,500 NLHE six-max, and came very close to winning my third WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 no-limit Deuce-to-Seven single draw. That event was a little disappointing for me because with five players left I had half the chips in play, yet I ended up finishing third. I really thought I was going to win that one.


I made those three cashes in the first six events I played and went on to brick the rest of the WSOP events all summer. It was really rough and I had a few close calls–I bubbled the $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw, I busted six off the money in the $10,000 Razz that George Danzer ended up winning, and I finished about ten off the money in the $5,000 PLO six-max. I didn’t feel like I was playing badly or doing anything terribly wrong, that’s just how tournaments go.

Despite the rough run, I stayed motivated and felt really good coming into the $50,000 Players’ Championship. It’s pretty much my favorite tournament of the year even though it takes four days to reach the money. I made it to Day 4 as one of the final 22 players, but was one of the shorter stacks. Only 14 would make the money. I won a few hands early and more than doubled my stack, but lost almost all of it back in a Razz pot against Brandon Shack-Harris. I fought hard to survive, but couldn’t hang on and ended up busting in 17th place. It was very disheartening, but as I always say, #ontothenextone.

The next one for me was the $5,000 NLHE event. Although I made Day 2, I busted outside the money and wasn’t planning on playing another tournament before the $1 million Big One for One Drop. However, the Bellagio ran a $100,000 Super High Roller two days before the One Drop and I decided I might as well win it.

The tournament got 87 entries and I ended up chopping it four ways with Jason Somerville, Tom Marchese, and Dan Smith. Officially, I took second place and took home $1,622,000.

That huge score made it a little easier to buy in to the One Drop, but I didn’t make it past the first day. I drew a really tough table and busted in the last level of Day 1. After the One Drop, I played a few more tournaments including the main event, which I busted on day 1.

All in all it was an interesting and profitable summer. I’m looking forward to taking some time off, before kicking off the EPT season in Barcelona!

Jason Mercier is a member of Team PokerStars Pro

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