WSOP Player of the Year Honor Goes to Jason Mercier

July 21st 2016 | Ivan Potocki

WSOP Player of the Yea

Jason Mercier’s amazing run in this year’s Series was crowned with the 2016 WSOP Player of the Year title (source: poker.co.uk)

If you’ve been following this year’s World Series of Poker, then you are probably not surprised by this article’s title. Results posted by the PokerStars pro in the past forty or so days have been thoroughly impressive and Jason Mericer earned the title of the 2016 WSOP Player of the Year fair and square.

Mercier’s run was something we don’t see that often. With two WSOP bracelets, one runner-up finish, another final table, and several close calls, he made it abundantly clear that he is one of the best players out there (not that many doubted it in the first place).

Mercier’s 2016 WSOP Player of the Year Run

Before the Series got underway, Jason decided to create some extra motivation for himself, by making numerous side bets pertaining to the number of bracelets won, deep runs, etc. Although details of these bets remained largely undisclosed, the one with Vanessa Selbst garnered a lot of attention from the public. In the end, Mercier failed to win his third bracelet of the summer, which let Selbst and some others off the hook.

It all started with the $10k 2-7 Championship, where the PokerStars pro outlasted the field of exactly 100 players to take home his first bracelet of 2016 and $273,000 and change in prize money. Only days later, Mercier was once again in the spotlight, playing for another bracelet in the $10k Razz Championship event against Ray Dehkharghani. This time, however, he couldn’t outlast his final opponent and had to be satisfied with the second place finish.

WSOP Player of the Year

With two bracelets and total of eleven cashes, Mercier’s WSOP Player of the Year title comes well deserved (source: jasonmercier.com)

This did not deter Jason, who wasted no time claiming another bracelet a few days later, when he triumphed over 170 other players in the $10k H.O.R.S.E. event, coming dangerously close to locking up the WSOP Player of the Year race and keeping his goal of three bracelets during this Series well alive. We were barely through the first third of the 2016 WSOP and Jason was on the heater of the lifetime.

However, it wasn’t meant to be. The best result after the H.O.R.S.E. win was the eighth place finish in the $10k Omaha Eight or Better Championship. Despite of missing on that third bracelet, Mercer had an amazing summer in Vegas, with a grand total eleven WSOP cashes in 2016. This brought him 2,195 points in the WSOP Player of the Year race, and his total bracelet count went up to five.

The Final Sweat

Although Jason had a substantial lead over the field, there was one player who could jeopardize his claim to the throne. Paul Volpe was running deep in the Main Event and he was in a spot where he could overtake Mercier. But, Volpe’s finish in 29th place wasn’t enough to cut it.

So, despite of not winning that third bracelet, Mercier goes home happy and content. His total cashes for this year’s WSOP are just shy of a million ($960,000), he earned his first WSOP Player of the Year title, and he got engaged.

In my book’s, that count’s as one hell of a month!

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Ivan Potocki
Assistant Editor and Columnist at Beat The Fish
Ivan first started playing poker in 2006 and played professionally from 2010-2013. He holds a BA in English language and literature. Since joining the Beat The Fish team in 2016 Ivan has made an immediate impact, leading the news section and contributing numerous feature articles. You can reach Ivan directly at ivanpotocki@gmail.com

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