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Jason Mercier bags WSOP Bracelet in Las Vegas

4/6/2009
More well-known to UK poker players after his triumph in the EPT London High Rollers event last autumn, Jason Mercier has now fully put his stamp on the US game after taking down the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event at the WSOP.

Mercier bagged himself $237,415 and a coveted gold bracelet for winning Event 5, doubling his US tournament winnings in the process. After the final table, that included WSOPE Omaha bracelet winner Dario Alioto, had whittled itself down to two players, it was Mercier left heads-up with Omaha newbie Steven Burkholder. The final hand came when all the chips went in on a board of Jh-Js-6d-Qd-Kd. Mercier’s Qc-Jd-8d-2s was good enough to beat Burkholder’s Ac-Ah-Jc-7d, the turn queen making Mercier his full house and sending the American’s fist pumping enthusiastically into the air. Burkholder took home $146,748 as the runner-up.

Meanwhile, any fears of the recession dampening poker players’ spirits seem to be certainly premature with the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament (EVENT 7) attracting 2,793 players – the 2nd event at this year’s Series that’s attracted more than 2,000 runners. So far, over the first seven events this year there have been an incredible 11,741 players - up 3,224 compared to the first seven events this time last year.
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