Climbing back up the GPI ladder

I'm back in Florida, having returned from London a couple of weeks ago. The plan right now is to stay at home for most of November, aside from playing in one tournament in Jacksonville. I may, however, also make a trip to Montreal to play a big event there before Thanksgiving. Then in December I'll play a few different events including possibly the two Alpha8 events (in St. Kitts and Las Vegas) and also EPT Prague.

When I was in London I played a ton of cash games online whenever I had any free time away from playing in the live events. I played a ton of 8 game cash, which is very enjoyable for me and despite losing a lot the first few days, I was able to recover most of my losses by the end of the trip.

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It's interesting how going abroad to play live events is now something that almost always involves playing online, too, at least for U.S. players like me. I felt like I needed to take advantage of the opportunity to play online while I was in London. I figured I could sleep, watch television and just relax more once I got home, but while in London -- or whenever I go play in places outside the U.S. -- I should take advantage of being able to play online as much as I can.

As far as how EPT London went- I played in four big tournaments without cashing in any. I was fairly deep in the main event, but ended up making a pretty big mistake to bust out (sounds extremely rare, I know). I busted around 50 spots from the money. Luckily, I had a pretty big piece of someone who won big on the trip, which made the trip a profitable one.

I'm looking forward to these last live events -- the one in Jacksonville, the Alpha8s, and EPT Prague -- and hopefully putting up some results to finish the year well. I just recently moved up to No. 2 in the overall Global Poker Index rankings and I'm No. 4 currently in the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race, so if I can string together a couple of scores I know I have a chance at moving up in both of those. I'm looking forward to regaining that number one spot!

Jason Mercier is a member of Team PokerStars Pro

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