PCA 2012: When will it end?
Poor Jason Mercier. This is a man who has never made it to Day 2 of a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event; a man who, despite seemingly winning every other big prize on the planet, cannot seem to get off the ground here. $7.6 million in tournament winnings he may have, but PCA Main Event success has eluded him. Never before has he bagged up chips at the end of Day 1.
As Team PokerStars Pro Mercier would say on Twitter, #whenwillitend
Knowing Mercier as we do, it will surprise none of us if it ends today; he has machine-like qualities to cash big in poker tournaments, and he seems to do it with alarming regularity.
For the uninitiated, his live poker resume, peppered with big cashes, includes:
- Two World Series of Poker bracelets (2009 $1,500 PLO for $237,000; 2011 $5,000 PLO 6-max for $620,000)
- One European Poker Tour title (Season 4 EPT San Remo for $1.4 million)
- Back-to-back NAPT $25,000 Bounty Shootout titles (2010 and 2011 for a combined $721,000)
And if that's not enough, Mercier also made a big noise online when he won a PokerStars WCOOP bracelet in 2010 for $436,000. All in all, if I were the jealous type I'd be very, erm, jealous of Jason Mercier.
So how is his Day 1B shaping up today? What chance of making it through for the first time? He seemingly had a quiet enough table to start with until fellow Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis joined him. Towering Dutchman Veldhuis doubled up early, although not through Mercier, which is not something you really want to see.
But Mercier was also chipping up in the early levels, getting as high as 46,000, nicely up from the starting stack of 30,000, before his table broke. Now he shares a table with another big name, although not necessarily from the world of poker. Here is Sergio Garcia, the former golfer from Spain, who is now feeling his way across the felt rather than the fairways.
Currently Mercier has been pegged back to around 38,000. But the important thing is, as level 5 of today's nine gets under way, he's still in good shape.
Just four more levels after this one, and he'll be signing his name on a PCA Main Event chip bag for the first time.