WSOP 2016: Correction, make that five bracelets for Mercier
Yesterday Brad Willis reflected that Jason Mercier was in the middle of a dream summer. In the early hours of this morning Mercier proved he's in no mood to wake, winning not only his fifth career WSOP bracelet, but his second inside a week.
It came in the $10,000 HORSE event. It's one thing to win bracelets, but to win them in such prestigious and hotly contested events speaks just as much for the enormity of Mercier's achievement. To be the best you have to beat the best, and in winning this latest bracelet had to get passed James Obst in a tough heads-up battle. He managed it and in the process made himself look unstoppable.
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As Phil Hellmuth commented on Twitter, Mercier seemed to appear at the top of the chip count list in every $10,000 event.
It's worth re-capping on an amazing week.
* Mercier first won the 2-7 Lowball Championship, picking up a first prize of $272,335.
* He was soon back in action and going deep in the $10,000 Razz Championship. When he reached the final table of the poker world was convinced he was about to do it again, only for him to finish second to Ray Dehkharghani.
* Mercier then capped the week off last night with a $422,874 first prize in the H.O.R.S.E. Championship.
Poker is prone to having such moments of general shock and awe, where the poker community stands back, it's collective mouth hanging open, marveling at what they'd just witnessed. But it's hard to think of another player having quite the week that Mercier just had.
It makes you wonder what else he has in store for us.
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Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.