American poker pro Jason Mercier was studying to be a Math teacher before he made it big in the poker world. But like millions of others, he'd seen Chris Moneymaker win the 2003 World Series of Poker* for $2,500,000, and started playing at home with friends soon after. He then discovered online poker when he went away to college, and the next few years were spent mastering the game, picking up some impressive results in online tournaments along the way.
By 2008 he was ready to make his mark on the live scene, and was about to have the kind of year that most can only dream of. Thousands of poker players spend years making small but steady cashes before hitting that big score. Thousands more never make it. Jason however was skilled enough to get that life-changing payday in his first major live appearance. He came out of nowhere and beat a field of 700 other players to take down the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour (EPT) Sanremo event in April 2008, earning prize money of $1,372,893. Just six months later, he came close to picking up another EPT title when he came sixth in Barcelona, good for another $324,946. Days later the run continued, with an eighth place finish in the £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker* Europe in London, followed a month later by victory at the High Roller event at EPT London, beating a field full of poker legends for a cash of $944,847.
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At the 2009 WSOP* in Las Vegas Jason was able to continue an incredible year with four cash finishes and his first bracelet, taking the top spot in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event for $237,462. Jason then went deep at the WSOPE* in London, finishing in fourth in the Main Event for $425,158. His great year was then rounded off nicely by being named Bluff Player of the Year for his efforts. It wasn’t long into 2010 before he had his next big win, this time taking down the PokerStars NAPT Mohegan Sun $25,000 Bounty Shootout, good for $475,000. Jason then proved he could also cut it in the biggest online events when he won his first World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) bracelet for $435,862. He returned to Mohegan Sun in 2011 and won the NAPT Bounty Shootout event again, for another huge cash of $246,600, before closing out EPT Season 7 with a win at the first-ever Champion of Champions event in Madrid. Jason’s run-good continued at the 2011 World Series, where he won his second bracelet in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event for $619,575. A second WCOOP title win came in 2012, when Jason took down the $10,300 8-Game High Roller event for $253,425.
He put in a stellar performance at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final in 2013, first winning an Open Face Chinese tournament, and then taking 7th place in the Main Event. But his biggest result was to come in the $100,000 Super High Roller. Chip leader for much of the tournament, Jason eventually busted as runner-up for $1,462,964. He then added his first Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) title to his career achievements, winning an 8-Game event for $21,242.
Mid-way through the 2014 World Series in Las Vegas, Jason took time out to play a High Roller event at the Bellagio and finished 2nd for $1,622,181 - the biggest cash of his career so far. He also scored a decent result in the WSOP* itself, taking 3rd place in the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event for $99,313.
There was another epic performance at the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) in 2015, where Jason won an incredible three titles, plus two more final tables. It was good enough to bag him the Player of the Series award, notching up yet another impressive accolade, and was followed a month later by his third World Series bracelet, this time in the $5,000 6-Max Hold’em event where he banked $633,347.
Jason spends most of his waking hours playing poker, but in the time that he does get to relax, he enjoys playing basketball, going to the beach, watching all types of sport and catching up with his friends and family. Years on from the poker boom, the scene is full of tales about players who shine bright with one big tournament win, before fading back into obscurity. Jason has proven time and time again that he is the real thing. He is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and plays online using the screen name ‘JasonMercier’.
|2015 WSOP $5,000 6-Max No Limit Hold’em||June 2015||1st||$633,357|
|PokerStars SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Hold’em (High)||May 2015||1st||$178,457|
|PokerStars SCOOP $2,100 No Limit Draw (High)||May 2015||1st||$34,400|
|PokerStars SCOOP $2,100 Fixed Limit Badugi (High)||May 2015||1st||$39,200|
|WPT Alpha8 - St Kits $100,000 Super High Roller||December 2014||1st||$727,500|
|EPT Barcelona €10,300 8-Max High Roller||August 2014||2nd||$630,734|
|Bellagio $100,000 Summer High Roller VI||June 2014||2nd||$1,622,181|
|2014 WSOP $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball||June 2014||3nd||$99,313|
|PokerStars SCOOP $215 8-Game (Medium)
|PokerStars WCOOP $700 No Limit Hold’em||September 2013||3rd||$229,965|
|PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €2,000 Open Face Chinese||May 2013||1st||$62,940|
|PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €10,000 Main Event||May 2013||7th||$179,642|
|PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller||May 2013||2nd||$1,462,964|
|PokerStars WCOOP $10,300 8-Game High Roller||September 2012||1st||$253,425|
|2012 WSOPE €10,000 Main Event||September 2012||8th||$110,467|
|Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller||December 2011||1st||$709,767|
|Epic Poker League Event 1 - Main Event||August 2011||3rd||$360,970|
|2011 WSOP $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha 6-Max||June 2011||1st||$619,575|
|EPT Madrid Grand Final Champion of Champions||May 2011||1st||€50,000|
|NAPT Mohegan Sun Bounty Shootout||April 2011||1st||$246,600|
|PokerStars WCOOP $1,050 No Limit Hold’em||September 2010||1st||$435,862|
|NAPT Mohegan Sun $25,000 Bounty Shootout||April 2010||1st||$475,000|
|2009 WSOPE £10,000 No Limit Hold´em Main Event||October 2009||4th||$425,158|
|EPT London £2,500 No Limit Hold'em||October 2009||1st||$185,000|
|2009 WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha||June 2009||1st||$237,462|
|2009 WSOP $10,000 World Championship Heads-Up||June 2009||16th||$38,424|
|2009 Wynn Classic $1,000 No Limit Hold’em||March 2009||1st||$81,480|
|2009 LA Poker Classic $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha||February 2009||1st||$35,577|
|2009 LA Poker Classic $5,000 No Limit Hold’em||February 2009||4th||$71,392|
|EPT London £20,000 High Roller||October 2008||1st||$944,847|
|EPT Barcelona €8,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event||September 2008||6th||$324,946|
|2008 WSOPE £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha||September 2008||8th||$48,763|
|EPT Sanremo €4,700 No Limit Hold'em Main Event||April 2008||1st||$1,372,893|
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