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Jason Mercier Wins Second Consecutive Bounty Shootout at NAPT Mohegan Sun

Mercier Defeats Fellow Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov Heads Up for the Title


Jason Mercier Credit: Joe GironJust one day after Vanessa Selbst claimed back-to-back victories at the North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun main event, fellow Team PokerStars pro Jason Mercier accomplished the same feat, taking down the High Roller Bounty Shootout event for the second year in a row.

In 2010, Mercier defeated a field of 35 on his way to the title. This time around, he had to navigate his way through 78 strong opponents. Mercier came out on top of a final table that included the likes of Micah Raskin, Jimmie Guinther, Jonathan Jaffe, Michael Pesek and Eugene Katchalov, whom he beat heads up.

Mercier entered heads-up play having already locked up the bonus for claiming the most bounties and sat with a 3-2 chip lead. It didn’t take long for all of the chips to be shoved into the middle on a flop of 9Club Suit8Club Suit7Spade Suit.

Katchalov showed 8Spade Suit7Heart Suit for flopped two pair, but Mercier was drawing very live with 10Diamond Suit9Spade Suit for top pair and an open-ended straight draw. The turn and river fell 3Spade Suit10Heart Suit, giving Mercier the best hand and the win.

Final Table Credit: Joe GironMercier collected a total of $246,600 for his efforts. He picked up $40,000 for winning his first table, an additional $44,000 in bounties, $142,600 for winning the final table and an extra $20,000 for collecting the most bounties overall. He has also earned a free entry into the next High Roller Bounty Shootout.

Here is a look at the final table results:

1. Jason Mercier — $246,600
2. Eugene Katchalov — $68,000
3. Michael Pesek — $70,000
4. Jonathan Jaffe — $54,000
5. Taylor von Kriegenbergh — $44,000
6. Jimmie Guinther — $42,000
7. Scott Blackman — $44,000
8. Micah Raskin — $46,000
9. Joe Sweeney — $52,000