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Jason Mercier Wins WPT Alpha8 St. Kitts $100,000 Super High Roller

American Pro Earns 19th Career Title and $727,500

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Jason Mercier topped a field of 15 total entries to emerge victorious in the 2014 World Poker Tour Alpha8 St. Kitts $100,000 super high roller no-limit hold’em main event. For the win Mercier earned $727,500 and his 19th career tournament title. With this latest score he increased his lifetime live tournament earnings to $13,456,326 and climbed into tenth place on the all time live tournament earnings list.

In addition to the title and the money the 28-year-old pro also earned 600 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was Mercier’s sixth final table finish of the year, having finished runner-up in a $100,000 super high roller at the Bellagio for $1,622,181 and second in the EPT Barcelona €10,300 no-limit high roller for another $623,682. This was Mercier’s first title of the year, however, and it was enough to catapult him into seventh place in the overall standings with 3,706 total points and year-to-date earnings of $3,506,084.

Mercier topped a small but tough field in this event, outlasting the likes of current POY race leader Daniel Colman, Antonio Esfandiari and Olivier Busquet. In the end he defeated Kathy Lehne heads-up for the title. Lehne was the first female player to ever enter a WPT Alpha8 event and thus became the first to make the money with her strong showing. In the final hand the board read QClub SuitQDiamond Suit5Heart Suit7Spade Suit8Heart Suit and Mercier bet 165,000.

Lehne moved all-in for 430,000 total with the 10Heart Suit8Diamond Suit and Mercier thought for a moment before making the call with the ASpade SuitAClub Suit. The best starting hand in hold’em had secured the pot and the title for Mercier while Lehne was sent to the rail as the runner-up, earning $436,500 for her deep run.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jason Mercier $727,500 600
2 Kathy Lehne $436,500 500
3 Tony Guglietti $291,000 400

Winner photo courtesy of WPT / Joe Giron.