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Online Poker: Jason Mercier Drops Six Figures

Poker Pro Continues Losing Year In PokerStars Cash Games


Tournament wizard Jason Mercier has been having a mostly losing year on PokerStars. The past seven days were one of his worst stretches so far in 2016. The Floridian dropped just over $100,000, which has his losses on the year approaching $200,000, according to tracking data from HighstakesDB.

His “JasonMercier” screen name on PokerStars is now a $600,000 lifetime loser, with hands dating back to early 2011. He has won roughly $16.3 million lifetime in live tournaments, $530,000 of which has come in 2016. He won his third WSOP bracelet last summer.

The big winners on the week in the online world were “supernova9” ($201,000), Alex “joiso” Kostritsyn ($150,000), “Educa-p0ker” ($148,000), “steamraise” ($143,000), “wilhasha” ($117,000), “JesusLebtNOT” ($104,000) and Dan “w00ki3z” Cates ($84,000).

On the flip side, “BERRI SWEET” (-$232,000), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$165,000), “jinmay” (-$108,000), Fedor “CrownUpGuy” (-$74,000) Holz, Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (-$70,000), “Trueteller” (-$66,000) and Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz (-$61,000) all had losing weeks as well.

The largest hand of the week was played between Cates and Blom on Thursday. They each put $4,500 into the middle preflop in a hand of pot-limit Omaha with $250-$500 stakes.

The flop fell AClub Suit 6Spade Suit 5Heart Suit, and Cates fired roughly $5,000. Blom made it $15,000, and Cates called with just $50,000 behind. Blom had around $170,000 left in his stack.

The turn was the QClub Suit, and Cates checked. Blom bet $39,000. Cates shoved for not much more, and Blom called. Their cards:

Cates: ASpade Suit JClub Suit 10Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit
Blom: AHeart Suit 8Club Suit 8Spade Suit 3Club Suit

According to Card Player’s Omaha Odds Calculator, Cates’ hand wins 77.5 percent of the time.

The river was the 5Club Suit, which gave Blom a flush but it was no good against Cates’ full house. Cates raked in the six-figure pot. That hand came shortly after Blom had won a pot worth $136,000, just a couple thousand less than the largest hand of their heads-up session. But Cates was soon thereafter the winner of a third six-figure pot, this one worth $127,000, and he ended up getting the better of Blom in their battle.