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Jason Mercier Wins 2016 WSOP $10,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Championship

29-Year-Old Poker Pro Wins Fourth Gold Bracelet and $273,335


Jason Mercier defeated a field of 100 players in the 2016 World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit deuce-to-seven lowball championship, capturing his fourth gold bracelet and the first-place prize of $273,335.

“I’d say this was the second best of the four,” Mercier told WSOP reporters when asked where this victory ranks among titles at the series. “The first one you get is always the most special. But I have been wanting to win this event for a long time and to get here against this kind of field was really nice. It also helps that I had lots of side action riding on winning a bracelet this year.”

The 29-year-old poker pro did indeed have extensive side bets based around winning bracelets this summer. He had bets on winning a single bracelet, for which he says he will now collect, “More than the first place prize for this event."

He also has additional bets about winning multiple bracelets this summer.

“If I can win another really quick, it would be a sick sweat the rest of the series. Now I’m free rolling the next year,” said Mercier.

Mercier came into the final day as the chip leader among the nine remaining players, with Michael Watson the next largest stack. The two had plenty of tough competition to deal with, including WSOP bracelet winner Jesse Martin (9th – $19,953), rising French star Alex Luneau (7th – $34,522), Stephen Chidwick (6th – $46,277) and two-time WSOP bracelet winner David Grey (4th – $86,302).

In the end it came down to a heads-up battle between Watson and Mercier, with Watson holding roughly a 4-to-3 chip advantage as the match began.

Michael WatsonMercier was able to mount a quick comeback and within an hour had turned the tides to take a 2-to-1 lead of his own by the time the final hand arose. With blinds of 25,000 – 50,000 and an ante of 15,000 Watson raised to 100,000 from the button. Mercier called from the big blind and both players drew one. Mercier checked and Watson bet 200,000. Mercier check-raised all-in. Watson called all in for just over 1.5 million and tabled the 9-7-4-3-2. Mercier had him beat with the 8-6-5-4-2, winning the pot and sending Watson to the rail as the runner-up, still just shy of winning his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Mercier earned 600 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his second final table of the year and he now sits just outside of the top 100. Watson added 500 points to his total. He had previously won this year’s European Poker Tour PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, and with that title and this recent score Watson has climbed to 12th place in the POY standings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jason Mercier $273,335 600
2 Michael Watson $168,936 500
3 Lamar Wilkinson $120,025 400
4 David Grey $86,302 300
5 Benny Glaser $62,810 250
6 Stephen Chidwick $46,277 200
7 Alexandre Luneau $34,522 150

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.