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Jason Mercier Wins NAPT Mohegan Sun High Roller Bounty Shootout

The Team PokerStars pro Takes Home the Top Prize Worth $350,000 and he also claimed Seven Bounties


Jason Mercier Winner Photography by Joe Giron/NAPTThe final table contestants in the PokerStars North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun $25,000 high roller bounty shootout took their seats at noon EDT today and both the NAPT Live and ESPN cameras were rolling to capture the action. What they saw was one of the most exciting final tables of the year. Team PokerStars pro Jason Mercier (pictured right) dominated play early at the final table, but Sam Stein rose up to challenge him in a heads-up final that lasted four hours. There were three exciting all-in hands played between the final two and in the end Mercier hit hands when he needed to and won the tournament on a fun day of poker in Connecticut.

Here is a look at how much money the players had won in the tournament when the final table began:

Shawn Buchanan, Canada – $80,000 ($60,000 table; $20,000 bounties)
Faraz Jaka, USA – $75,000 ($60,000 table; $15,000 bounties)
Jason Mercier, Team PokerStars USA – $75,000 ($60,000 table; $15,000 bounties)
Sam Stein, USA – $75,000 ($60,000 table; $15,000 bounties)
Luis Vazquez, USA – $70,000 ($50,000 table; $20,000 bounties)
Matt Glantz, USA – $70,000 ($60,000 table; $10,000 bounties)

The final contestants in the event had survived from a field of 35 on the first day. Everyone started from scratch with a chip stack worth 150,000 on day 2 and blinds began at 600-1,200 with a 100 ante. Each player had a $5,000 ante on their head when play began and all of them had an equal opportunity to win the top prize worth $350,000.

As you might have guessed with the impressive group of players that started the day, the quality of play was excellent at the final table. Faraz Jaka bluffed Luis Vazquez early on a Q-J-5-J-6 board when he reraised to 81,000 after Vazquez bet 19,000. Vazquez mucked A-J and Jaka turned over the 3Club Suit as he collected the pot.

This gave Jaka an early lead but Mercier later took it off his hands. Mercier four-bet preflop, making it 20,200 and Jaka made the call before their real confrontation took place. A flop of JHeart Suit 6Spade Suit 3Club Suit was dealt and Mercier bet 28,400 under the gun. Jaka raised to 50,000 and Mercier reraised all in. Jaka mucked and Mercier grew his stack to 221,400. Jaka was left with 167,100 after the hand.

Vazquez then doubled up through Jaka to extend six-handed play past the two-hour mark. Vazquez wasn’t so lucky the next time he moved all in with 10Club Suit 5Club Suit in the hole on a flop of 10Spade Suit 7Spade Suit 4Club Suit. Jaka made the call with KHeart Suit 10Heart Suit and the turn and river brought the 9Club Suit and the ASpade Suit. Vazquez was eliminated in sixth place and he won a total of $70,000 in the event.

Shawn Buchanan was the next player to fall in fifth place. He moved all in with the lead, holding QHeart Suit 10Club Suit in the hole on a QClub Suit 10Heart Suit 4Club Suit flop, but it was short lived. Mercier held KClub Suit 3Club Suit and he hit a fourth club on the river to win the hand. Buchanan left with $80,000 in winnings for the tournament. Matt Glantz picked an unfortunate time to move all in with pocket tens preflop an hour later because Mercier held pocket queens and he made the call. The board changed nothing and Glantz was eliminated in fourth place. He won $70,000 during his run at the tournament. Mercier’s chip lead grew to 420,000 after the hand.

Stein was able to catch up to Mercier a few hands later when he made aces full. Stein bet 9,300 on a flop of AClub Suit QHeart Suit 4Heart Suit and Mercier made the call. The turn fell 4Spade Suit, Stein bet 17,100 and Mercier called again. The river fell 2Spade Suit and this time Stein fired out 36,700. Mercier made the call and Stein turned over AHeart Suit ADiamond Suit for a full house. Mercier mucked and his stack stood at 369,000 after the hand. Stein collected the pot to grow his stack to 324,000.

Mercier regained his momentum and captured his sixth bounty when he eliminated Faraz Jaka in third place a short time later. Mercier raised to 6,900 preflop from the button and Jaka reraised all in for 71,400 from the small blind. Mercier made the call and they flipped over their cards:

Mercier: ASpade Suit 7Diamond Suit
Jaka: ADiamond Suit KClub Suit

Board: JClub Suit 10Diamond Suit 7Club Suit 9Club Suit JHeart Suit

Mercier won the hand with two pair, jacks and sevens, and Jaka exited the field. Jaka earned $80,000 during his stay at the event. Mercier clinched the title of bounty hunter with the elimination and he will get a free seat at the next high roller bounty shootout hosted at a NAPT event.

Heads-Up Chip Counts:

Jason Mercier: 468,300
Sam Stein: 406,700

Things started out even in the heads-up final and they remained that way for the first hour of the match before Mercier started to pull away. That was until Stein moved all in on an 8-6-5-8 board with 9-7 in the hole and Mercier made the call with 7-3. The river brought a 3 and Stein doubled up to 520,000 to take the chip lead. Mercier then spent the next hour pulling back to even and by the time the dinner break rolled around he had accomplished the feat.

Dinner Break Chip Counts:

Jason Mercier: 449,000
Sam Stein: 426,000

Stein caught fire after dinner and played a strong game to jump into the lead. Things then took a peculiar turn as the players played a chopped pot not once but twice before Mercier moved all in preflop with KClub Suit 10Diamond Suit. Stein made the call with AClub Suit QClub Suit and the board ran out AHeart Suit JDiamond Suit 2Spade Suit 5Spade Suit QSpade Suit. Mercier made a Broadway straight on the final card and he doubled up to survive with 300,000.

Twenty minutes later Mercier was all in once again preflop. This time he pinned his hopes on pocket threes and Stein held ADiamond Suit JDiamond Suit. The board ran out JHeart Suit 6Spade Suit 2Spade Suit 4Heart Suit 5Heart Suit and Mercier doubled up once again on a dramatic river card that made him a tournament-saving straight. This time he doubled up to 872,000 and Stein was crippled with just 13,000. Stein was able to double up once, but he was still low in chips and he was forced to call all in with 9Heart Suit 3Heart Suit in the hole. Mercier had put him all in with 10Spade Suit 6Club Suit in the hole and the board was dealt KClub Suit 8Diamond Suit 4Diamond Suit KSpade Suit 2Club Suit.

Stein was eliminated in second place and he won $75,000 during his deep run in this exciting event. Mercier was the champion and he was awarded the top prize worth $350,000. He won $450,000 in all thanks to his victory in round one and the seven bounties that he claimed during the course of the tournament.

Final-Table Results:

1st: Jason Mercier — $450,000 (7 bounties)
2nd: Sam Stein — $75,000 (3 bounties)
3rd: Faraz Jaka — $80,000 (4 bounties)
4th: Matt Glantz — $70,000 (2 bounties)
5th: Shawn Buchanan — $80,000 (4 bounties)
6th: Luis Vazquez — $70,000 (4 bounties)



over 11 years ago

Ridiculous luck.


over 11 years ago

Sam I feel your seems like every tournament I get knocked out of some idiot with a glorious absence of poker intelligence defies statistical probabilities and puts a bad beat on my ass...unfortunate for you it happened twice in such a short time with a lot of money on the line and heads up...better luck next time. No disrespect to the Jason guy but he did not deserve to win. As they say...that's poker...what the f..k does that mean anywazy? The way people make it sound it is a game you can be very good at and still suck based on final results. It is pretty much a paradoxical statement.


over 11 years ago

I think you all should look up " the Jason guy ". Just a thought. : )


over 11 years ago

I mean Mercier is a great player but he runs as lucky as Durrrrrr......yes I am jealous that not only are some of these guys very good, they also get lucky more often than not!


Dino Stacks
over 11 years ago

No one ever wants to discuss the luck factor in too much detail. Some say in the long run there is no luck...I say BullS**t! I used to keep track of my hands and stopped after getting sick how often I would lose with the best one. Not just once and awhile but tourney after tourney live and on line. Whether on the flop, turn, or river. Some of us just don't have the luck factor to go along with the poker skill. It sucks when you play great and lose 65% of the time or more with the best hand. Jason is a great player but like some of the others, Ivey, Durr, etc luck is on his side just a little more often than the rest of us and that makes a huge difference in this game.


over 11 years ago

no one person has anymore luck than anyone else, everyone bitches about their bad beats but nobody brings up the times when they suck out. congrats to jason. faraz and him were the two best in the tourney. As mago says herbie maybe u should look up "the jason guy" he's dominated in the EPT


over 11 years ago

Luck is imaginary, these guys just play aggressive and get themselves in the right position for the probabilities to take over. The cream rises and those players are perceived to be lucky, rather than accepting that the abilities these people have is what makes them good. For any long shot card the possibility of it coming out is always there no matter how lucky it is perceived to be.

Mercier is going to go down as one of the best, he owns the EPT and is now getting results in the US including a bracelet last year. That's not down to luck, most of it was good play and the probabilities helped him out now and again when he was behind.


over 11 years ago

Prieure, "Luck is imaginary?" with all due respect, you really are an idiot! I've been playing for almost 20 years and I've played with a few people who really have bad luck, who "put themselves in the right position for the probabilities to take over," and the probabilities kicked their a$$!
Luck is what seperates good players from great ones! Yes it takes skill to to get through todays tournament fields, but no player, no matter how great, will ever win a tournament purely on skill. Luck is a part of any game involving cards!