The New Young Gun In Poker Scene

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Jason Mercier is one of the premier top poker players currently. He has had several big wins and strong cash finishes in live and online poker tournaments alike. But aside from that, he is also a very good cash game player. Jason Mercier undoubtedly is emerging as one of the hottest young stars in recent times.

Originally from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, Jason Mercier, like so many of his peers, was first turned on to poker by Chris Moneymaker and his big score at the 2003 World Series. Jason Mercier originally wanted to be a Math teacher, but thanks to Moneymaker and the opportunity to rack up the hours online at college, he decided to make a living through poker.

 While studying to become a math teacher in college, the Fort Lauderdale native discovered the world of online poker. His inspiration was Chris Moneymaker's 2003 World Series of Poker victory. (Moneymaker revolutionized the game by being the first world champion to qualify on an online poker site.) Jason followed in Moneymaker's money making footsteps and spent the next few years mastering the game online. 


When Jason Mercier arrived at college, he got his first glimpse of online poker. He then started to study the intricacies of the game, and it wasn't long before he started making improvement by leagues and bounds. He started to get consistently good results in tournaments, and also started to get very good results in his cash game play. It did not take long before he grinded his way to Supernova Elite, becoming only the 16th player ever to achieve the distinction.

2008 was the year of Jason Mercier’s coming out party at the live tournament scene. To put it in perspective, you have to realize that there are scores of players out there who make steady, consistent cashes in tournaments, but keep waiting in vain for that big score. Some, numbering in the thousands, never make it.

But poker pro Jason Mercier took down the first ever live tourney he played in. The first one. Ever. He came out of nowhere and beat the whole field of hopefuls about 700 something strong to take down the European Poker Tour San Remo event in April 2008, earning him $1,372,893 for his efforts that day.

Things took off for Jason during Season 4 of the European Poker Tour, with his first major win coming at the San Remo event in April 2008. He beat a field of 700 of the world’s best poker players, including two other Team PokerStars Pros at the final table, to win the title and take down $1,372,893 in first place prize money.

Next up was the 2009 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. He joined the elite group of players who have won both EPT titles and World Series bracelets when he won Event 5, the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha, good for $237,462. And he wasn’t done there, making three further cashes, including a fourth place at the 2009 WSOPE Main Event, taking his career winnings ever upwards and putting him in the top 100 money earners of all time. Not bad for a guy that had only been playing the circuit a year.

Away from poker, Jason loves sports – he coached high school basketball and shoots hoops with friends whenever he can find the time. He also likes going to the beach and relaxing with family.


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