Florida’s all-time money leader, Jason Mercier, dominated the 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open this week to earn another $517,000 in the $25,400 High Roller tournament. Poker Night in America live-streamed four final tables at once, including the High Roller tournament, which attracted 83 entrants and had a prize pool of over $2 million.
“It was great, it was pretty cool what they did setting everything up,” Mercier said of the Poker Open after the tournament. “The rake was very low on this event and it drew a nice field. I think it was awesome that they were able to put a guarantee on a high roller event, which is a very rare thing.”
The last two standing were Mercier and Ian O’Hara, another Florida native. The decisive hand saw Mercier with J♡, J♧ and O’Hara A♡, K♧. The flop (2♧, J♢, K♤) gave O’Hara top pair and Mercier the set. The jacks stayed strong through the River (4♢, 7♧), allowing Mercier to walk away with the grand prize.
The Seminole tournament marked Mercier’s fourth six-figure score in a row. The others were a $633,357 cash at the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed at the World Series of Poker; a $139,265 score in the World Series’ $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship; and a nice $572,989 prize for his runner-up finish at the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship.
Mercier’s recent hauls have vaulted him to 11th on the all-time money list; his career earnings now top $15 million. Mercier is also in his fifth week atop the overall Global Poker Index rankings.
“It definitely never gets old winning,” Mercier said. “Each tournament that I have won over the past seven or eight years has definitely had a unique feel to it. It’s a different experience every time. You’re playing sometimes different games, different people, different cities. Anytime you can win a poker tournament it feels good and I’m just glad I won this one.”
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