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world has seen many faces burst onto the scene with huge results and then fade away, never to be heard from again. One day, they are
on top of the world and on the cover of every poker magazine, then recycled and replaced by the next fresh face in only a matter of
weeks. This “flash in the pan” success story is one that we’ve heard hundreds of times, probably because maintaining head-turning
results in poker is simply close to impossible. However, every so often we see the impossible accomplished by a player whose talent
and motivation perhaps exceeds even their own ambition.
Jason Mercier was born on November 12, 1986. Growing up in Florida, Mercier was an athlete at an early age and lettered in basketball,
baseball and soccer all four years of High School. He started playing poker casually when he was 16 with friends and family, but
didn’t really catch the bug until he went to college and discovered online poker at the age of 18. Like so many other budding poker
players of his generation, Mercier was intrigued by the overnight success of 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Chris
Moneymaker and motivated to make his own mark in the industry. While attending Florida Atlantic University, Mercier grinded it out
online and quickly moved up in stakes. He focused primarily on cash games in 2007 and made it to the highest and most prestigious tier
of the PokerStars VIP Programs: Supernova Elite, a title that comes with rewards and respect reserved for only the most dedicated
PokerStars players. Although Mercier had originally planned on becoming a math teacher, there was no denying that a poker career was
calling his name.
Mercier’s first major live event was at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2008, where he went home empty handed but with the itch
to play more live events. The young poker pro didn’t have to wait long to prove himself to the world. On April 1, 2008, Mercier made a
serious splash when he defeated 700 other runners to win the European Poker Tour event in San Remo, Italy for over $1.3 million.
Because of his young age and inexperience with live events, Mercier turned heads in the poker community all over the globe. Having won
his seat to San Remo through the PokerStars step program, Mercier originally planned on selling his seat, but ultimately decided to
play when he discovered a few of his online buddies were going. Winning the EPT San Remo changed everything for the young player. "I
went from a mid-stakes online cash game grinder to a live tourney grinder traveling six months a year," he said.
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After his EPT victory, Mercier was poised to have a successful World Series of Poker in 2008 and expected to crush his competitors in
Las Vegas. While the young phenom did cash three times and won over $45,000, he did not take home the bracelet he wanted so badly. "I
think I came into the Series with two much confidence, expecting to just show up and dominate," he said. "I was getting it in crushed
in marginal spots. I also wasn't playing focused, wasn't getting a good night's sleep and going out and partying the night before events."
early setback that caused him to reevaluate his poker mentality, Mercier continued to put up results on the tournament circuit,
including a 6th place finish at the EPT Barcelona for nearly $325,000 and a first place victory in the High Roller Event at the
European Poker Championships for close to $1 million. While 2008 was an explosive and insanely successful year for Mercier, he
continued to dominate in 2009 with over a dozen cashes including first places at the LA Poker Classic, the Wynn Classic, and the EPT
in London. Perhaps the highlight of 2009 for Mercier was when he finally claimed a WSOP bracelet after winning the $1500 Pot Limit
Omaha event for $237,462. He also came in 4th that year in the WSOP Europe Main Event and proved himself to be a talented mixed game
player when he finished the year out with a win in the $5000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E event at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker
Classic in Las Vegas. In 2011, he won his second bracelet at the WSOP in the Six-Handed Pot Limit Omaha event.
With consistent results spilling into 2010, including a win in the High Roller Event at the PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT)
Mohegan Sun, Mercier shows no signs of slowing down. When asked about his expectations for the future after having such an explosive
start to his career, Mercier said “Every time I do something else, I am sort of worried that that may be my last thing I do, but then
again I am happy with how I’ve been doing. I don’t really want to think that it will ever end and hopefully it won’t.” If you are
unlucky enough to find yourself seated at a table with Mercier, his resume isn’t the only thing that is sure intimidate you, as he is
known for stacking his usual mountain of chips into unusual and unique structures.
While Jason Mercier has had unbelievable success in tournaments, he also frequents the cash game tables, usually playing Pot Limit Omaha
which is his favorite game. He has said that he respects and constantly learns from his peers, particularly Daniel Negreanu, Barry
Greenstein and Antonio Esfandiari. When not playing poker, you can usually find Mercier traveling, playing basketball or golf, or
hanging out at his home in Ft. Lauderdale. He is a proud member of Team PokerStars Pro and can be found playing online under the name
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