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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

Jason Mercier Claims WSOP $5,000 Six-Handed PLO

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The first time a Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha tournament was held at the World Series of Poker, Jason Mercier was there to take the title, the cash, and the gold bracelet.  Event #35 started with 507 players, each putting up $5,000 to vie for the title and the $619,575 1st place prize money - and, of course, the bracelet - 48 of them made the money.

The tournament ran for three days and Mercier never lost his 'I'm going to win this' look.  He built up tall towers of chips and the intimidation factor grew as high as his chip stacks. When the final table was reached, Mercier was the chip leader and was never in any danger of being eliminated.  

Mercier is no stranger to tournament play and how to go about whittling down his adversaries.  With this win he has beat the $1 Million mark in career WSOP earnings - bringing him to $1.5 Million in lifetime earning and that includes 18 cashes. He now has more than $6 Million in live earnings and his online results are reported to be just as impressive.

Former gold bracelet winners that cashed in this tournament also were:  David Chiu (4th), David “Devilfish” Ulliott (13th), Erick Lindgren (17th), Vanessa Selbst (18th), Jeff Lisandro (26th), John Kabbaj (30th), Layne Flack (31st) and Jesper Hougaard (44th).

Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott couldn't take a knockout without leaving some endearing words for Mercier when Mercier took the Devilfish and Peter Jetten out in the same hand: "the luckiest f***ing mother f***cker alive"

Down to heads-up, some thought a long night was coming up but Jason Mercier took all of that thought and threw it out the window when he raised from the button to 160,000 and Hans Winzeler answered with a reraise to 480,000.  Mercier called and they watched the flop hit the board: {9-Diamonds}{4-Spades}-[3].

Mercier bet 960,000 and Winzeler potted all-in.  Mercier snap called and turned over {Q-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{3-Spades}. Winzeler showed {A-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{J-Spades}.

The {10-Clubs} on the turn kept Winzeler in the lead with a pair of Kings but the {7-Hearts} on the river sent everyone jumping over the rail to celebrate Mercier's victory.  Hans Winzeler made it through an impressive field of pokerstars and took home $383,075 for his 2nd place finish.

On winning his second WSOP gold bracelet, Jason Mercier had this to say “It feels awesome to win a second WSOP gold bracelet, especially in PLO. I won my first one in PLO. It just feels amazing. I’ve had so many deep runs so far at this year’s series, so it feels good to close it out.”

Jason Mercier took home $619,575 in 1st place prize money, the title of a first time event, and the gold bracelet.  Congratulations Jason!

Final Table Results:

Jason Mercier
Hans Winzeler
Steven Merrifield
David Chiu
Joe Ressler 
Michael McDonald 

For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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