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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 11, 2016 to Monday, June 13, 2016

Event #16: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $940,000
  • Entries: 100
  • Remaining: 0
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06/14/16 09:58:49 AM PST
 
Jason Mercier Wins $10k 2-7 NL Lowball Championship
 

 

Jason Mercier is the newest member of poker’s elite four-gold bracelet club.  He became only the 39th player in history with four or more WSOP titles to his name.  The four-gold bracelet club includes an illustrious list of legendary player, both past and present, including Bill Boyd, Puggy Pearson, Amarillo Slim Preston, Mike Matusow, Huck Seed, and others.  Now, add Mercier to that list.

The highly-accomplished poker pro from Hollywood, FL won the $10,000 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Lowball (No-Limit) tournament, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded on the ESPN main stage at the Rio in Las Vegas.  Aside from this being his fourth career title, at the relatively young age of 29, he also owns a European Poker Tour win and two victories in the World Championship of Online Poker.  His career winnings at the WSOP alone totals more than $3.8 million.

Mercier collected $273,335 in prize money, one of many big cashes during his career.  Yet oddly enough, he may have won far more money in various side bets with other poker pros which were made before the 2016 WSOP started.  Mercier wouldn’t disclose the amount of money won from this first gold bracelet win of the series, but he did divulge “it’s more than the first place prize for this event.”

Mercier went on to say he has a number of other gold bracelets still pending, including multiple win propositions.  If he wins a second WSOP title in 2016, he stands to make far more money in side bets and should he somehow get in the position to win three gold bracelets this year, some poker players are going to be in for the sweat of their lives.

“I’d say this was the second best of the four,” Mercier said when asked where this victory ranks among the four gold bracelet victories.  “The first one you get is always the most special.  But I have been wanting to win this event for a long time and to get here against this kind of field was really nice.  It also helps that I had lots of side action riding on winning a bracelet this year.”

Mercier won his victory by prevailing at a tough final table which included four gold bracelet winners – (Mercier), Benny Glaser, David Grey, and Jesse Martin.  The moment of triumph came when Mercier was up by about a 3 to 2 margin and scooped the final pot of the against Mike Watson.  Mercier tabled 8-6 low to Watson’s 9-7 low, which was the decisive hand of the tournament.  Hence, Watson after coming close many times to victory, finished as the runner up.  The highly-skilled Canadian poker player from Toronto collected $168,936 as a consolation prize.  This marked his 41st time to cash at the series.

This tourney attracted 100 entrants which created a prize pool totaling $940,000.  The top 15 finishers collected prize money.  The number of entries was up significantly over last year’s tournament, which drew 77 players.

No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball has been called “the purest form of poker.”  It’s been a staple on the WSOP schedule since 1973.  Although not played as widely as other forms of poker, it’s been a favorite game for high-stakes cash game players for many decades.

Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table

Second Place:  Mike Watson, from Toronto, Ontario continues to be on the list of “best players without a WSOP win,” although he came as close as ever in this tournament to winning what’s been an elusive gold bracelet.  Watson had the chip lead at various times during Day Three, but wasn’t able to hold it.  Watson now has three runner-up finishes at the WSOP, and nine final table appearances.  It should also be noted he won the Majestic Super High Roller at WSOP Europe in 2012, although that was not a gold bracelet event (it did pay 1 million euros).  Second place in this tournament paid $168,936.

Third Place:  Lamar Wilkinson, one of the owners of the California Grand Casino, made his sixth WSOP final table in this event.  His cashes date back to 1994.  Wilkinson now has a 2nd, two 3rds, two 4ths, and a 5th on his WSOP resume.  His payout for this nice finish came to $120,025.

Fourth Place:  David Grey, from Henderson, NV posted his second cash of the series with a deep run in this event.  The two-time gold bracelet winner hung in short stacked for five hours at the final table before finally busting out.  With this cash, which paid out $86,302, Grey officially crossed the $1 million mark in career WSOP earnings.

Fifth Place:  Benny Glaser, from Southhampton, UK ended up as the fifth-place finisher.  He also finished 12th in the $1,500 buy-in version of this tournament.  Glaser won a gold bracelet at the 2015 WSOP in Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, so he’s clearly on a big run this lowball games and looks to be a player to watch closely in future tourneys of that kind.  Glaser’s take amounted to $62,810.

Sixth Place:  Stephen Chidwick, from Deal, UK posted this third top-25 finish of the 2016 WSOP with this debut final tabe appearance.  Chidwick earned $46,277.

Seventh Place:  Alex Luneau, from Paris, France is enjoying a profitable WSOP.  He made it as far as the semi-finals in the $10K Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship.  This deep run paid $34,522.

06/13/16 08:52:27 PM PST
 
Jason Mercier Wins $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship ($273,335)
 


Jason Mercier Wins his Fourth WSOP Bracelet

Mike Watson raises to 100,000 from the button and Jason Mercier calls from the big blind.

Both draw one, Mercier checks, Watson bets 200,000, Mercier check-raises all in for effectively 1,550,000, and Watson tanks for about 60 seconds before he calls.

Mercier fans      , besting Watson's       to win his fourth WSOP bracelet.

Watson earns $168,936 for his runner-up showing.


Mike Watson - 2nd Place

06/13/16 08:48:23 PM PST
 
Jason Mercier With a 2:1 Lead
 

Jason Mercier raises to 115,000 from the button and Mike Watson calls from the big blind.

Watson draws two, Mercier draws one, Watson checks, Mercier bets 165,000, and Watson calls.

Mercier tables      , Watson mucks, and Mercier wins the pot.

Jason Mercier - 3,355,000 (67 bb)
Mike Watson - 1,650,000 (33 bb)

06/13/16 08:40:15 PM PST
 
Jason Mercier Wins With a King
 

Jason Mercier raises to 115,000 on the button and Mike Watson calls. Watson takes one card and Mercier draws two. After the draw, Watson leads out for 200,000 and Mercier calls.

Watson taps the table, indicating Mercier made a good call, and Mercier shows      . Watson mucks his hand and Mercier takes the chip lead.

Jason Mercier - 3,005,000 (60 bb)
Mike Watson - 2,000,000 (40 bb)

06/13/16 08:33:02 PM PST
 
Jason Mercier Takes the Lead
 

Jason Mercier raises to 115,000 from the button and Mike Watson calls from the big blind.

Watson draws one, Mercier stands pat, Watson checks, and Mercier bets 185,000. Watson calls.

Mercier fans      , Watson mucks, and Mercier takes the lead.

Jason Mercier - 2,805,000 (56 bb)
Mike Watson - 2,200,000 (44 bb)

06/13/16 08:24:44 PM PST
 
Mike Watson Picks Off Jason Mercier
 


Mike Watson

Mike Watson raises on the button and Jason Mercier calls out of the big blind. Mercier draws one and Watson takes two. After the draw, Mercier leads out for 140,000 and Watson thinks for almost a minute before calling.

"I have a pair," says Mercier.

Watson tables       and drags the pot with a king-queen low.

Mike Watson - 2,800,000 (53 bb)
Jason Mercier - 2,205,000 (44 bb)

06/13/16 08:21:00 PM PST
 
Jason Mercier Just About Ties It Up
 

 

Mike Watson raises to 100,000 from the button and Jason Mercier calls from the big blind.

Both players draw two, Mercier checks, Watson bets 180,000, and Mercier calls.

Watson shows       for a pair of queens, while Mercier shows       for an ace to win the pot.

The following hand, Mercier raises to 115,000 from the button and Watson calls.

Watson draws two, Mercier stands pat, and Watson check-folds to a bet from Mercier.

Mike Watson - 2,530,000 (50 bb)
Jason Mercier - 2,475,000 (49 bb)

06/13/16 08:17:00 PM PST
 
Mike Watson Puts in a Raise
 

Mike Watson raises to 100,000 on the button and Jason Mercier calls from the big blind. They both draw two cards and Mercier leads out for 145,000 after the draw.

Watson takes a few moments and then raises to 480,000. Mercier folds and Watson takes the first sizable pot of heads-up play.

Mike Watson - 3,020,000 (60 bb)
Jason Mercier - 1,985,000 (40 bb)

06/13/16 08:06:40 PM PST
 
Heads-Up Play Begins
 

 

Mike Watson - 2,880,000 (57 bb)
Jason Mercier - 2,125,000 (42 bb)

06/13/16 08:05:33 PM PST
 
Lamar Wilkinson Eliminated in 3rd Place ($120,025)
 

 

Lamar Wilkinson raises all in for 355,000 from the small blind and Mike Watson gives it some thought before he calls from the big blind.

Wilkinson draws one while Watson stands pat.

Watson tables      , while Wilkinson tables     . He squeezes his draw card, but reveals a   to pair up, ending his run in third place.

Mike Watson - 2,880,000 (57 bb)
Lamar Wilkinson - Eliminated in 3rd Place ($120,025)

06/13/16 07:54:43 PM PST
 
Mike Watson Gets Dealt a Pat Eight
 

Jason Mercier raises to 120,000 on the button and Mike Watson three-bets to 375,000 out of the big blind. Mercier calls and Watson stands pat and Mercier draws one.

Watson checks and Mercier checks behind. Watson tables       and Mercier mucks his hand.

Mike Watson - 2,050,000 (41 bb)
Jason Mercier - 2,450,000 (49 bb)

06/13/16 07:44:25 PM PST
 
Level 23 Started
 
Level:23  Blinds:25,000/50,000  Ante:15,000
06/13/16 07:39:55 PM PST
 
Back and Forth
 

Mike Watson raises to 80,000 from the button and Jason Mercier calls from the small blind.

Mercier draws two, Watson draws one, Mercier checks, and Watson bets 175,000. Mercier folds.

Mike Watson - 1,475,000 (37 bb)
Jason Mercier - 2,600,000 (65 bb)

06/13/16 07:33:36 PM PST
 
Lamar Wilkinson Picks Off Mike Watson
 

Mike Watson raises on the button to 80,000 and Lamar Wilkinson calls out of the big blind. Wilkinson draws one and Watson draws two.

After the draw, Wilkinson checks and Watson bets 150,000. Wilkinson quickly calls.

"Pair," says Watson.

Wilkinson turns over       and Watson mucks his hand.

Lamar Wilkinson - 900,000
Mike Watson - 1,550,000
06/13/16 07:29:02 PM PST
 
Mike Watson's Queen is Good
 

Lamar Wilkinson raises to 80,000 from the small blind and Mike Watson calls from the big blind.

Both players draw two and both check.

Watson shows      , Wilkinson mucks, and Watson wins the pot.

Mike Watson - 1,700,000 (42 bb)
Lamar Wilkinson - 650,000 (16 bb)

06/13/16 07:24:32 PM PST
 
Mike Watson Tops Jason Mercier
 

Mike Watson raises to 100,000 from the small blind and Jason Mercier calls out of the big blind. Watson stands pat and Mercier draws two.

Both players check after the draw and Watson shows down      . Mercier mucks his hand and Watson takes the pot.

Mike Watson - 1,550,000 (38 bb)
Jason Mercier - 2,500,000 (62 bb)

06/13/16 07:21:57 PM PST
 
Jason Mercier Extends His Lead
 

Jason Mercier raises to 80,000 from the button and Mike Watson calls from the big blind.

Both players draw one, Watson bets 150,000, and Mercier calls.

"Very big pair," says Watson.

Mercier fans       to win the pot and increase his lead.

Jason Mercier - 2,700,000 (67 bb)
Mike Watson - 1,690,000 (42 bb)

06/13/16 07:17:26 PM PST
 
David Grey Eliminated in 4th Place ($86,302)
 


David Grey

David Grey moves all in on the button for 230,000 and Lamar Wilkinson calls out of the small blind. Wilkinson draws one, Grey draws two and the cards are tabled.

Wilkinson shows      and Grey shows    . Wilkinson shows   after the draw to give him a king-low and Grey pairs his eight on the first card he sweats to leave him drawing dead. The other card is   and Wilkinson drags the pot.

Grey earns $86,302 and Wilkinson now is left three-handed with Mike Watson and Jason Mercier.

Lamar Wilkinson - 700,000 (37 bb)
David Grey - Eliminated

06/13/16 07:08:31 PM PST
 
Jason Mercier Back in the Lead
 

 

David Grey raises to 85,000 from under the gun and Jason Mercier calls from the big blind.

Both players draw one, Mercier bets 105,000, and Grey calls.

Mercier tables      , Grey mucks, and Mercier reclaims the chip lead.

Jason Mercier - 2,150,000 (53 bb)
David Grey - 430,000 (10 bb)

06/13/16 07:05:43 PM PST
 
Jason Mercier vs. Lamar Wilkinson
 

Lamar Wilkinson raises to 85,000 from the button and Jason Mercier calls from the big blind.

Mercier draws two, Wilkinson draws one, and both players check.

Mercier fans      , Wilkinson mucks, and Mercier wins the pot.

Jason Mercier - 1,780,000 (44 bb)
Lamar Wilkinson - 425,000 (10 bb)

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