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The $50,000 Super High Roller of the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) logged in 41 entries obliterating the $1 Million guarantee by collecting $1,988,500 in the prize pool. The last player standing in the event was five-time WSOP bracelet winner Jason Mercier (cover image)!
Mercier, who is an SHRPO regular, has won two previous High Roller titles at the series, namely the $25,400 NLHE High Roller for $517,187 in 2015 and the $25,500 NLHE High-Roller for $794,600 in 2017. The Florida resident’s wife Natasha was seven months pregnant when Jason won his last SHRPO High Roller title way back in 2017. This year-round, Mercier took down his first title since 2017 in the $50K Higher Roller while his wife is yet again seven months pregnant with their second child.
“We’ve been talking about that the whole time,” said Mercier after his victory. “Even before the event, Natasha said, ‘I’m seven months pregnant. This is exactly when you won the $25K two years ago, so you have to win the $50K.’” Mercier added, “It’s kind of weird that it actually happened this way. I wish she could always be seven months pregnant, but I don’t think she wants that.”
Mercier, who is presently at the top of Florida’s All-Time Money List, had entered the final table as the chip leader and orchestrated the eliminations of Albert Daher and the eventual runner-up Franklin Fok to capture his third SHRPO title, banking a winner’s payday of $715,860!
“I won a ton of hands that I probably shouldn’t have, just because of stack sizes,” said Mercier. “I had over half the chips in play when we were seven handed, so I was playing a ton of hands and just taking advantage of spots. But I also got dealt really good hands and was able to call all ins when I was in the big blind, and those hands won.”
While Mercier has over $19.5 Million in live tournament winnings, he had not cashed in any event in over a year, following his sabbatical from poker which he took to concentrate on his family life. “I didn’t realize it until I got in the money,” said Mercier. “I hadn’t cashed in a year, so this was a really nice one to win.”
With only the top seven places assured payouts, Dan Shak became the unfortunate bubble boy when his were bested by Mercier’s which improved to a pair of aces on the flop.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Jason Mercier – 2,635,000
2. Giuseppe Iadisernia – 550,000
3. Sam Sweilem – 480,000
4. Albert Daher – 465,000
5. Manig Loeser – 465,000
6. Franklin Fok – 400,000
7. Tom Boivin – 140,000
Final Table Recap
Albert Daher was the first player to depart from the seven-handed final table when his ran into Jason Mercier’s . The runout missed both players, and Mercier’s ace kicker knocked Daher out in seventh place.
Less than ten minutes later, Sam Sweilem‘s were cracked by Giuseppe Iadisernia’s which hit a flush on the board , ending Sweilem’s run in sixth place.
German pro Manig Loeser was the next to leave the final table. Loeser’s were outlasted by Franklin Fok’s which flopped a pair of jacks, ousting Loeser in fifth place.
Down to four-handed play, Giuseppe Iadisernia‘s run came to an end on the 57th hand. He moved all-in from the button with and Fok called holding . The board showed and Fok rivered a pair of queens, eliminating Iadisernia in fourth place.
16 hands later, Tom Boivin jammed from small blind holding , and Fok called from the big blind with . The community cards bricked and Fok took down with pot with his king kicker, dismissing Boivin in third place.
The heads-up began with Jason Mercier (4,480,000 – 179 BB’s) enjoying a massive lead over Franklin Fok (645,000 – 26 BB’s). The final showdown lasted for nine hands, with Mercier emerging as the ultimate champion.
On the final hand, Fok limped for 25,000 and Mercier shoved all-in. Fok called all-in for 515,000, and both players tabled their cards.
The board ran , and Mercier’s pocket fives got him the title and the top prize of $715,860, along with the SHRPO trophy!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Jason Mercier – $715,860
2. Franklin Fok – $457,355
3. Tom Boivin – $288,330
4. Giuseppe Iadisernia – $198,850
5. Manig Loeser – $139,195
6. Sam Sweilem – $109,370
7. Albert Daher – $79,540
Content & Images Courtesy: Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open