2 Bracelets, 11 Cashes, $960k – Jason Mercier Wins WSOP Player of the Year

Jason Mercier wins 2016 WSOP HORSE Championship
Jason Mercier wins 2016 WSOP $10k H.O.R.S.E. – wsop.com
What elevates a professional poker player to an elite, exalted status? Is it winning a multi-million dollar tournament prize? Is it the number of tokens and trophies on their shelf, or the number of dollar signs next to their name? What if I told you it’s none of these things, yet all of them at once, and then some?The greatest players in the world are often remembered for their superior statistics. Phil Hellmuth is recognized for having the highest number of WSOP bracelets at 14. The legendary Doyle Brunson won WSOP Main Events in back to back years (1976, 1977) with the exact same final hand of Deuce-Seven – statistically the worst starting hand in Texas Hold’em. Daniel Negreanu is credited for topping the live poker tournament all time money list at a staggering $32,618,269.

These are all phenomenal achievements, and certainly worthy of exaltation in the eyes of the adorning poker community. But it’s not these memorable statistics that earned them such laudable reputations among their peers. That accomplishment can be summed up in one simple word – consistency.

It’s that very consistency that has earned 29 year old Jason Mercier a place among those iconic names above, as well as this year’s esteemed title of WSOP Player of the Year.

Jason Mercier 2016 WSOP Supremacy

You won’t find his name among the nobility of November Niners, but Jason Mercier’s accomplishments at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas have earned him the indisputable respect of the poker world. The young American pro cashed in 11 events this summer, adding 2 WSOP bracelet to his new total of 5 and pocketing nearly one million dollars ($960,424) along the way.

Jason Mercier entered the 2016 WSOP with three bracelets in tow, collecting his fourth with a win at the $10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship worth $273,335. Two days later he finished runner up  to Ray Dehkharghani in the $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship for $168,936, and another two days after that, Mercier was crowned victor of the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship, collecting $422,874 and his fifth career WSOP bracelet.

The young American went on to cash in seven more events before the tables wrapped up in Las Vegas, easily earning him the acclaimed title of 2016 WSOP Player of the Year – the second most coveted title the World Series of Poker has to offer, bested only by the title of Main Event Champion.

But if history has taught us anything, it’s that even Main Event Champions are easily forgotten if they lack consistency, whereas players like Hellmuth, Brunson, Negreanu and young Mercier will be remembered forever.

8 Phenomenal Years of Poker

Mercier hasn’t just been consistent at this year’s WSOP. His dependable skills have carried through each and every year of his relatively brief career, dating back to 2008, when he turned 21 years of age. He’s cashed in 139 live events in those 8 short years for a whopping $17,382,987 – an average of 17.4 cashes and  $2.17 million per year.

If that’s not consistency, I don’t know what is. And that’s only accounting for his live poker play. Let’s not forget he’s banked over $2 million playing at online poker sites, including 5 SCOOP titles and 2 WCOOP titles from PokerStars. If Jason Mercier’s career continues to be as fruitful as these first 8 years, he’ll easily shoot to the very top of the list of among world’s most legendary poker pros.

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