Facts and Figures Event #16: 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship
Prize Pool: $940.000
First Prize: $273,335
Mercier’s bracelet bets win more money than the bracelet itself!
One would think that Jason Mercier winning his 4th bracelet is a big story itself, but surprisingly his bracelet bets and the huge amount of money he won through them made more headlines.
Bracelet bets have long been part of the WSOP. Who doesn’t remember, when half of the top pros were sweating the heads-up of Tom “durrrr” Dwan at the 2010 WSOP, because they had bet a considerable amount of money against him winning a bracelet?
This year, Jason Mercier was one of the bignames, who booked the most side action:
Looking to get 3 to 1 on winning a bracelet this Wsop (Vegas only) any takers? Lmk, will need escrow / post if I don’t know u well etc
— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) May 31, 2016
Mercier ships the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship for $273,335
But let’s get back to poker before we go into detail. Jason Mercier came as massive chipleader to the final table, but the competition was fierce with online legends Mike “SirWatts” Watson, Alex “alexonmoon” Luneau and Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick.
Luneau and Chidwick busted soon after and Mercier and Watson increased their lead further.
Those two finally made it to heads-up with Watson holding a slight lead at the start:
- Mike Watson – 2,880,000
- Jason Mercier – 2,125,000
Jason was the one, who took control through his aggressive play and quickly took over the lead. He increased it further to more than 2:1.
Then a huge hand developed. After both player had drawn one Mercier check-raised all-in and Watson tank-called. Mike tabled 9-7-4-3-2, but Mercier’s 8-6-5-4-2 brought him his 4th bracelet and $273,335.
However, that shouldn’t be Jason’s biggest cash yesterday…
“Heaviest Bracelet Bet Action Ever”
Before the final table Jason revealed that he had booked his heaviest bracelet bet action ever:
I’ll take myself against anyone and lay a price. To win Wsop bracelet. Will lay 1.1 per bracelet against any player. #PickYourPony
— Jason Mercier (@JasonMercier) June 3, 2016
A fact that made it even more exciting was that Mercier made another massive bet with Stephen Chidwick: “If Chidwick wins I’m actually going to lose money on the event,” Jason explained beforehand.
“Let’s just say I won well, well over what first was, on the side”
But luckily for Jason that didn’t happen and he came out on top, which brought him another big chunk of money on top of the bracelet bets he had with e.g. Vanessa Selbst.
After his victory he said in an interview: “I won’t get into specifics, let’s just say I won well, well over what first was, on the side.”
How much money Jason really won last night is unknown, but after this statement it is certain that it was way more than the first place prize of $273,335!