During the 2016 World Series of Poker, Jason Mercier figured out a way to take the sting out of girlfriend Natasha Barbour’s near-miss in the $5k NL Event. He proposed to his long-time girlfriend and obviously she said yes.
Since that time, the pair has been planning their wedding and the two finally tied the knot on November 20th. Along with a legal claim to half of Mercier’s career earnings (we joke, sorta), she also got a ring probably worth more than Allen Kessler’s 2016 earnings.
With the union, the Merciers are now the premier poker power couple in the game. In addition, the pair has a great shot at beating the odds when it comes to poker player marriages.
The Merciers Become THE Poker Power Couple
The union between Mercier and Barbour instantly created the winningest poker couple in history. They have a combined 18.5 million in career earnings. Mercier has five WSOP bracelets and one EPT title. Barbour has a WSOP Circuit Ring along with two WSOP final table appearances.
Mercier is a consistent threat on the regular and high stakes tour and Barbour has established herself as one of the top female players in the game. She finished runner-up and third in her two previous WSOP final table appearances and is a favorite to be one of the next women to win an open-field bracelet.
Mercier is 8th on the U.S. Money list and #1 for the state of Florida. He’s presently 13th on the All-Time Money List. Barbour is 7th on the Lebanon All-Time Money List and is quickly moving up the Women’s Money List – currently in 24th.
Couple Has the Recipe for a Long-Term Marriage
It’s no secret that many poker is a rough lifestyle and that divorce is common. In many cases, this is the result of a poker player’s partner not understanding the lifestyle or the demands of the game.
While we are not friends with either Mercier or Barbour, on the surface the pair appears to have an excellent shot at beating the odds. They are both professional players that have experienced tremendous success in the game. Both understand the demands of the game and it is unlikely that the game will ever get in the way. If anything, it will act as a catalyst that keeps the pair together as they stack players and continue to rack up career titles.
Will They Continue Their Heaters?
Both Mercier and Barbour have enjoyed heaters in 2016. Mercier won two WSOP bracelets and won enough to prop bets to where he is supposedly freerolling for the next couple of years (depending on how much he spent on the wedding).
Barbour has enjoyed back-to-back career years with 2016 being her best year yet. The last two years she has nearly took down WSOP gold. We also can’t forget that she finished 12th in the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event for almost $100k.
The great part about getting married in November is that they have enough time to honeymoon and get ready for the upcoming poker season. Both should be at the PokerStars Caribbean series as well as Aussie Millions. We wouldn’t be surprised to see both players start off 2017 on a heater and enjoy a monster year.
Can Mercier win career bracelet #6 in 2017? Will Mrs. Mercier break through for her first bracelet? Anyone want to place some prop bets?