PokerTube’s own Rikard caught up with Jason Mercier after his elimination from the EPT10 Monaco Main Event. This was the seventh time that Jason played in the EPT Grand Final and apart from the one that took place in Madrid back in 2011, all of them played out in Monte Carlo.
Mercier reflected a bit on the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, a $3,500 event that gathered nearly 1,800 players earlier in April. He was happy to see such a big turnout for a relatively small buy-in tournament, especially in the casino where he first started playing as it is only about a 15-minute drive from his home. He actually first played there when he was only 17 (legal age was and still is 18).
I went in there and played 1-2 Limit Hold’em when I was 17 years old. I just went in there and they didn’t even ID me.
This helped him a lot with getting some experience in live tournaments and cash games. It clearly worked quite well for him, as these days Jason is playing all over the world in tournaments with the highest buy-ins.
Mercier actually won the very first high roller event that took place during EPT. It was in London back in 2008 with a buy-in of £20,000 and first place was good for £516,000. A lot has changed since then, as there are high roller tournaments all around the globe.
You could pretty much just travel and play 100K events if you wanted to.
The topic of rebuys/reentries is always hot. For Jason, the option to rebuy is generally to his liking, as he usually plans to fire a second bullet if needed. However, by his own admission, he rarely manages to do much when he does have to rebuy. A big reason that supports rebuys is the fact that it’s mostly rich business guys who resort to this option. As for professionals, it is nice to have an option to get right back in the action. Jason has, in fact, eliminated Daniel Colman from the Super High Roller event during this Grand Final in Monaco. Colman entered with a second bullet and went on to win the entire thing for more than €1.5 million.
Mercier’s plans for the next couple of months include wrapping things up here in Monaco by playing the €25,000 High Roller and a €10,000 Turbo event. After that, he will be heading back home to Florida to get ready before going away for about two months – first to Toronto for the last part of SCOOP, then to Atlantic City for the $10K WSOP Championship, and finally to Vegas and the WSOP for the rest of the summer.
Mercier likes to mix things up whenever he is in Vegas. This year he is looking forward to playing a lot of events in an attempt to seize his third WSOP bracelet. He hasn’t made his arrangements yet as far as where he will be staying, but it definitely won’t be in a hotel. He says he tried that once, staying at the Rio, and it’s an experience he would rather not live through again.
I did that one year. I stayed at the Rio the whole summer. After that, I decided I probably wouldn’t do that again.