Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier wins $475,000 in PokerStars.net NAPT Mohegan Sun $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shootout
Donning the exact same shirt he wore two Aprils ago when he won the 2008 EPT San Remo Main Event and armed with a little help from one of his favorite hands, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier won the 2010 PokerStars.net NAPT Mohegan Sun $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shootout.
Mercier battled heads-up opponent Sam Stein for the better part of three and a half hours before the most pivotal hand of the tournament took place.
Mercier moved all-in over the top of a three-bet from Stein holding pocket threes and Stein looked him up with the ace-jack of diamonds. When the money went in, Stein had Mercier covered by just 13,000 in chips.
Stein spiked a jack on the flop to take the lead, but the turn and river gave Mercier a runner-runner six-high straight to win the pot. Stein was eliminated from the tournament two hands later.
“Pocket threes were really lucky for me when I was seventeen or eighteen and that’s why I made my (online) name “treysfull,” but I haven’t really won any enormous pots with threes until that one,” Mercier said. His former online screen name was “treysfull21.”
The win marks Mercier’s 2nd High Roller title in as many years. The 23-year-old pro from Davie, Florida also won the 2008 EPT London High Roller Event (£516,000) and came close to winning a 3rd High Roller title back in February at the L.A. Poker Classic (3rd – $141,780).
Runner-up Sam Stein has had a successful year thus far in his own right. Stein finished runner-up to Tom Marchese at the NAPT Venetian Main Event ($522,306) and posted another 2nd place finish in a $5,000 preliminary event at the PCA in January (168,390). Stein earned $75,000 in prize money at the NAPT Mohegan Sun HRBSO; $60,000 for winning his round one table and $15,000 in bounties.
PokerStars.net-sponsored player Faraz Jaka finished third, collecting $80,000 in prize money for his efforts; $60,000 for winning his round one table, and $20,000 for accumulating four knockout bounties. Jaka is the only player to have final tabled both $25,000 HRBSO events. Jaka placed 5th at the NAPT Venetian HRBSO back in February ($95,000).
FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS:
1st: Jason Mercier, Team PokerStars USA – $475,000 ($350,000 final table, $60,000 round one table, $40,000 bounties, $25,000 entry to next HRBSO)
2nd: Sam Stein, USA – $75,000 ($60,000 table; $15,000 bounties)
3rd: Faraz Jaka – $80,000 ($60,000 table; $20,000 bounties)
4th: Matt Glantz, USA – $70,000 ($60,000 table; $10,000 bounties)
5th: Shawn Buchanan, Canada – $80,000 ($60,000 table; $20,000 bounties)
6th: Luis Vazquez, USA – $70,000 ($50,000 table; $20,000 bounties)
** Each bounty = $5,000
The NAPT Mohegan Sun HRBSO attracted 35 players including Team PokerStars Pros Justin Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Greg Raymer, Barry Greenstein, Greg DeBora, Marcello Del Grosso, Pat Pezzin and Anh Van Nguyen.
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