Mercier Misses Out on $10k Razz Bracelet
Posted by: James Carter - Thu, 2016-06-16 09:21
Just two days after he pocketed the bracelet of the $10k 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship event, PokerStars' Jason Mercier put in another valiant effort in another $10k Championship event: the $10k Razz one. This time however, he fell short of the mark, but only just as he finished runner-up to Ray Dehkhaghani. His 5th WSOP bracelet
denied, Mercier still cannot complain much about this year's series, especially considering that he ended up picking up a rather hefty share of the prize-pool again. The share of the winner was a $273.3k chunk in this one, which means that Mercier walked away with some $168.9k.
Still, at the level at which Mercier is playing, the actual prize-pools mean a lot less than the money riding on various side-bets, and that was indeed the case this time around too, which makes the disappointment of the PokerStars pro much easier to comprehend indeed.
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Mercier said he had huge side-bets on winning two bracelets this year and a monster one on winning three. Obviously, his best chances are in the Championship events, where the starting fields are smaller, limited by the size of the buy-ins and having missed out on this one means that he now has one less attempt left. Also, he argues that having finished second in this one almost kills his odds for three bracelets because that means he would have to reach the heads-up stage no fewer than 4 times. That however doesn't really make much sense from a strictly mathematical perspective. The bottom line is that he came really close and failed to get there, hence the frustration.
The bet he has on the 3-bracelet haul is one with Vanessa Selbst, which may end up landing him $1.8 million.
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