Jason Mercier: The Way of the Champion


The world of poker, gambling and attractive, promises a lot of money and breaks the fate. Network technologies have allowed a huge number of users to participate in world poker competitions, but only a few achieve significant success, and those who find themselves on top, become legends. Fans of tournament champions with admiration and, sometimes, with envy, follow the biography and career of their idols, hoping at least in part to repeat their triumph

The world of poker, gambling and attractive, promises a lot of money and breaks the fate. Network technologies have allowed a huge number of users to participate in world poker competitions, but only a few achieve significant success, and those who find themselves on top, become legends. Fans of tournament champions with admiration and, sometimes, with envy, follow the biography and career of their idols, hoping at least in part to repeat their triumph.

The beginning of the way

A star of a player named Jason Mercier, whose photo is shown below, rose rapidly in 2008. Unexpectedly for all, he became the winner in the European EPT Poker Tournament 5 season, held in San Remo, Italy. The total winnings of the champion then amounted to more than a million dollars, which could turn the head and more experienced players. As expected, an unexpected resounding victory stunned the player and led to a series of major setbacks at the World Series of Poker that same year. It did not break Jason, at the end of the year he was able to review the tactics of the game and his personal attitude to poker and confidently performed at the WSOPE and WPT competitions, and also won the tournament for high rollers.

Further, the career of a professional player developed more or less evenly, as far as a stable poker player’s career can be. Practically at all competitions Jason Mercier performed with success, in 2009 he became the owner of a gold bracelet, a special sign of the champions of the tournament in pot-limit Omaha competitions. The second such bracelet, he took possession after 3 years in the same kind of poker game.

The secret of success

What are the secrets of such outstanding players as Jason Mercier? A professional poker player biography began in Hollywood, where he was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on November 12, 1986. As the youngest of four children in the family, Jason from childhood was accustomed to the competition. At school, he showed an interest in the exact sciences and at the same time became interested in poker. He played with friends, studying the mathematical side of the game. After school, Jason Mercier entered Florida's Atlantic University in order to become a teacher, but the passion for poker had already played a role, displacing studies and sports hobbies in second place. Mercier lost his scholarship, and he had to leave the university. Jason did not despair, he got a job at a children's sports school as an instructor and simultaneously went to college. At that time, poker briefly fell out of his life, but later he discovered for himself online games. At the peak of the rise of poker, while Jason saw open opportunities for himself and joined as a participant in the network tournaments, which changed his fate.

Professional poker player career

It was in online poker that Jason felt the real taste of the game. Having won more than 2 million hands, he took one of the top lines in the poker room rating, getting the elite status of Supernova. This was followed by his great victories offline. In 2009, Jason Mercier, poker for which has already become the main activity, was recognized as the best player by the Bluff magazine, winning prizes in tournaments in Los Angeles, Barcelona and WSOPE besides the WSOP bracelet. The following 2010, he did not perform so well that it did not prevent him from winning prizes in London, San Remo, at the WPT and winning the North American tournament. In 2011, in addition to receiving the second gold bracelet, he won the annual Five Diamonds tournament in honor of Doyle Brunson. In 2014-2015, Mercier also held high positions in tournaments, preferring high-roller competitions, where the stakes are higher and, therefore, the players experience is more significant.

How much is the championship?

Jason's first serious win in Sanremo in 2008 in a place with prize money amounted to about 1.3 million dollars. In the same year, he won more than $ 200, 000 in Barcelona, ​​2009 brought the player about $ 230, 000 to Pot-Limit Omaha and more than $ 440, 000 in a tournament in Europe. The prize in the North American tournament in 2010 was a little less than half a million dollars. The next year's Pot Limit Omaha and Five Diamonds, along with, enriched the player by 1.3 million. His most financially successful performance is considered second place in the Monte Carlo tournament in 2013 with a gain of more than 1.6 million dollars. In 2014, Mercier won 630, 000 in Barcelona and over 700, 000 dollars in Texas. In total for 7 years, Mercier alone managed to win more than 10 million dollars offline.

Of the mascots, Jason prefers a happy shirt and the number 21, believing that they bring him good luck. The secret of his success, he confidently calls his family and loved ones, who always supported him, especially during difficult periods of his life and career. Now Jason is sponsored by the Poker Stars team and continues to perform successfully. His achievements are marked by the prestigious title "Golden Crown".