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The Nightly Turbo: Mercier Playing WSOP $1M Buy-in, PokerStars MicroMillions II, and More

Jason Mercier

Jason Mercier was running around the Rio multi-tabling events on Monday. We don't expect him to be doing the same when the Big One for One Drop rolls around next month. We'll bring you more on that story, plus the schedule for the PokerStars MicroMillions II series, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.

In Case You Missed It

Former November Niner Joseph Cheong made the championship round of the WSOP Event #6 on Sunday. We break down that event and more in the Day 8 WSOP recap.

Did you miss Sunday's World Poker Tour coverage on FSN? Read our WPT recap to get caught up.

How did the Sunday Majors play out on PokerStars? Who took down the biggest score? Find out in the Sunday Briefing.

Looking for a fun, behind-the-scenes perspective of life at the WSOP? The Muck will offer several daily stories from inside the Rio, so check it out!

Mercier Playing the Big One

On Saturday, Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier announced via Twitter that he has registered for the $1 million Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner will join poker pros Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Erik Seidel, and several others at the richest poker ever from July 1 through 3.

Mercier has done very well in small field, high roller events in the past. In December 2011 he won the $100,000 buy-in Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic High Roller event for $ 709,767. He also won the £20,000 buy-in High Roller Event at the 2008 European Poker Championships, defeating John Juanda heads up for the $944,847 top prize.

Several other poker pros have expressed interest in playing in the One Drop event, including Justin Bonomo, Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Trickett, Andrew Robl and Phil Hellmuth. A World Series of Poker spokesman recently told PokerNews that an updated list of entrants will be released early this month. The event will be capped at 48 players.

You can find the official list of entrants at

Kool as Ice

French rap star Bruno “Kool Shen” Lopes is becoming a dominating presence on the European poker circuit in 2012.

Lopes won his second title of the year at the World Poker Tour National Cannes Main Event over the weekend. The $2,045 buy-in event attracted 338 players to generate a prize pool of $604,165, and after three days Lopes took it down for €100,500.

2011 WSOP bracelet winner Antonin Teisseire was the other notable joining Lopes at the six-handed final table, but Teisseire made an early exit in sixth place. He was followed to the rail by Thomas Fara, Robert Giordano and Yannick Massa, respectively, leaving Lopes heads up with Louis Gorostis for the title. Gorostis finished runner-up for €70,500.

Lopes' win in Cannes follows up a win at the Euro Finals of Poker Diamond Championship for $127,514 in January. He also took fourth place at the European Poker Tour Madrid Main Event for $183,660 in March. Lopes was 26th in last week's Global Poker Index Player of the Year Rankings, but he's in line for a big jump after the win in France.

Here's a look at the results from Saturday's final table:

1Bruno Lopes€100,500
2Louis Gorostis€70,500
3Yannick Massa€45,500
4Robert Giordano€33,500
5Thomas Fara€25,500
6Antonin Teisseire€20,520

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Catching Up With Darvin

We spotted 2009 WSOP Main Event runner-up Darvin Moon playing the $1,500 re-entry event on Sunday. Sarah Grant scooped him at the first break to discuss the Heartland Poker Tour, the New Orleans Saints, and playing events early with huge fields.

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