PokerStars might think about renaming the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) to the "Jason Mercier Spring Poker Invitational", at least for the high buy-in events. Since the 2015 edition of the famed online poker series began last Sunday, Mercier has now won three titles after he took down SCOOP-20-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em [4-Max] today for nearly $180,000.
In his two prior victories, Mercier beat out combined field sizes of 99 entries (56 and 43). This time around, he beat out a field of 398, including a tough final table with Ryan "HITTHEPANDA" Franklin and Calvin "cal42688" Anderson.
SCOOP-20-H: $2,100 NL Hold'em [4-Max] Results
|2||Ryan "HITTHEPANDA" Franklin||$152,789*|
|3||Calvin "cal42688" Anderson||$68,408|
*Denotes a heads-up deal.
The event was played out over two days, with the first day stopping with 16 players remaining. Of those returning, the field contained top online players Griffin "Flush_Entity" Benger (16th - $9,209), Tom "hitthehole" Middleton (15th - $9,209), and Jeremy "EndlessJ" Menard (13th - $9,209).
At the final table, "TransSib" busted in fourth place, and then Mercier battled hard with Anderson during three-handed play. Mercier eventually worked his way into the chip lead before he busted Anderson in third place with to . Anderson, who had won his record sixth SCOOP title earlier in the series, took just under $70,000 for his finish.
Mercier and Franklin paused the tournament to discuss a deal, and it resulted in Mercier receiving $170,457 and Franklin getting $152,789. The two left $8,000 and the title left to play for.
Quickly after the match resumed, it was all over.
With the blinds at 5,000/10,000 with a 1,250 ante, Franklin raised to 20,000 on the button, Mercier reraised to 58,838, Franklin four-bet to 132,469, and then Mercier put him all in. With just over 600,000 behind, Franklin called with the . Mercier had the — a hand the has proved to be his kryptonite in recent years. But, not this time.
The flop, turn, and river ran out , and it was all over. Mercier had done it to win the event and his third SCOOP title within one week's time.