Now Live Unibet Open Copenhagen PokerStars Championship Sochi PokerStars Festival Chile EPT London £1m Showdown

£20,000 High Roller Event

Level Info

Level 19
Blinds 10,000 / 20,000
Ante 2,000

Day 2 Completed

Posted 10-08-2008 03:52 UTC+2
£20,000 High Roller Event
Day 2 Completed

Congratulation to Jason Mercier, EPT London £1 Million Showdown

High Rolling Champion
With the smoke cleared and the dust settled, it's time to reflect on what was a hugely successful event, which attracted some of the biggest names in the game. With 85 players stumping up the £20,000 buy-in, we were treated to a who's who of poker with more stars than an entire series of Celebrity Squares.

Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Devilfish - this event was tougher than a two dollar steak, but in the end, it was the less experienced face of Jason Mercier that prevailed. With an EPT win and two final tables already in the bag, Mercier came armed with a fierce reputation, and one that he cemented by treating the Grosvenor Victoria to a showcase of top notch poker.

What's more, he won without hollering, gloating or shouting his victories, and remained humble throughout. Perhaps one of the most popular players in the press room, he is not only a splendid poker player, but also a thoroughly nice chap, and one who was quick to commend his defeated heads-up opponent.

Again, the EPT comes up trumps and continues to prove why it has become the most sought after Tour in Europe. With Jason Mercier winning everything in sight, however, I have just two concerns: (1) Will everyone stop turning up? and (2) How's he going to fit all those trophies on to the mantelpiece?

Over and out.

Tags: Jason Mercier

Folding the Button

Sensei Negreanu
He maybe influenced by the fact that Jason Mercier eliminated him from the event, but Daniel Negreanu has been rather critical of Jason Mercier's tendency to fold the button. He also commented negatively on his preflop calls, saying that he shouldn't be looking to play hands out of position.

Bah, what's that Negreanu fella ever won?

Showing No Mercier

After John Juanda made it 48,000 to play, Jason Mercier announced an all-in and put the decision back on Juanda for his tournament life. Juanda didn't pass immediately, swaying his head from side to side as he mulled over his options. Eventually he opted for the fold, but he may not be so forgiving next time...