Over the weekend, Jason treysfull21Mercier (pictured) added another title to his already impressive list of poker accolades. In Madrid, Mercier took down the PokerStars European Poker Tour (EPT) Champion of Championsevent and banked â‚¬50,000 in Season 8 buy-ins. Mercier procured his seat by virtue of winning the EPT’s San Remo stop in 2008 and defeated recent PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event winner Galen Turk Malloy Hall heads-up in Madrid.
The eight-handed final table was loaded from top to bottom. PokerStars pro Bertrand ElkY Grospellier (pictured) was the first player out the door after he moved all-in before the flop with K-9 and ran into Mercier’s A-9. Both players missed and Grospellier, who was fresh off a win in a â‚¬10,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller preliminary event in Madrid, was ousted in eighth place.
2005 EPT Deauville champ Brandon Schaefer then shoved pre-flop with pocket sevens, but lost out to Hall. After that, Michael Tureniec moved all-in before the flop with Q-10 of hearts and Mercier looked him up with A-J offsuit. Mercier found a jack on the flop and no help came for Tureniec, this year’s EPT Copenhagen winner; he found the rail in fifth place as a result.
2009 EPT Dortmund winner Sandra Naujoks was the next to go. Naujoks committed her chips with Q-J with five cards to come, but could not draw out on Mercier’s K-2. The board fell A-6-3-9-4 and Naujoks, who owns the ninth spot on the all-time women’s live poker money list according to the Hendon Mob, departed the tournament area.
Vicky Coren was the first player to finish in the money and brought home â‚¬10,000 in Season 8 EPT buy-ins. She was all-in before the flop with pocket eights and faced Hall’s K-2. Hall flopped kings-up and never looked back.
Then, Max Lykov, who won the EPT’s stop in Kiev two years ago, busted in fourth place. Lykov was all-in with J-3 of spades against Hall’s Q-9 and flopped a three to move out in front with a pair. However, Hall struck back with a queen on the turn, and an eight on the river stunted Lykov’s title hopes. He picked up â‚¬15,000 in Season 8 EPT buy-ins.
Mercier doubled up when play was two-handed to take an 8:1 chip lead over Hall(pictured). Mercier was all-in pre-flop with A-J and up against Hall’s Big Slick. However, a jack on the flop boosted him into the lead and the rest of the board bricked out. Shortly thereafter, a short-stacked Hall called all-in for his tournament life before the flop with K-3 and Mercier flipped over A-2.
Mercier flopped one ace and turned another for trips to take down the EPT Champion of Champions event in Madrid. Here were the final payouts from the invitational tournament:
1. Jason treysfull21Mercier (United States) – â‚¬50,000
2. Galen Turk Malloy Hall (United States) – â‚¬25,000
3. Max Lykov (Russia) – â‚¬15,000
4. Vicky Coren (United Kingdom) – â‚¬10,000
For Mercier, the conclusion of the seventh EPT season marked his latest claim to fame. Mercier is one month removed from back-to-back wins in the High-Roller event at the North American Poker Tour’s stop in Mohegan Sun and also owns a World Series of Poker bracelet. He took down the High-Roller event at the 2008 European Poker Championships in London for nearly a million bucks.
Online, the Florida native has Full Tilt Online Poker Series and PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker titles. The latter, which occurred last September, was good for over $400,000 following a three-way final table deal.
The schedule for the eighth season of the PokerStars-backed EPT has not yet been announced. Visit PokerStars for more details on the EPT.