It's a Boy! Merciers Expecting First Child
Jason Mercier has been on the ultimate heater over the last year. First, he won two bracelets at the 2016 World Series of Poker and won WSOP Player of the Year.
Then, he proposed to girlfriend Natasha Barbour and subsequently married her late last year. Now, the happy couple has announced they are expecting their first child - and it's a boy!
Jason and Natasha dropped the bombshell on the poker world last Thursday via Twitter in a cute Tweet showing the entire family reading parenting books. A day later the couple announced they would reveal the gender of the child later that evening.
Jason was rooting for a boy and got his wish. The couple posted a video of Jason cutting a ‘gender’ cake and discovering the inside was blue, meaning the couple will have a boy.
"Merc #1" is due later this year, meaning the poker world is now on watch for the arrival of "Kid Mercier." Kid Mercier will turn 18 in late 2035, which makes him legal to play online poker and live poker in many locations around the world.
However, Kid Mercier will have to wait until 2038 to try to win his first WSOP bracelet in Las Vegas as the legal gambling age there is 21.
Ivey, Antonius Among 50 Committed to WSOP Europe €111k One Drop
Anyone in the poker community with aspirations of playing in the One Drop High Roller at the WSOP Europe later this year had better get their deposit in now.
According to reports circling the news wires on Tuesday, 50 players have already put up their €11,000 deposit to play in the event.
The One Drop High Roller will kick off on November 3rd and has a €10 million guarantee. Presently the field is capped at 111 players, meaning that nearly half of the field has already been set.
Some of the players already committed to the event are Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Fedor Holz, 2016 Super High Roller Bowl Champion Rainer Kempe, Dan "Jungleman" Cates, Tony G, Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Hellmuth.
The WSOP Europe is moving to King's Casino Rozvadov this year and features 11 bracelet events. Two of those will be charity events for One Drop.
Last year, One Drop founder Guy Laliberte attempted to make the Big One for One Drop an "Invitation Only" event for amateur players and the series failed miserably.
This year, with One Drop firmly ensconced in a WSOP schedule, there's little reason to expect anything other than an awesome turnout.
PokerStars SCOOP Expands, Adds $15 Million in Guarantees
Online poker players around the world (minus the US, sorry) can now look forward to the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker. The 2017 SCOOP schedule is now released and this year's event promises more games and massive guarantees.
This year's SCOOP will feature 57 events with a total guarantee of $55 million. That's $15 million more than last year's series. In addition there's an extra week of events with the series running from April 30 - May 23.
As usual, there are three levels for each event - Low, Medium and High. Buy-ins range from $11 to $1,050 on average but there are a few events as cheap as $5.50.
Higher buy-in starting at $2,100 and ranging to $25,000 for the High Roller events are also available.
The SCOOP Main Event is on May 21. PokerStars presently hasn't listed the expected guarantee for the event.
With $55 million in guarantees, the 2017 PokerStars SCOOP is the largest tournament series in the history of online poker.
As always, PokerStars will offer satellites to the various events. Those satellites should be available on the software soon.