Jason Mercier Keeps Crushing, Wins Another $794k
Jason Mercier just continues to crush in the poker world and in life. Recently, he and wife Natasha announced they are expecting their first child.
Now, Jason has a little money to spend on the new nursery. On Wednesday he won the $25k High Roller of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, defeating a tough final table for the $794,600 top prize.
This event had a great turnout of 116 entries to make a $2.9 million prize pool. Sixteen players made the money and a few notables that fell short of the final table included Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel, Jonathan Little and Jake Schindler.
While most High Roller events are stacked fields, the final table of this event was truly a Who's Who of poker.
Among those at the final table were Loni Harwood, Olivier Busquet, Sam Soverel, Justin Bonomo, Ari Engel, Jeff Gross, Bryn Kenney, Anthony Spinella and the aforementioned Mercier.
Many were rooting for Harwood to take down the title as one of the few female players to take a shot at a High Roller. Unfortunately, she fell in third place after running into a monster cooler hand.
Harwood was the short stack and shoved with Kh-Jh but Mercier re-shoved with pocket 10s and Justin Bonomo made the easy call with pocket queens. The flop missed everyone but a turn Kc gave Harwood the lead.
Her double-up was not to be as the river fell the 10d to give Mercier a set of tens and the chip lead heading into heads-up play. The pair elected to play it out and Mercier quickly moved out to a massive chip lead.
Finally, Bonomo shoved his last 2.5 million with Ac-2d but Mercier woke up with Ad-Qd. The flop fell Kd-7s-5d to give Mercier the nut flush draw and the turn 8d completed it.
Mercier wins $794,600 and moves over $18 million in career earnings. That ought to be more than enough to get Merc #1 a few nice toys and a custom crib.
Tony Sinishtaj Wins WPT SHRPS Main Event
The $25k High Roller was not the only event to finish at the SHRPS on Wednesday.
Tony Sinishtaj took down the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event for his first major poker title, defeating a final table that included Dan Colman, Robert Mizrachi and Darryll Fish.
The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event drew 1,207 entries to create a prize pool of $3.86 million, shattering its $2 million guarantee.
By the time the final table was reached on Wednesday, Dan Colman held a slight edge over Sinishtaj for the chip lead. Joining them at the final table were Eric Beller, Simeon Naydenov, Fish and Mizrachi.
With four players left Colman held the chip lead but a pair of big hands left him on the rail in fourth.
The first hand saw Colman lose a race to double-up Sinishtaj. They then tangled again, this time with Colman holding pocket aces. On flop of 8s-6d-2h, Sinishtaj bet, Colman raised and then Sinishtaj shoved for 8.27 million.
Colman had just a few more chips and went deep into the tank. After several minutes, he made the call and Sinishtaj showed Kd-8d for top pair and a backdoor flush draw.
That's when things went from awesome to brutal for Colman. The turn fell the 10d and river the Ad to give Sinishtaj a flush and Colman was left with just a couple of blinds. He busted shortly afterwards in fourth for $217k.
Robert Mizrachi then fell in third to set up the heads-up showdown between Sinishtaj and Darryll Fish. Sinishtaj held a 2:1 chip lead but Fish managed to wrestle the lead away.
Sinishtaj then retook the chip lead after doubling through Fish with pocket sevens versus pocket ducks. A few hands later, it was all over.
On a flop of 8d-3s-2d, Fish was all-in with As-3d for middle pair. Sinishtaj made the call with Kd-Qd for a flush draw and two over cards. The turn fell the 6d and the event was over.
Despite playing multiple WPT events in the past, this was the first time that Tony Sinishtaj has cashed. He made the most of it by winning the event and earning $661,283.
In addition, Sinishtaj gets his name engraved on the WPT Champions Trophy and gets an entry into the $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions that kicks off on Friday.