Jason Mercier wins 4th bracelet with eyes on $1.8 million prop bet with Vanessa Selbst. Millionaire Maker heads into final table with two million-dollar payouts.
Only one bracelet went out yesterday, but it’s an important one. Jason Mercier won Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Single Draw Championship. With only 100 players in the field, this is one of the smaller events on the schedule, yet still produced a top prize of $273,335. According to Mercier, however, this payout was dwarfed by the amount of money he’ll receive due to a variety of bracelet bets, and a crossbook with Stephen Chidwick.
What to watch for today
– Event #14, The Millionaire Maker, has just reached its unofficial final table of 10 players with the elimination of Jorge Eghi in 11th. Day 4 began with 15 players in the running, and they will play down to a winner today, or rather two winners. It should really be called “The Millionaires Maker” this year, as the first and second place payouts are nearly identical, at $1,065,403 and $1,000,000 respectively. Third place, by contrast, is only $500,000, which should make three-handed play quite interesting… and by interesting, I mean excruciating.
– Event #17, $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em will also wrap up today. Several players in that field are cashing for the first time in a WSOP event, and only one – James Mackey – has a bracelet to his name.
– Event #18, $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. will be the third bracelet awarded today. Chino Rheem and Eli Elezra are the most notable names left in that field. Rheem is infamously deeply in debt to multiple backers, but has been mounting something of a comeback this year, having taken down the $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for over $700,000.
– Event #20, $10,000 Razz Championship won’t see its final table until tomorrow, but it’s likely to be a stacked one. The top three chip leaders at the moment are David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth and Brian Hastings, and the remaining chip counts read like a who’s-who of poker as well. Most distressingly for Vanessa Selbst, both Dzmitry Urbanovich and Jason Mercier are still alive and well with only 45 players left in the field. Selbst stands to lose millions if either manages to win three bracelets this series.
Live updates of today’s action can be found here.
Two more tournaments will get underway today:
– Event #21, a $3,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em tournament.
– Event #22, a $1,500 Limit Hold’em Event.
WSOP News & Notes
– If your curiosity about Vanessa Selbst’s bets with Jason Mercier and Dzmitry Urbanovich was piqued by the comment above, I wrote a little bit about those, and the subject of bracelet bets in general.
– James Guill at PokerUpdate has some common-sense advice on what’s acceptable and not acceptable to bring to the table at the WSOP, just in case you were planning on leaving your card protector at home to make room in your bag for a doberman and a shotgun.
– Lance Bradley at PocketFives is rooting for Lisa Meredith in the Millionaire Maker. Meredith is a former kindergarten teacher and, as a regular of $20 buy-in games at her local pub, is playing for slightly higher stakes than she’s used to.
– If PokerStars was hoping to take New Jersey by storm, they may be a little disappointed. Despite initial interest, traffic has failed to grow, though decreased traffic over the summer is normal.
– War makes strange bedfellows, and the ongoing legal and political battle in daily fantasy sports has resulted in former competitors Draft Kings and Fan Duel discussing a merger.