Jason Mercier Wins $715,860 at SHRPO with Pocket Fives

Jason Mercier
Almost exactly one year after his last live tournament cash, Jason Mercier wins the 2019 SHRPO $50,000 Super High Roller for more than $700,000 (photo: SHRPO)

Almost one year to the day since his last recorded live tournament cash, Jason Mercier topped a field of 41 entries in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50,000 Super High Roller to win $715,860.

Mercier defeated Franklin Fok in heads-up play, with Fok taking home a second-place prize o $457,355. On the final hand, Mercier held the 5c5d against Fok’s AsJs. The money went in preflop with Mercier shoving all in after Fok limped the button. Fok called but couldn’t hit on the Td6h2h3s8h run out, according to reports from SHRPO.com.

SHRPO $50,000 Super High Roller Results

1st: Jason Mercier – $715,860
2nd: Franklin Fok – $457,355
3rd: Tom Boivin – $288,330
4th: Giuseppe Iadisernia – $198,850
5th: Manig Loeser – $139,195
6th: Sam Sweilem – $109,370
7th: Albert Daher – $79,540

For Mercier, the score was the seventh largest of his live tournament career and pushed him to more than $19.5 million in career live tournament earnings.

Mercier took a commanding chip lead into the final day of the tournament with seven players left. He had 2.635 million in chips to start and the next closest stack was Giuseppe Iadisernia’s 550,000. Mercier busted Dan Shak on the bubble the night before to win a huge pot to secure such a large lead.

On the hand against Shak, Mercier had opened to 40,000 from the cutoff position with the blinds at 10,000-20,000 with a 20,000 big blind ante. Shak reraised to 150,000 out of the small blind, and Mercier called to see the As4h2c flop. Shak moved all in for 740,000. Mercier thought about the decision for a little bit, then called with the AhJh. Shak had the KsKc. No help for Shak came on the turn or river and he was out the door in eighth place on the money bubble.

At the final table, Mercier eliminated Albert Daher in seventh and Manig Loeser in fifth en route to getting heads up with Fok. Fok busted Tom Boivin in third place, but he only entered heads-up play with 645,000 in chips to Mercier’s 4.48 million. Mercier made quick work of Fok from there, finishing off heads-up play in less than 10 hands.