Gaining international attention when he won the 2008 EPT No Limit Hold'em Championship in San Remo, Jason Mercier went on a year long heater that has only cooled slightly in the years that followed. With over $5M in live tournament cashes between April 2008 and January 2011, Jason Mercier has turned an enviable profit in his first few years as a professional poker player
Interestingly, the Florida native was attending college with the intention of becoming a math teacher when it became apparent to Mercier that he could instead make a living playing poker. Following his $1.1M win in San Remo, Jason Mercier cashed in three different No Limit Hold'em events at the World Series of Poker for a combined total of over $56K.
Then he was back to the European Poker Tour, where he made the final table of the Barcelona Open EPT Main Event, earning $322K for 6th place. Just a couple of weeks later, Jason Mercier made another final table, this one at the World Series of Poker Europe Pot Limit Omaha Championship, where he busted out in 8th place for over $50K.
Mercier's last live cash of 2008 came in October, where he won the PokerStars EPT No Limit Hold'em Showdown for $1M and change. All told, Jason Mercier had claimed an impressive $2,599,675 in live tournament cashes by the end of 2008.
Off to a great start in 2009, Jason Mercier cashed 5 times in the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic in February. Two of those cashes came at WPT final tables; a 1st place win at Pot Limit Omaha for $35.5K, and a 4th place in No Limit Hold'em for $71K.
The following month, Mercier won the $1,000+$60 No Limit Hold'em event at The Wynn Classic for more than $81K, and placed second in The Wynn Classic $1,000+$60 Pot Limit Omaha event for $32K.
In June, Jason Mercier was off to the 40th annual World Series of Poker, where he bagged his first WSOP bracelet at the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event, along with $237K, and a sponsorship deal with online poker room
, PokerStars. Mercier cashed in three other WSOP events that month, including 16th place in the WSOP $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Heads Up.
The next live tournament cash Jason Mercier won was in September, with a 2nd place to Dag Martin Mikkelsen in the €1,000+€100 No Limit Hold'em in season 6 of the EPT at the Barcelona Open for $39K. Jason Mercier finished the month with another final table; this time 4th place at the WSOPE No Limit Hold'em Main Event for $435,288.
His next stop was the London Open PokerStars EPT in October, where Jason Mercier won the £2,500+£200 No Limit Hold'em event for $188.6K. October 16th, Mercier final tabled in the Fiesta Al Logo WPT with 3rd place in the $10,000+$300 Pot Limit Omaha event. Cashing in four more WPT events before the end of the year, Jason Mercier took 1st place in the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $5,000+$180 HORSE event.
In 2010, Jason Mercier continued to reap live tournament results, with cashes in 17 different poker events. Two first place wins - one at the Southern Poker Championship WPT No Limit Hold'em DeepStack, the other at the PokerStars NAPT Mohegan Sun No Limit Hold'em High Roller Shootout - and 4 other final table results added more than $900K to Jason's career earnings, with other cashes throughout the year driving his 2010 total up over $1M.
Jason Mercier can often be found playing the biggest online poker tournaments
PokerStars has to offer under the screen name "JasonMercier".