Can Mercier Win 3 Bracelets? Can Fedor Win Everything Else?
Meanwhile the less-heralded Ian Johns has joined Mercier as the second multi-bracelet winner of 2016.
Finally, Fedor Holz may not be lighting it up at the Rio but he is on fire in Vegas, up almost $5 million since the end of May.
Mercier Wins Again - Can He Win 3?
Last week we profiled Jason Mercier and how he was suddenly "freerolling for the next year or so" after winning his fourth career bracelet and nearly $1 million in bracelet bets.
He may be freerolling now until 2019.
Last week Mercier won his fifth career bracelet by taking down the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship after making an incredible comeback heads-up against James Obst.
Mercier won $422,874 for that win but it pales in comparison to what he is rumored to have won on the side. How much? We may never know but we're interested to see just how far the Summer of Mercier will go.
For example, a highly publicized bet between him and Vanessa Selbst has him scheduled to earn at least $1.8 million should he win three bracelets in total.
At the 2016 PCA Mercier bet Selbst $10k at 180-1 against him winning three bracelets this summer.
Now, after winning two bracelets before the halfway mark of the series, Mercier could win more in bracelet bets than the winner of the 2016 WSOP Main Event.
He may have that shot sooner than later. Mercier is heading into the final day of the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo Event eighth in chips out of 16 players.
Ian Johns Joins Mercier With Two Bracelets in 2016
With the poker world focused on Jason Mercier, Ian Johns snuck in and won his second bracelet of 2016.
On Monday Johns took down the $10k Limit Hold'em Championship for $212,604 and his second win of the summer.
This was his third career bracelet.
Earlier this summer Johns won the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. after surviving a tough final table that included Scotty Nguyen, Svetlana Gromenkova, Noah Bronstein and Justin Bonomo.
Johns defeated Bonomo heads-up for the title.
It was 10 years between bracelet wins for Johns. He took down his first bracelet in 2006 after winning the $3,000 Limit Hold'em Event.
Johns is primarily known as a mixed-game specialist with the majority of his WSOP cashes coming in non-NL Hold'em events.
He admits that he isn't very good at No-Limit Holdem and didn't even plan to play the Main Event this year. However, after winning his second bracelet this summer, he has decided that he will take a shot at the annual poker lottery.
Fedor Holz Dominating This Summer Despite Meh WSOP
Fedor Holz is having a somewhat meh WSOP with just a couple of cashes totalling about $26,000.
For the summer, though, he is up almost $5 million.
The 22-year-old German has been on fire this summer after winning three $25,000 Aria High Rollers and taking second in the PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl.
He started the summer with a 7th-place finish in a $25,000 Aria High Roller, earning $122,400. Five days later he finished 2nd in the $300,000 PokerCentral Super High Roller Bowl behind friend and fellow German Rainer Kempe.
While the official total won is $3.5 million, it was well publicized that they made a deal heads-up.
Two days after finishing 2nd in the Super High Roller Bowl, he took down the first of three Aria $25k High Rollers.
His first on June 4th earned him $637,392. On June 11th, he earned $393,120 for his second win. Just this past Saturday, he won his third high roller for $276,012.
For the summer, Holz has won $4.95 million and bumped his career total up over $13 million. That's good for 17th on the All-Time Money List and #1 in Germany.
Holz is likely not done as there are still four more Aria High Roller events on the calendar between now and the end of the 2016 WSOP.
The only way he has lost money this summer? Betting against Jason Mercier winning bracelets.