Reign of Mercier Continues With $5k PLO Bracelet
The star of Day 23 at the 2011 WSOP was without a doubt PokerStars pro Jason Mercier, who won his second career bracelet over a pro-heavy field in the marquee $5k Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max event.
Also, Michael Binger leads a stacked field in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship.
Jason Mercier Wins $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Max Event
As far as big-name pros go, Jason Mercier and David Chiu were the only two out of a star-studded field who managed to make the final table of the $5,000 PL Omaha Six-Max Event.
Mercier started with the chip lead, and both were looking to improve on their career bracelet totals.
Chiu has been unable to win a bracelet since the poker boom and his streak of futility continued in this event as he finished in 4th place.
Meanwhile Mercier was able to navigate through the final table and get to heads-up play.
Mercier faced Hans Winzeler heads-up and was behind by just 700,000 in chips. Mercier and Winzeler battled and exchanged the lead a couple of times before Mercier was finally able to pull a bit ahead.
The final hand saw Winzeler commit his last 2.4 million on a 9d-4s-3d flop with Ac-Kd-Kc-Js.
Mercier had Qc-6c-5d-3s for a wrap draw and a par of threes. The turn bricked, but the river 7h completed Mercier's straight and gave him the title.
This was Mercier's second bracelet win. Both his bracelets have been in Pot-Limit Omaha.
For the win, Mercier received both the bracelet and $619,575 in first-place cash.
It also brings his total career earnings in live tournaments to an astounding $6.3 million.
Michael Binger Leads $10k H.O.R.S.E. Championship
Day 2 of the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship started with 173 players and finished with just 23.
The money was barely reached by the end of the day and Michael Binger leads Thursday's field with 742,000 in chips.
Bracelet winners Chau Giang, Frankie O'Dell, John Monnette and Max Pescatori are all still alive and looking to add to their career totals.
$2.5k Reaches Money
The $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event also reached the money in Day 2 play.
Action started with 291 players and ended with just 39 looking to win the bracelet on Thursday.
Thomas Miller built a 2:1 lead over the rest of the field and will start the Day 3 with 1.35 million in chips.
Eddy Sabat, Tom Marchese and Dwyte Pilgrim are the big names still in contention.
Another Day - More New Events
A field of 2,192 players took to the felt for the latest $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event.
By the end of the day, 320 players remained and Jon Spinks was the chip leader.
The nightcap saw the $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha Event kick off.
Degens from both disciplines took to the felt to compose a field of 606 players.
Just 130 players advanced to play Day 2 of this event.
David Williams finished Day 1 as chip leader and Scott Clements headlines the players near the top of the leaderboard.
For more coverage from the WSOP, check our WSOP blogs from PokerJunkie blogger compncards.