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Mercier Extends His POY Lead, Jesus Makes a Final Table

27 June 2016, By: compncards
Jason Mercier continues his blessed run at the 2016 WSOP.

After his recent final table appearance in the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, he has taken a dominant lead in the WSOP Player of the Year Race.

Meanwhile, Jesus continues to perform poker miracles and has put together an amazing run this summer despite being away from the game for five years.

Finally, Maria Ho had her best shot at winning a WSOP bracelet since her runner-up finish in 2011 but fell just short.

Mercier Extends WSOP POY Lead

Jason Mercier continues his amazing summer at the 2016 World Series of Poker.

After winning his second bracelet of the series on June 15 he's gone on to cash four additional times and made the final table of the $10k Omaha Hi-Lo Championship.

In total, Mercier has eight cashes this WSOP with four final tables and two bracelet victories. So far he has won over $927,000 at the tables and well over a million in bracelet bets.

Mercier's dominant performance has allowed him to take a dominating lead in the Global Poker Index WSOP Player of the Year Race. Mercier presently has 1782.65 points, a 530.07 lead over second place Martin Kozlov.

Kozlov recently won $10k NL Hold'em Six-Max Championship on Saturday, just a couple of days after finishing 11th in the Summer Solstice.

He has five cashes this WSOP, two final tables and one bracelet. Double bracelet winner Benny Glaser is currently in third with 1156.57 points.

While it's a bit early to be talking POY, Mercier has posted such a massive lead already that he's going to be a contender whatever happens during the rest of the year.

Chris Ferguson Performing Well This Summer

One of the biggest stories in the early days of the 2016 WSOP was the return of Chris "Jesus" Ferguson to action. After a five-year hiatus, he entered the $10k Stud Championship and subsequently busted in 90 minutes.

While some felt this was a bit of poetic justice, everything else for Ferguson this summer seems to be going divinely for the former five-time bracelet winner.

Ferguson doesn't look to have lost a step and has posted five cashes during the 2016 WSOP.  After finishing 19th in the $1,500 Dealer's Choice Event, he then finished 13th in the $565 PLO Event.

Ferguson then cashed in both the Millionaire Maker and the $3k Six-Max. He then went on back-to-back deep runs in $10k Championship events. First, he finished 26th in the $10k H.O.R.S.E.

Next, Ferguson made his first WSOP final table since 2008 when he made the finals of the $10k NL Hold'em Six-Max Championship.

Ferguson fell short of his sixth bracelet but managed to finish 4th for $183,989. That was his largest individual cash since the 2009 WPT L.A. Poker Classic.

Those rooting for a poor run this summer by Ferguson have been sorely disappointed and judging from past performances, it appears that he isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Maria Ho Gets Another Shot at Bracelet But Falls Short

Maria Ho isn't just any female poker player.

Ho has had a sterling record in her career at the WSOP and holds the record for most money won by a woman in a single WSOP event in Las Vegas.  In 2011, she finished runner-up in the $5k NL Event for $540,020.

She's also a two-time Last Woman Standing in the Main Event and if one were to take bets on which female pro will win a bracelet in 2016, Ho would be on the short list along with Vanessa Selbst.

On Monday, Ho got her best shot to win a bracelet since 2011 when she made the final table of the $3k NL Hold'em Shootout.

The final table of this event included a solid mix of amateur and pro players. Pros Faraz Jaka and Stephen Chidwick both made the final but were the first two eliminated.

Ho's stack dropped in the early levels of the final table but she managed to make a comeback to get to about the middle of the pack.

She remained there for the majority of the final table but was never able to make a serious charge for the chip lead.

Ultimately, Ho fell in 4th place, earning $87,487. This was her fifth cash this WSOP and her third career final table.

Her final table appearance brings her career total to $1.98 million, good for 10th on the Women's All-Time Money List.

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