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Mercier "Freerolling for the Next Year" After WSOP Win, Huge Side Bets

14 June 2016, By: compncards
The 2016 World Series of Poker continued on from the Rio in Vegas this week and we saw multiple pros add to their career bracelet totals.

Jason Mercier not only won his fourth career bracelet, but he earned enough in prop bets for him to say he's "freerolling" for the next year.

Meanwhile, Howard Lederer followed in Jesus' footsteps and made a return to the WSOP.

Howard Lederer Returns

A week after Chris "Jesus" Ferguson returned to the felt at the World Series of Poker, Howard Lederer followed suit by entering the $10k 2-7 Lowball Championship on Saturday.

Lederer's return was not unexpected following an apology issued to the poker world through six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu. 

While many felt Lederer's apology was "too little, too late," many believed he was doing so to set the stage for a return.

Although expected, his return was met with mostly controversy as many players believe he should be banned for life from the WSOP.

The question now is how much Lederer will play and whether this is the start of a permanent return to the game or just to the WSOP.

Mercier Wins 4th Bracelet - "Freerolling the Next Year or So"

How would you like to win enough money in a single day that you could freeroll professional poker for the next year?

Jason Mercier now knows that feeling after taking down the $10k 2-7 Lowball Championship on Monday, earning his fourth career bracelet.

Mercier's victory earned him $273,335 in prize money, but the big payday came as the result of a myriad of side bets he had place prior to the series.

While he wouldn't tell reporters exactly how much he won from prop bets, estimates put that number in the high six figures.

He told reporters after winning the bracelet on Monday, "Now I'm kind of like freerolling the next year or so. It feels great to collect that kind of money in one day."

Mercier's victory came after a tough final table that included Jesse Martin, Stephen Chidwick, David Grey and Mike Watson. Watson finished runner-up to Mercier in this event. This was Watson's third runner-up finish in bracelet events.

Porter Outlasts Negreanu and Deeb to Win Third Bracelet 

Rep Porter isn't a glory hound. The multi-time bracelet winner makes it known that he plays poker for freedom and not for fame.

He is best known by most casual fans for his 12th-place finish in the 2013 WSOP Main Event. Now he is known as a three-time WSOP champion.

Porter took down the $1,500 Razz Event on Saturday to win his third bracelet. He had to outlast a stacked final table that included Daniel Negreanu and Shaun Deeb.

Deeb was first to bust from the final on Saturday and despite Negreanu's experience winning six bracelets, he only managed a fourth-place finish.

Heads-up was between Porter and two-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy. Ultimately, Porter won the title and $142,624 in prize money.

Porter had previously won a Razz bracelet in 2011, putting him in a rare club with multiple bracelets in that discipline of poker.

Volpe Highlights Other Bracelet Winners

Paul Volpe won his second career bracelet on Sunday, winning the $1,500 Eight Game Mix bracelet and $149,943.

Below is a quick recap of all bracelet winners from the past week or so:

  • Event #6 - $1,500 NL Hold'em - Peter Eichardt ($438,417)
  • Event #7 - $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball - Ryan D'Angelo ($92,338)
  • Event #8 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. - Ian Johns ($212,604)          
  • Event #9 - $10,000 Heads-Up Hold'em - Alan Percal ($320,574)
  • Event #10 - $1,500 Six-Handed NL Hold'em - Mike Cordell ($346,088)
  • Event #11 - $10,000 Dealers Choice 6-Handed - Jean Gaspard ($306,621)
  • Event #12 - $565 PL Omaha - Ryan LaPlante ($190,328)
  • Event #13 - $1,500 Razz - Rep Porter ($142,624)
  • Event #15 - $1,500 Eight Game Mix - Paul Volpe ($149,943)
  • Event #16 - $10,000 2-7 Draw - Jason Mercier ($273,335)

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