It would seem that 2011 is not so much of a new year after all, not for the North American Poker Tour anyway. With Vanessa Selbst holding onto her NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Event, Jason Mercier has now kept the trend going by winning the Shootout event for two years running.
And what a win. Mercier took $142,600 for winning the final shootout table, $40,000 for winning his preliminary table, $14,000 for collecting no less than seven preliminary bounties, $30,000 for three final table bounties and $20,000 for winning the overall bounty prize. This gave him a grand total of $246,000; not bad for one night’s work.
This means that Mercier now has a total of ten tournament titles under his belt, despite only taking up poker professionally three years ago. Talking to the PokerStars blog, Mercier stated that he feels the key to poker success is, ironically, that there isn’t one. “I just try to make the right plays and do the best I can” he stated, “there is no real secret to it.”
Jason hails from Hollywood, Florida. Previous first place finishes include: the EPT Sanremo, 2008 European Poker Championships, London, 2009 L.A. Poker Classic, Los Angeles, The Wynn Classic, Las Vegas and the 2009 40th World Series of Poker in the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha game, among others.
Taking second place runner-up position in the NAPT Shootout was newly signed Team PokerStars pro Eugene Katchalov, who finished with $68,000. Despite finishing in third place, Michael Pesek picked up slightly more winnings thanks to his bounty-hunting skills, boosting his bankroll by a respectable $70,000.
Final table positions and winnings were as follows:
1. Jason Mercier – $246,600
2. Eugene Katchalov – $68,000
3. Michael Pesek – $70,000
4. Jonathan Jaffe – $54,000
5. Taylor von Kriegenbergh – $44,000
6. Jimmie Guinther – $42,000
7. Scott Blackman – $44,000
8. Micah Raskin – $46,000
9. Joe Sweeney – $52,000