July 27, 2015 / By index
PokerStars might as well name SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) after Jason Mercier, the man who had won three titles of the online tournament since Sunday from the 2015 Edition. “Jason Mercier Spring Poker Invitational” will be more appropriate as he has amassed three titles which included a near $180,000 win at SCOOP-20-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em today.
In back to back wins, Mercier won events in SCOOP-05-H: $2,100 FL Badugi and SCOOP-08-H: $2,100 NL Draw last week. In the two victories he defeated a field of 99 which is a combined 56 and 43. The third victory was accomplished by overwhelming a crowded 398 entries, including a toughie in the final table where he encountered Calvin “cal42688” Anderson and Ryan “HITTHEPANDA” Franklin.
The results from the SCOOP-20-H: $2,100 NL Hold’em [4-Max] made Jason Mercier the champion with $178,457 first prize followed by Ryan “HITTHEPANDA” Franklin and Calvin “cal42688” Anderson with $152,789 and $68,408 respectively.
The events went on for two days and on the first day close saw 16 players remaining in the field. The field had top online poker players such as Griffin “Flush_Entity” Benger at the 16th place, Tom “hitthehole” Middleton at the 15th and Jeremy “EndlessJ” Menard at 13th spot. They won $9,209 each for their efforts.
“TransSib” was busted to the fourth place on the final table, and Mercier in a three-handed play had a hard battle with Anderson. Mercier worked his way to take the lead in chip and in the process he busted Anderson to third spot. Anderson who had already registered a record sixth SCOOP top prize win in the early part of the series finished with $70,000.
A deal was discussed as the tournament stood paused, between Franklin and Mercier which resulted in Mercier getting $170,457 and Franklin receiving $152,789. Both left the title and the $8000 to play for. The match resumed after this exchange but it was over even before that.