Jason Mercier has defeated Ryan Franklin in heads-up action, taking his third Spring Championships of Online Poker title in less than a week and winning Event #20: $2,100 (H) No-Limit Hold’em (4-Max).
Jason Mercier is running riot at the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). The Team PokerStars Pro has switched himself off from the outside world, and it’s paying dividends with three SCOOP titles in less than a week.
His latest triumph comes in Event #20: $2,100 (H) No-Limit Hold’em (4-Max) where he bested a field of 398 players to take down the first prize of $178,457, after securing a deal with the runner-up Ryan “HITTHEPANDA’ Franklin. Mercier’s previous two victories came in Event #5: $2,100 (H) Fixed-Limit Badugi, and Event #8: $2,100 (H) No-Limit Draw, but this was a much bigger prize.
The victory was made even sweeter as Calvin “cal42688” Anderson also made the final table. Earlier in the festival, Anderson became the most successful SCOOP player of all-time when he bagged his sixth success. Mercier needs to win three more to catch up. Anderson finished in third.
Once Anderson was sent to the rail, Mercier and Franklin agreed a deal that left $8,000, and the title, to play for. Mercier would get a tad lucky in the final hand after his pocket nines turned a set, in an all-in encounter against Franklin’s pocket tens.
Mercier’s third victory places him at the head of the SCOOP High Leaderboard with 355 points. Anderson is second with 255 points. Sitting in third position is Nicolas ‘niccc’ Chouity. The former EPT Grand Final Champion beat 858 players to win Event #22: $700 (H) NL (6-Max, Variable Levels) for $101,276.54. He also finished third in Event #21: $700 (H) PL 5-Card Omaha (6-Max, 1R1A) for $39,820.20.
In other SCOOP High news, Sam “Str8$$$Homey” Greenwood won $141,960 after beating 338 entrants to win Event #25: $2,100 (H) PLO Omaha (6-Max, Turbo, Zoom). Andy “RunThisTable” Lichtenberger was sixth.