The reigning World Series of Poker Player of the Year and 2015 Spring Championships of Online Poker Player of the Year, Jason Mercier, is planning to stream his action in the $102,000 World Championships of Online Poker Super High Roller on Twitch.
In a recent interview with PokerNews, Daniel Negreanu said the organisers of the 15th Annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) had gone a little nuts after declaring that entrants in the $102,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Super High Roller could re-enter.
It’s not just the organisers who have gone a little crazy.
Jason Mercier, who was once famously dubbed a ‘bad reg’ by Doug Polk, is the reigning World Series of Poker (WSOP) Player of the Year (POY) and 2015 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) POY, proving he knows a thing or two about winning poker tournaments.
This weekend, Mercier will stream his entire involvement in the event on the PokerStars Twitch channel, Facebook page, YouTube channel and PokerStars.tv. Twitch poker phenomenon Jason Somerville will also be on hand in the commentary booth to talk through the action.
It’s a move that has little merit for Mercier and a lot for his employer. Scott Ball, Community Development and Poker Manager for Twitch, told PokerStars in a press release that he was looking ‘forward to seeing Jason’s strategy unfold hand by hand and learning from him.’
So will the other players in the event.
Mercier will be showing his opponent’s his hole cards with a 15-minute delay. The buy-in is the largest in online poker history, doubling the $51k event that premiered last season, and that means a small field of quality players.
His decision to show his hole cards gives all of his opponents an edge in a game where there are few, and this makes BetStars decision to install him as the 18/1 favourite alongside Phil ‘RaiseOnce’ Ivey a mistake in my book.
The $102,000 buy-in event is one of 82 events carrying $50m in guarantees. The event begins Sunday, September 11, at 13:30 (ET). It’s a two-day event.
Incidentally, Fedor ‘CrownUpGuy’ Holz, the man who cannot lose tournaments, is 22/1.