Jason Mercier Goes Back-To-Back In Fantasy Poker Draft
In-form poker pro Jason Mercier has gone back-to-back in Daniel Negreanu’s $25,000 Fantasy League, with his 605 point haul securing a second consecutive title and prize money of $178,750.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, Negreanu’s yearly WSOP draft is a complicated auction-based game where players bid points against each other to “own” pros they think will do well at the Series.
Entrants’ teams are then scored based on how well their players perform at the WSOP, and with Mercier having captured the second-highest scoring player in the game in John Monnette relatively cheaply, he was always going to be in good shape to take down another WSOP Fantasy League.
Indeed, the only player to outscore Monnette in Negreanu’s game was Phil Ivey – who dragged in a total score of 272 despite being only one of three players in the top 10 point earners not to have won a bracelet – and he alone outscored the total points gathered by three teams in the league!
In the end, Mercier’s closest rival for the title was Robert Mizrachi, who finished 41 points adrift in second, while the league’s organiser Negreanu finished a lowly 8th place out of the 11 teams entered with a total score of 310. Stay tuned to see if Mercier can make it a three-peat at next year’s WSOP.