26th of June 2016 Author: Chris Hohenstein
Each year at the WSOP, a player or two steps up and shows their dominance by making final after final and winning multiple events. Some are regulars who already have shown their skills. Others are newcomers to the scene and fade away into oblivion after the WSOP.
This year, we had to wait until event 24 to see who we would all be talking about. When Jason Mercier won his 2nd bracelet of the summer, we knew we had a great story and finally had someone to write about.
Not only did he win 2 bracelets, he's made 4 final tables, and came in 2nd in one of those. The most impressive part is that he's done this in what most will say are the toughest events at the WSOP. All have been high buy in events with small fields, but only having the best of the best in those fields. When he makes a final table, he's usually having to beat out a field of players with multiple bracelet wins of their own.
Without a doubt Mercier is having the best series with his 2 wins and almost a million in cashes. His side bets alone are becoming instant gossip legend, which is another reason we will call him the king of the WSOP up to this point.
There is one other player who deserves the same credit, but no one seems to be talking about it. Ian Johns joined Mercier as the only two players to win multiple events at the 2016 WSOP after he won Event 28, a $10,000 limit hold em event. Playing limit hold em is reason enough to give someone applause.
His first win came in event 8, a $1,500 HORSE event. We could argue that Ian's wins are more impressive since he had larger fields to beat, and he did beat Justin Bonomo heads up for the HORSE title; but this is left for you to debate.
We have yet to hear from the biggest names like Hellmuth, Ivey and Dwan. Daniel Negranue started to make waves when he came in 4th in the $1,500 Razz event, but has yet to make another final since. Hellmuth only has 2 cashes so far at the WSOP with his best finish a 15th in a Razz event.
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