On June 2nd, 2009, the stack just keeps getting bigger for poker pro Jason Mercier in the World Series of Poker's $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event. The PL.com poker pro blogger can almost completely disappear behind the massive chip stack of chips he accumulated as the tournament continues on Day Two. Mercier started the day as the chip leader with eighty-one players remaining in contention.
Mercier's stack remained at 300K as the day continues and another thirty-six participants had hit the rail. The PLO event attracted more than 900 players, giving expert Omaha players a lot of opportunities to take advantage of a big number of inexperienced players. Mercier said before the start of Day 2 that there is not a big difference between the participants who know what they are doing compared to the participants that do not know what they are doing. He added that it's just that in PLO, you can exploit your advantage with other players more compared with other poker variations.
Mercier's recent dominance in Omaha started to take shape when he finished in 8th place in the PLO Championship at the World Series of Poker Europe last September 2008. Mercier also won the world poker tour LA Classic PLO event in February and finished in 2nd place in the Wynn Classic PLO event in March. Just a few weeks ago, Mercier followed that up with a win at the FTOPS PLO online event.
Fellow PL.com pro blogger Matt Stout also advance to Day Two, cashing in his first ever live PLO event. Stout said that the whole experience was very interesting for him because he do not have a lot of experience in PLO.
June 28, 2009