The record will show that Jason Mercier earned $273,335 for his victory at the World Series of Poker on Monday night.
In reality, the popular 29-year-old professional poker player from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will collect much more.
Mercier took down the $10,000 buy-in No-limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship on Monday night at the Rio Convention Center and, as a result, will collect on numerous lucrative side bets he made with other players that he would win a bracelet this summer.
Mercier defeated Mike Watson of Canada for his fourth career bracelet and is one of 39 players in WSOP history to reach that milestone.
“I won’t get into specifics, but I won way, way more than first place,” Mercier told reporters.
Mercier tweeted on May 31 he was offering 3-to-1 odds on winning a bracelet at this summer’s WSOP and went down to 2.7-to-1 a week later. He must have received plenty of action because Mercier told reporters afterward, “With all the side action, this one ended up being one of my biggest wins of all time.”
Mercier now is one-third of the way to collecting on an even bigger prop bet with fellow pro Vanessa Selbst. Should he win a total of three bracelets this summer, Mercier would pocket $1.8 million.
“If I can win another (bracelet) really quick, it would be a sick sweat the rest of the series,” Mercier said. “Now I’m kind of freerolling the next year.”
Mercier’s victory comes weeks after renowned high-stakes online player Doug Polk called him a “bad (regular).”
Mercier now has $16.7 million in career live tournament earnings, according to Global Poker Index’s Hendon Mob Poker Database. This marked the third time Mercier reached a final table in No-limit 2-7 Draw Lowball after he finished third in 2014 and seventh in 2011.
“I have been wanting to win this event for a long time, and to get here against this kind of field was really nice,” Mercier said. “It also helps that I had lots of side action riding on winning a bracelet this year.”