Just a week after poker players Jason Mercier and Natasha Barbour tied the knot, both have cashed in the $3,500 buy-in Seminole Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open Main Event in Florida, finishing 36th and 35th respectively, which was good for a $11,430 cash for each of them.
The payouts began when there were 72 finishers remaining in the event. Former November Niner Russell Thomas was the unfortunate bubble boy, finishing in 73rd place. When you consider the fact that the Seminole poker tournament attracted 760 entrants, for both newlywed poker pros to go that deep in the field in the same tournament is a quite a remarkable achievement. Although it goes without saying that Jason and Natasha would no doubt have been looking to have made it heads-ups together.
The Seminole Rock ‘n’ Roll Main Event is still going on and Upeshka De Silva had the chip lead heading into Day 4. The winner of the tournament will be taking home a massive $560,000, which will be decided on Wednesday after another full day’s play.
De Silva, who resides in Texas, might be a familiar face to some people in the poker world because he finished 36th in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, and took down the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event earlier that summer.
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Jason Mercier has amassed over $17 million in earnings, while Natasha Mercier has a very respectable poker resume herself, having won over $1 million in lifetime earnings to date.
You might remember Jason Mercier being involved in a huge prop bet with Vanessa Selbst . He stood to win $1.8 million if he won three bracelets. He went mighty close winning Event #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship and Event #24: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship, and finished runner-up in Event #20: $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship.
As you can see from the picture above, Jason proposed to his girlfriend at a 2016 WSOP final table this summer. They got married on November 20th in Miami, Southern Florida.