Jason Mercier to Stream PokerStars WCOOP $102K Event Live on Twitch
Poker pro Jason Mercier, arguably the hottest (not in THAT way) poker tournament player in the world right now, has decided that he will broadcast his play in the upcoming PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker $102,000 Super High Roller Event live on Twitch.
If a buy-in of $102,000 sounds rather high, then you are right. That is quite high and that is not a typo. Last year, the WCOOP included a $51,000 buy-in Super High Roller tournament that was the most expensive online poker tournament of all time; this one, doubling it, clearly takes the crown now. The winner, no matter how many players enter, is guaranteed at least a $2 million payday. Players may re-enter one time if they bust out, provided it is done during the extended registration period; registration closes five hours after the start of the tournament.
By now, we are all used to seeing players’ hole cards on television and have been able to enjoy an “almost live” World Series of Poker final table for a number of years. With just a 30-minute delay due to Nevada gaming regulations, we can see every hand the November Nine play out, complete with commentary and hole cards. Online poker fans have also been watching poker streams on Twitch for a few years already, but those are usually cash games or Sit-and-Go’s.
Now, we are all going to get to watch and listen to one of the absolute best players of his generation in Jason Mercier, not just in some cash game, but in the priciest online tournament of all time and in the most prestigious online poker tournament series in history. Mercier’s stream will be on a 15-minute delay so that his opponents can’t just pull up the PokerStars Twitch channel and see his hole cards as they play against him. Sure, his opponents will still have an information edge over him as the tournament goes on, but these are the sacrifices that he is making for entertainment and education of the poker community.
The godfather of poker Twitch streaming, Jason Somerville, will be following along, providing commentary, though he will not be giving Mercier advice or helping him in any way (and no offense to Somerville, who is an excellent poker player in his own right, but I don’t think Mercier needs to be taking poker advice from anybody).
“The WCOOP is the premier online tournament series of the year, and our 15th annual Championship is the biggest yet with over $50 million guaranteed. There was great buzz last year about the $51,000 Super High Roller, but we’ve upped the ante this year by doubling that record to $102,000,” said PokerStars’ Director of Corporate Communications Eric Hollreiser in a press release. “Jason Mercier streaming the event and showing his hole cards gives poker fans an amazing opportunity to jump on board the action and excitement. On top of that, Jason Somerville has made Twitch the premiere channel for poker fans and knows how to put on a truly great show. All this combined is going to make for some intense Sunday poker watching.”
The $102,000 Super High Roller Event begins at 12:30ET on Sunday, September 11th.
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