Jason Mercier returned to the World Series of Poker and dove head first into the $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. The time off didn’t appear to hold him back too much, as Mercier went on to finish sixth in the event for $260,815.

The last time Mercier recorded a WSOP cash was June 2018 when he finished in the money of the $1,000 Tag Team event. He played the 2022 WSOP $50,000 PLO High Roller on one bullet, fading any re-entries, and worked his way to the final table of the 106-entry event. Battling with some of the best PLO players in the world, Mercier ended up finishing in sixth place. Ben Lamb was the one who knocked him out.

On Mercier’s final hand in the $50,000 PLO High Roller, Lamb opened with a button raise to 400,000, according to the WSOP.com updates, and Mercier three-bet to 1,350,000 from the small blind. Lamb called and the flop came nine-four-two with two spades. Mercier moved all in for about 1,300,000 and Lamb called. Mercier had king-king-queen-seven with no spades, and Lamb had jack-ten-nine-eight with two spades. The king of spades on the turn gave Lamb a flush, leaving Mercier needing to hit his outs to make a full house. The ace of clubs on the river wasn’t what Mercier needed and he was eliminated.

“It’s awesome just to see old friends,” Mercier said on the PokerGO Podcast. “I was making comments about how it was really cool to be like, ‘OK, me, Ben Lamb, Chance Kornuth, deep in this event.’ I was talking about it with Ben, me and him have been deep in probably 10-plus PLO tournaments, together, where we’re in the money in the final few tables, and he ends up winning or I end up winning, or one of us gets heads up. So it’s been pretty cool to see all these guys out here again. It really does feel like I never left or this is just another trip to Vegas.”

The result pushed Mercier to more than $20,000,000 in live tournament earnings, as tracked by HendonMob.com, and also moved him to fourth place on the all-time Omaha money list at the WSOP.

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