Local player busted from $42 million poker tourney

Jason Mercier is from Davie

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LAS VEGAS - A South Florida man busted out of the World's richest poker tournament in history.

Jason Mercier, from Davie, was just one of 20 players remaining when he went heads up against famed player Antonio Esfandfiari in Las Vegas on Monday night.

Mercier, 25, pushed in all of his $10 million plus chips and Esfandfiari called.

Mercier turned over two kings and Esfandfiari turned over two aces.

The aces held up against the kings and Mercier was busted.

He finished out of the money.

48 players paid $1 million to enter the World Series of Poker's "Big One for Big Drop" tournament.

There are only 8 left. The last man standing will win $18,346,673.

Mercier, who is from Davie, was ESPN's top-ranked player in the World as of June 2011.

He has earned nearly $8 million playing poker.

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, who is from Hollywood, was knocked out of the event on day one.

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