PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier had released his latest blog post over at PokerStarsBlog in which he lets us all know what his future plans are regarding poker, how things have gone recently and how he likes to play online when he is in Europe.
He first explains what he has planned for the next month, with EPT Prague and a couple of WPT Alpha8 events being his priority. We know that he likes his High Roller events and we also know that he would love to add a second EPT Main Event to his name, which explains his choices there.
“Then in December I’ll play a few different events including possibly the two Alpha8 events (in St. Kitts and Las Vegas) and also EPT Prague.”
He then described his time in London for the EPT and although he did not do too well on a personal level, the trip was a profitable one due to him backing a big winner at the stop. He also spoke about how he took the time out to play online as much as possible, simply because it is difficult for him to do so in the US.
“It’s interesting how going abroad to play live events is now something that almost always involves playing online, too, at least for U.S. players like me. I felt like I needed to take advantage of the opportunity to play online while I was in London.”
What separates good poker players from poker players that are among the best? Ambition and PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier typifies that in his last paragraph. The best players always want to be known as one of the best among their peers, want to be winning the big titles and want to be at the top of the GPI rankings.
“I just recently moved up to No. 2 in the overall Global Poker Index rankings and I’m No. 4 currently in the 2014 GPI Player of the Year race, so if I can string together a couple of scores I know I have a chance at moving up in both of those. I’m looking forward to regaining that number one spot!”
He wants to be right at the top of the game, not satisfied with being number two to anybody. Some may call that arrogance but in reality it is nothing more than passion and ambition to be considered a great. He may have a long way to go right now to be considered as such but without ambition it is highly unlikely that he would ever get there.
Just look at Daniel Negreanu, who is an excellent example of what can be achieved in the long run. He has a similar level of ambition and is more concerned with titles, honours and leaving behind a legacy than that of just purely the money.