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Fantasy Poker Bet: Team Clements vs. Team Mercier

Fantasy Poker Bet: Team Clements vs. Team Mercier
by Chad Holloway of

Being the Fantasy Poker guru that I am, I was happy to see the topic in recent poker news. According to the story, Scott Clements and Jason Mercier put an undisclosed amount of money on the line (rumored to be quite high) revolving around BLUFF’s 2010 Player-of-the-Year race. The bet was made at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and each chose ten players to comprise their team.

These teams would earn POY points throughout the year and whatever team finished with the most points would win the bet. Since PCA Main Event was going on, both Clements and Mercier focused heavily on players still in the tournament (getting the right player could give them an early lead in the race). After a coin flip, Clements choose Jeff Madsen with the first pick. “The PCA Main Event was under way when we started this draft and there were 65 players left,” Clements explained. “I knew Jeff Madsen was still in.”

Here's how their teams ended up:

Team Clements
Jeff Madsen
Eric “basebaldy” Baldwin
Nick Schulman
Jonathan Little
Nick Binger
Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier
Jason Potter
Daniel Negreanu
Joe Serock
Yevgeniy Timoshenko

Team Mercier
Praz Bansi
Amit Makhija
Christian Harder
Dan O’Brien
Faraz Jaka
Todd Terry
Mike Binger
Ben Zamani
J.C. Tran
Vivek Rajkumar

“Jason and I are both pretty competitive. It’s something that would be fun to watch throughout the year, and also [we] talk a little trash to each other,” Clements says. “Even though we have the bet, I won’t root against him. I still want him to win. He’s still a friend, even if it costs me money.” It should be interesting to see how this bet pans out throughout the year.


This bet also shed light on another Fantasy Poker option, a league based around the Player-of-the-Year race. It’s so simple that anyone can do it. All you’d need to do is get another player or a group of players, draft a team of ten, and see how they do. You could choose one of the two most popular POY races in BLUFF or CardPlayer as your scoring system. Not only would they take care of calculating the score, they also report on the various tournaments, giving you up-to-the-minutes updates. This can be fun as you can monitor your roster’s success while cheering them on.

If you’re interested in Fantasy Poker and would like further news and updates, sign-up at and check out the blog. Otherwise, checkout the Fantasy Poker articles in Poker Pro and Online Poker Pro Magazines.


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