I’m currently in Barcelona where I’ll be shooting Pokerstars commercials for the next week.  This is something I’m extremely excited about because I had a blast the last time I was involved in such projects a couple years back!  It should be a really fun week in Barcelona as I’m going to get to hang out with some of my fellow Team Pokerstars Pros.  It’s so rare that we get to hang out without having to, well, play poker.  It will be awesome to spend some quality time with friends like Daniel Negreanu (who just won World Series of Poker Player of the Year- congrats!), Liv Boeree, Jonathon Duhamel, David Williams, and Elky!  I’m sure there will be plenty of poker to be talked about, but I’m really looking forward to catching up with them about what’s going on in their lives outside of poker!  Today, I had an amazing conversation with Andre Aakari (Team Pro Brazil) about his businesses, how to manage money, and our families.  Andre and I became close in 2008 before I was even with Pokerstars.  He was one of only two people that had a piece of me when I won the EPT London High Roller event that year, 5%, which got him about $50,000.


Mercier Negreanu

Me and Daniel off set in Barcelona.


Speaking of what’s going on outside of poker, I’m currently in the process of getting my life organized!  This process has sparked an interest in me to do many things that I didn’t think I wanted to do, and also didn’t even think were possible.  In just the last 3 months since leaving Las Vegas at the end of the World Series of Poker, I sold my house in South Florida and bought a new condo, opened a business (future blogpost), and most importantly- regained my faith in God.


One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m a Christian.  It’s not something that I’ve been very open about over the last 6 years since coming into the limelight.  To be honest, I was too scared of what people might think of me, and didn’t feel strong enough in my faith to be open about it.  These past few months I have had some major changes happen in my way of thinking about life.  There have been some bumps in the road that have helped me refocus on what is truly important, and have taught me invaluable life lessons.  I hope to share these feelings and experiences with all of you over time.  I have realized that there is so much more in this life that I want to accomplish, professionally and personally!


One thing I hope to accomplish in the upcoming years is to write a book about my life.  I hope to start this project VERY soon as I feel like I am ready to take on the task.  It’s something that I knew I always wanted to do, but 2013 really sealed the deal for me.  I have already started to formulate my ideas for the book and have a very good “outline,” at least in my head, for the direction I want to go with the book.  I’m hoping to start the project early next year, but there are some important steps that need to be taken before it can begin.  I know the process will be very time consuming, however the idea of it alone is incredibly motivating to me!


I think that it’s finally time for me to start really showing the public who I am as a person, not just what I can do at the poker table.  I’ve been, in my opinion, very quiet and somewhat reserved on television, in interviews, and with social media.  I want to everyone to see who I truly am!


On that note, I’d like to publicly thank my family and friends for standing by me through these first 9 years of my career in becoming and being a professional poker player.  It has been a roller coaster in many ways.  I remember being 10 years old and happy as a clam, when my oldest brother got his first job, because that meant I could negotiate with him to pay me small change to do his chores. I have realized over time that there is more to life than the pursuit of wealth and “fame”.  Every decision I have made, whether good or bad, has led me to where I am RIGHT NOW!  I have undergone many changes this year, all for the better.  It’s time to make the most of this life!  I’m hoping to help change the world, to make it a better place!  #innovate #educate


“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13


Nice post man...I saw you when I started playing a couple years ago and saw something different in you. I have wondered if you were a Christian and I'm glad to hear it! Keep up the good work!
Author: Shane Cunningham
VERY inspiring bro...keep it up.
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What a great story you have already told. Thank you for the courage to be vocal about your faith. I'm sure there will be many who will doubt your authenticity and to them just say I speak the truth. God Loves a man with the faith and courage you possess. HE needs us out there. God Bless You Jerry
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Please write a book! I'd be very pleased to read it! And it's not always that you get to see people in a position like yours being honest about their lifes, especially such intimate issues such as religion. I'm very proud. Keep up the good work
Author: Marcos Henrique
Glory be to God. Your story is great for me to share with my friends and family as I try to get there support in me playing poker full time. I'm a strong Christian and want to grind full time so your testimony is awesome to me. May God pour out his favor on you bro. Hes the best sponsor we can get in this lifetime. I'll be rooting you on.
Author: Dillon Kreider
love this post, jason. if i'm not mistaken, the man standing with you in the picture above is also a man of faith. keep the faith, bro.
Author: cigarsonist
Jason, That is awesome and thrilling to hear of your plans to reveal a deeper side of you that includes Christ and what he has done in your life. Stay strong on that path and he will be lead you where you need to go and provide all the tools and timing to do so. Good to have another strong Christian poker player out there, especially one who has the ability and passion to reach so many. Wright
Author: EmmausDawg
Let me help you with you book, ill give you the cliffs. - grocery worker - gets good at pokers - binks 1milly plus live - continues run good, gets signed to PS - becomes total degen, ofc and betting everything, silly props - found god. - now gonna lose all this fans, including me
Author: JamesQ
Very impressive. I look forward to your future posts. This world would be a better place if more young people as yourself had your commitment to being focused on what really matters in life. You are centered. Best of luck in your future endevors!
Author: Cheryl
Jason, Just wanted to say congrats on your first 9 years and more importantly for your realization that it IS both the successes and failures that teach you and make you who you are. From your post it appears that you are headed in a great direction both professionally and personally. Good luck on your journey.
Author: Craig R
A friend wanted me to share this info with you Jason, "NANOWRIMO National Novel Writers starts Nov write a book in a month...please let him know. It sounds like he may be up for that."
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Hey Jason.....don't wait on the book...check out NANOWRIMO....National Novel Writing starts in a few days.
Author: Reeni
I too am a christian and I love poker. I thank God that our standing with Him is not based on our righteousness But on His gift of righteousness! You see, Jesus came into this world in order to make sin a "non-issue"! Now The Fathers love has no bounds or limits! Always remember, God's always got ur back and he is always in your Corner! His love for is unconditional and he is passionate about bringing success and victory into ur life. He is ur victory, he is ur success. Practice His Presence in ur life and always believe in His neverending Favor And Grace on ur life wherever you go and in whatever you do!
Author: Mr T
Well Done Jason!!
Author: Troy Hodges
Thanks for sharing this information Jason, I would have never guessed the individual you were underneath. I look forward to hearing more about your adventures in this life.
Author: Christina
You can achieve it all Jason! But please, don't ever stop playing Poker, I've learned a lot so far just by watching you. I would do a lot to be your pupil. Life it's short, we can have a lot of things in it, but only one, truly accomplishes us. Happyness and good memories. Go for it!! ;)
Author: Hugo Alves
Awesome Blog Sir!! God is madly in love with ALL of us NO matter what!!
Author: John Cook
You had my respect before, now even more. GL with your projects.
Author: @Boogiebrasil
Nice post. I was already a fan of the poker player and now became a person's fan.
Author: Sergio Bueno
Hi Jason! I'm friends with your dad. We went to school together. I truly enjoyed reading this. It is awesome to hear of your renewed faith and your willingness to share that with the world. I would love to read your book one day. Keep the faith! God bless you always! P.S. Phil 4:13, one of my favorite!
Author: Pegi Lullie
Congratulations for the post Jason Mercier, I learned it by André Akkari. I really nifty part that you talk about your faith in Christ, because I am also a Christian. Good luck in your work!
Author: Lauro Sérgio
Awesome post Jason. Thanks.
Author: Jay
Great read Jason! There is no doubt that you will achieve your goals. Looking forward to your success!
Author: Marc Brody
Jason its very refreshing to hear someone in the poker world come out and be proud of being a Christian. Its amazing that we find it more normal to talk about our sexuality and party experiences with strangers than to talk about our spirituality. I do have a question though. Would you please talk about what its like to be a Christian and also a Gambler. Ive always felt that mainstream poker media does not talk about the thousands and thousands of young people that fall victim to the evils of Gambling in there pursuit of role models like yourself. It would be great to read your thoughts on that.
Author: nikolas jones
It will be an interesting read im sure to say the least of how your path led you to where you are today. Its my dream/goal to become a professional poker player although i know its not as easy as the top elite make it seem. Lots of ups and downs but the idea of financial freedom and travelling the world doing what you love sounds awesome to me. I live in south Florida on the west coast and often think about driving over to see all the pros, and just say hi. I figure immersing myself around the people that are doing what im dreaming of would be a good start hehe Though im just another random fan as you guys probably deal with tons over the course of your travels. Anyway its good to hear things are going well for you, and hopefully continue to do so. :)
Author: a.bieber
Great blog!! Good luck on the adventure ! They say gambling and religion don't mix well .... Glad poker is not gambling and skill always prevails. Good luck on the book as well !!
Author: chris
Good for you man. The daily struggle never stops, but makes you stronger.
Author: Wes from Texas
Well said Jason, stay strong in your faith, God Bless!
Author: Jack gilbertson
This is fantastic, bro. God is good! Let's catch up if you're ever in NOLA. Which you should be. Because it's wonderful.
Author: Mike Porfiris
Right on Jason, GL in your future endeavors, from a poker fan perspective, always act like a first class guy.
Author: Kyle
Jason, great read, my man. Here is a question for you regarding your faith and family and so forth. I just started playing poker more seriously here in Maryland (MD Live opened in August). Both of my parents are ordained pastors and preach on Sunday and everything: I grew up in church. I have yet to tell them I play poker because there is a small fear that they may "Restrict" me from doing so. My question: Did you have this issue at all with your folks, and if so, how did you handle it? Thanks, man, and seriously, this post shot you to the top of my favorite player list, instantly and by far. ~Trey
Author: Tr3y
Jason, great post, my man. I recently just started playing poker more seriously (now that Maryland has Maryland Live). However, I have not informed my parents who are both ordained pastors, fearing that they may "restrict" me from playing. Did you have this problem at first with your parents and if so, how did you handle it?
Author: Trey
Thanks for coming out! It is too bad so many Christians think poker is a sin. It is only a sin when it runs your life and you are putting it First instead of putting Jesus first. That goes for any business a person might be in. Being a waiter can be a sin if it is the most important thing in your life and it controls you. Stay strong and keep Him first.
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Thank you so much for your honesty. We all have fallen short but He has never left us. I too felt led to write my story and just completed it. I went thru the 60's and 70's as far away from Him as you can get. The Lord can use either of us to reach who He wishes. I am very proud of you and of your Canadian friend in the picture as I from Peterborough, Ontario.
Author: ken metherel
Thanks for sharing, Jason, appreciate your openness, and opportunity for inspiration! Keep up the great work!
Author: Brian Klimowski
great blog. Don't ever be afraid to be a Cristian or to be who you are.
Author: cgus3
Sounds good Jason, glad to hear it. God bless and I look forward to hearing more about your faith. Don't be afraid to talk about it, all of it, even if you know people don't want to hear it. Most people just want to fluff Christianity spoken of, but when you start to focus on Christ that's when people start to take offense. Anyway, take care.
Author: Scott
Nice read. My favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33
Author: TheRealBobG
Way to go, Jason! May your life be a blessing to those around you. Let your light shine! God needs his people in all walks of life.
Author: Tim
Great read! Always been a huge fan and never got to really see this side of you. Looking forward to the book and what the future holds for you. Big things I'm sure. Wish ya nothing but the best in your future endeavours, both on and off the felt.
Author: Matt
Keep up the good work. I was asked to leave a church during the poker boom because of my bad example. Apart from the poker playing I volunteered at a homeless shelter/soup kitchen, am a volunteer chaplain at the local hospital, and do one or two other things to be salt, light, and a servant. The stock brokers and mortgage bankers were ok. Me, I had to leave. I just said thank you for having me and left. Do you ever get flack from Christians because of poker? John Berry @pokerchaplain
Author: John Berry
Really liked reading this about your personal life. I hope you the best for the future!
Author: Fabio
Interesting read, I think it's great you're opening up about who you really are. Looking forward to reading more :) What motivated you to make these changes this year?
Author: mashedpotatoes
Hey Jason, We've never met but I've been following your posts for a while now. I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to share with you about how much of an impact you just made putting your faith in Christ out there. There are so many people in the world of poker that are lost and find themselves with the lust of money, fame, greed, etc.. and many of these people look up to you and admire your success and skill for the game. I'm encouraging you bro to keep this boldness for God and carry it with you daily. You've blessed me in writing this and I believe others will feel the same way. Take care. - Dan Powers
Author: Dan Powers
Interesting read, I think it's great that you're opening up about who you really are. Looking forward to reading more :) What motivated to make these changes this year?
Author: whenwillitend
Jason, I really appreciate this blog post. I'm the guy always asking you to buy lamers every summer at the WSOP, thanks for helping me out with those as much as you do! While I don't play professionally, poker is one of my passions and I dedicate a lot of time to it. I've followed you ever since I first started hearing your name about 5 years ago knowing you come from a Christian family, I've always been interested in getting your take on being a Christian in an industry where there aren't many. Being a Christian, I feel I have to often hide the fact that I'm a poker player due to the lack of understanding in the Christian community. Anyway, I think it's awesome that you're being more outspoken with your faith now. So many people look up to you and you're a great light in the industry. Best of luck! -Matt
Author: Matt Ernst
Awesome news man. Love hearing that your a child of god. Poker is a game and a job for you but I love the platform that god had given you to tell people about Jesus. So cool man. Hey a cool pastor that is in ft laudy tullian Tchividjian ( billy Graham's grandson )
Author: Jfore
Excellent post! I too am a Christian and play poker. Although, there are some aspects of my life I could be more Christ-like, I feel I set a good example for my children! Congrats on your new outlook and hope for the best! Leaders lead by example, and I commend you for your choice.
Author: Akash Chand
Jason - So glad to hear you've re-embraced your faith. I'm a bigger fan than ever. You will be a great example and witness for all Christians!!
Author: Teri Edwards
Exodus 31:12-15 "Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy. Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy. Anyone who desecrates it must die" Ever worked on a Sunday Jason?
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