Jason Mercier began today 87th out of 88 players in the counts, but he's gotten off on the right foot after taking a pot off of Naoya Kihara.
We caught up with the hand on the second draw, by which point Mercier was standing pat while Kihara was drawing one on each of the last two opportunities. Kihara check-called Mercier's bet after the second draw, then both checked on the end.
"I have a deuce," said Kihara, showing a . Mercier spread out his hand — — and it was good enough as Kihara mucked.