2012 WSOP Ones To Watch – The Ladies


The “Veterans”

Isabelle Mercier

Quebec’s Isabelle Mercier is quite possibly one of the most recognized female Canadian poker player names in the poker world and for good reason; she’s already had 7 WSOP cashes, including a final table appearance and is one of only 2 female in the Top 50 of the Canadian All Time Money List; or the even the Top 100 for that matter. Xuan Liu is the only female Canadian player to have bested Mercier’s over $1,200,000 in career winnings: sitting just a few spots ahead of her with a less than $80,000 lead.

While Isabelle may not be in the spotlight as much today as in past years, all it takes is a quick look at her profile pages to she is still attacking the game and pulling some cash doing it. As far as experience and performance goes, she is undoubtably at the top of the pack.

Amanda Thompson of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario already happens to own a World Series of Poker bracelet; it appears that she is the only female Canadian player that can make that claim.

She won her gold back in 1998, in a Woman’s Stud event, then just a few years latter in 2001, made the “unofficial” final table of the Woman’a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship, going out in 10th.

Those results might be a decade old, but in 2010 she made yet another WSOP final table with a 6th place finish in a $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha.

These 3 runs alone, in 3 different poker disciplines should be more than enough proof that though she maybe somewhat flying under the radar right now, Amanda could sneak up and and crush a 2012 World Series of Poker tournament at any given time.


*The Up & Comers: (Well, sort of…)

Gillian Epp

Vancouver’s Gillian Epp has already graced the covers of the both Poker Player Canada and World Poker Tour Magazines, but so far it hasn’t been winning tournaments that has been her claim to fame. Epp is felt crushing High Stakes cash game player and she earns bricks and bricks of cash at it. No matter where she decides to play in the world, many don’t see her coming and pay dearly for that mistake, from the bankrolls that is. She’s also already been signed by several online sites, so we aren’t the only ones thinking that this one of our next poker superstars in the making.

We’ve heard from some reliable sources that when she isn’t punishing players in the ring games, Gillian does plan on taking a WSOP tournament seat or two and expect good results from this one when she does.

April Facey

Also from the West Coast, April Facey is no stranger to $1,000+ buy-in tournament poker, she’s cashed in the $2,700 Johnny Chan Poker Classic and many of the regular Vancouver tournaments. April has also already put one WSOP cash on the board in the Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship last year; had her pocket Aces held against her opponents Kings, we are sure that finish would have been much deeper.

A Member of Blues Shark Optics (the official eyewear of the WSOP) Team Canada, her poker bio gives us a little history on her entrance on to the scene: “Her passion for poker began in 2006 when she appeared on Fox Television’s Calvin Ayre Wildcard Poker as an amateur.”

Seems her poker career is off to pretty decent start with no lack of being noticed and we have a hunch the best is yet to come for April.


*Never To Late to Make Note of the Notables

Caroline Hermesh

We didn’t see British Columbia’s Caroline Hermesh coming, but how could we? It doesn’t appear that she had any prior “official” or tracked tournament scores, but Caroline has already appeared at one 2012 WSOP Stud Final Table this summer.

It’s not exactly the most popular game or at all easy to run that deep, so clearly Hermesh has been playing for awhile. If she’s now taking her “A” game to the “streets”, (pun intended), chances are we’ll see Caroline turn up in the results very soon again.










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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.


  1. Interesting take on a few of these players, as I’ve watched the styles change I hope you don’t really believe you can read a woman’s nuance from a booth, just sayin.


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