Michael Watson Wins WSOPE €50k High Roller For €1 Million

Michael Watson Wins WSOPE €50k High Roller For €1 MillionCanada’s Mike Watson has just won the WSOPE €50,000 High Roller event, after defeating a field of 60 players over three days to claim a prestigious gold bracelet, and collect the €1 million ($1,304,648) first place prize.
With his remarkable victory in Cannes, the 28 year-old pro with $2,520,161 in online cashes under the screen name “SirWatts,” also takes his live tournament winnings to an impressive $5,286,969. Commenting on winning his first WSOP bracelet, the Toronto resident said:
“I just figured I’d probably bubble and go home in a rage. It’s been a long few days, but obviously it all worked out. This is one of the most incredible days of poker I’ve ever played, coming in super short to start the day and then just winning every single all-in. It feels incredible.”
By the time the €50k High Roller reached its final table, Mike “SirWatts” Watson was the short stack on just 12bbs, with all eyes, instead, focused on such tough players as John Juanda, Philipp Gruissem, Tobias Reinkemeier and David Benefield.
However, Mike Watson managed to stay afloat and survive long enough to see the other bigger stacks lock horns and knock each other out. Eventually, making it through to four-handed play, the Canadian (Ah-Jh) scored his first elimination against Philipp Gruissem (2-2) and after John Juanda dispatched Malaysian businessman  Richard Yong to the rail in 3rd, the heads-up phase of the tournament between Juanda and Watson got underway.
Over the next 30 minutes, Watson then slipped into the lead before the final hand was played with Watson holding K-J to his opponent’s K-10. The J-3-3-9-8 brought no relief to Juanda, who walked away richer to the tune of €600,000 ($782,789), bringing his live tournament earnings to an incredible $14,980,324. Meanwhile, Michael Watson was crowned the 2012 WSOPE High Roller champion and collected his first ever WSOP bracelet.
The final table payouts were as follows:
1 Mike Watson (Canada) €1,000,000
2 John Juanda (USA)    €600k
3 Richard Yong    (Malaysia) €400k
4 Philipp Gruissem (Germany) €275k
5 Tobias Reinkemeier (Germany) €200k
6 Jani Sointula    (Finland) €160k
7 Steve O’Dwyer    (USA) €130k
8 David Benefield (USA)    €115k

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