Mike Watson Completes Turnaround To Capture WSOPE High Roller
World-renowned online pro Mike Watson showed exactly why he’d been crushing the game for so long at the virtual felt with a sensational comeback performance that took him from final table short stack to €50,000 Majestic High Roller champion at the WSOPE.
In an unusual dynamic, nine players returned for the final table of the prestigious event with only the top eight getting paid – and with Watson holding the shortest stack at the start of the day there was a real danger that he could have missed out on a payout entirely.
However, that unfortunate fate belonged to Winfred Yu as he lost a flip with pocket eights against in-form German Philipp Gruissem’s As 10s to ensure that all of the remaining players would take home at least €115,000, but Watson certainly has his sights aimed a little higher.
With the bubble burst, a flurry of eliminations followed with David Benefield, Steve O’Dwyer, Jani Sointula, Tobias Reinkemeier and finally Gruissem busting before play slowed down dramatically three-handed and it became a much cagier affair until Richard Yong exited the fray in 3rd.
That left Watson heads-up with John Juanda and he had to ride his luck to see out the match, with his Ac Jc managing to find a jack on the turn against Juanda’s Ah Ks in a major all-in clash to hand him the chip lead and knock his opponent down to less than ten big blinds ahead of the final hand.
When it came, Watson shoved his button with Ks Jh and Juanda made the call out of the big blind with Kh 10s, with another jack handing Watson an unassailable lead in the hand and, ultimately, the title and €1,000,000 1st prize.