Mike Watson took down his second major title as he won the World Series Of Poker Europe €50,000 Majestic High Roller event. He won a huge €1,000,000 first place prize after successfully working his way past a field of 49 players and 11 re-buys. Though this event does not carry a bracelet he will be extremely happy with the way he played throughout this event.
The field and re-buys created a prize pool of €2.88 mil with only the final eight players being paid a share of it. This meant that the final 9 players getting through to the final day of action would not all be paid and we would see the bubble boy and the winner on the same day.
The bubble boy on this occasion was the Malaysian business man Winfred Yu; he came into the day as the short stack so had to make moves as quickly as possible. He took a chance with his pocket eights and pushed all in and was called by Phillip Gruissem who held As-10s. A ten on the river was heartbreak for Yu as he left with nothing but memories.
This meant that everybody else was guaranteed at least €115,000 and with the bubble out of the way the poker loosened up a little bit. We quickly lost David Benefield, then next follow was Steve O’Dwyer, not far after him was Jani Sointula.
That left us with the final five, though we then lost Tobias Reinkenmeier fairly quickly to have us down to just four players left in the event.
The event was heading for the 75 minute dinner break, yet just before the bell rang we lost Phillip Gruissem. As the players went for their break it was Watson that was now the chip leader with John Juanda not too far behind and Richard Yong completing the final three.
After The Break!
Yong may have been in third place before the break yet within just a few hands of the restart he was soon leading the pack. However, as quickly as he got there he had fallen back down. He got A-K two hands in a row and lost on both occasions to each of his opponents, he had doubled them both up and was now the short stack once again.
This time there was no recovery and he was eliminated by Watson.
Heads up saw both players fairly even though it was Juanda who had the marginal lead, it wasn’t long before the pivotal hand of the session though as Watson crippled Juanda. He was holding the Ac-Jc whilst Juanda had the edge with the Ah-Ks, yet a jack on the river left him with just 10 big blinds worth of chips.
The final hand saw Juanda all-in with the Kh-10s and Watson calling with the slightly better Ks-Jh, a jack on the flop gave him the victory and that very generous first place price of €1,000,000.
The Final Standings:
1 Mike Watson Canada €1,000,000
2 John Juanda USA €600,000
3 Richard Yong Malaysia €400,000
4 Philipp Gruissem Germany €275,000
5 Tobias Reinkemeier Germany €200,000
6 Jani Sointula Finland €160,000
7 Steve O’Dwyer USA €130,000
8 David Benefield USA €115,000