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Mike Watson Killing Them Softly on the High-Stakes Tournament Circuit

Watson Quietly Amasses More Than $8 Million in Tournament Earnings

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Dec 01, 2013

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He has seven career wins, 11 six-figure cashes and two million-dollar scores. He’s a World Poker Tour champion and won one of the most prestigious tournaments at the World Series of Poker Europe. In just seven years on the tournament circuit, he has amassed more than $8 million in earnings, mostly by beating up on other high-stakes behemoths. Yet, for the most part, Mike Watson isn’t a household name in the poker world. Watson discovered the game during the poker boom, but really developed his skills while earning a degree in pure math and combinatorics and optimization at the poker hotbed that is the University of Waterloo. He decided to pursue a master’s degree specializing in cryptography, but ultimately, he couldn’t ignore his success on the felt any longer and plunged head-first into the world of big buy-in tournament poker. Perhaps it’s his quiet nature or shy personality, but, somehow, ...


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