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Mike Watson Wins World Series of Poker Europe €50,000 High Roller

Canadian Wins €1 Million For Topping Stacked Final Table


Mike WatsonA total of 60 entrants bought in, but in the end only Mike Watson was left standing in the €50,000 no-limit hold’em high roller re-buy event at the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe.

The Canadian pro earned €1,000,000 and 612 Card Player Player of the Year points for defeating John Juanda heads-up. This was Watson’s second title and fourth final table of 2012, and it brought his year-to-date earnings to $1,916,512. He currently sits in 93rd place in the overall POY standings.

Juanda earned €600,000 and 510 POY points for the runner-up finis, moving him into 44th place in the overall POY rankings. This was the five-time WSOP bracelet winner and 2008 WSOP Europe champ’s fifth final-table finish of 2012. His year-to-date earnings exceed $3 million, largely due to this huge score and a fifth-place finish in the gigantic Macau High Stakes Challenge that took place late in August. The buy-in was roughly $250,000 and Juanda’s deep run earned him over $1.6 million.

John JuandaThis was the second time Juanda and Watson have found themselves in the final three of a high roller event together, having finished third and second respectively in the 2008 European Poker Tour London £20,000 high roller, which was won by Jason Mercier.

A total of eight players made the money, but play resumed on the third day with nine remaining. Unfortunately for Winfred Yu, he found himself eliminated in 9th place on the €115,000 money bubble.

This was third-place finisher Richard Yong’s third high-roller final table of the year. The Malaysian businessman and frequent Macau cash-game participant has cashed for nearly $2.7 million already this year.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Michael Watson $1,301,900 612
2 John Juanda $781,140 510
3 Richard Yong $520,760 408
4 Philipp Gruissem $358,023 306
5 Tobias Reinkemeier $260,380 255
6 Jani Sointula $208,304 204
7 Steve O’Dwyer $169,247 153
8 David Benefield $149,719 102

Winner photo courtesy of Jonathan Boncek and WSOP.