2016 was a great year for Mike Watson.
The 31-year-old Canadian poker has won the first European Poker Tour main event of 2016 and came out victorious in the field of 928 players who played during the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,300 no-limit hold’em main event. Popularly known as “SirWatts”, Watson did not only captured his first ever EPT main event title but also took home the $728,325 first-place prize. The winning of $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em which was held on Jan 08, ’16 – Jan 13, ’16 has contributed to Watson’s over $9 million in career live tournament earnings.
After the win, he spoke to PokerStars reporters and said, “It means a lot to win a main event with a big field and especially the PCA being one of the flagship events of the EPT, and really a premiere event in the whole poker calendar. It has special meaning to me that Steve Paul-Ambrose won it ten years ago. He was a mentor to me and that makes it extra sweet.”
How did he nab the first place?
Winning was certainly not an easy thing to do. In order to come out on top of this event, Watson did not only overcome a huge field but also a stacked final table. He came as the largest stack among the six remaining players on the final day, but he was joined by the likes of 2010 EPT Vilamoura main event champ Toby Lewis, 2013 PCA $25,000 high roller runner-up Vladimir Troyanovsky and Tony Gregg who has made the PCA main event final table three times, finishing second in 2009 and sixth in 2012.
The final two came down to Gregg and Watson, with Watson sitting with 17.7 million while Gregg taking 9,875,000 in chips into the final battle. The two made a deal which guaranteed Gregg a payday of $612,175 while Watson with at least $695,325.
Watson was awarded 1,824 Card Player of the Year points for the win, which made him leading in the POY race. Gregg climbed into the second place in the standings and earned 1,520 for his latest PCA final table run. Third place finisher Phillip McAllister and fourth place finisher Lewis have also moved into the top ten in the rankings.
Click here to view the detailed event results during the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
What is PokerStars Caribbean Adventure by the way?
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is an annual televised poker tournament.This event was originally co-sponsored by the World Poker Tour and PokerStars and was first held in 2004. The event moved to the European Poker Tour in 2008 and was moved again to the North American Poker Tour in 2010.
It was the inaugural event of the new PokerStars Championship tour in 2017 and was renamed as PokerStars Championship Bahamas. The name was changed back to the PCA for 2018.
Amongst the main event winners are Gus Hansen ($455,780), Steve Paul-Ambrose ($1,388,600), Bertrand Grospellier ($2M), Harrison Gimbel ($2.2M), Galen Hall ($2.3M) and Maria Lampropulos ($1,081,100)
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