Try and try again. Or, if you’re Mike Watson, try four times and you might end up as the €50,000 Single-Day High Roller champion at the PokerStars and Barcelona©Casino European Poker Tour and €872,940 richer.
Watson didn’t get off to a promising start to this tournament. He was eliminated just a few minutes into the day and had to rebuy. Then he was knocked out two more times and forced to head back to the registration cage. He ended up buying in four times for a total of €200,000.
“Just pure stubbornness, I guess, more than anything else,” Watson said following his victory. “It was a good tournament. I took a little break after the third one. I ran a nice run over the dinner break. Got myself ready to go, in a good headspace. Obviously, it paid off in the end. Ran a lot better on the fourth one than the first three.”
Watson’s journey through this tournament began with a first-level knockout and ended with him making a straight flush to beat Kahle Burns heads-up and earn the trophy and top prize. The Canadian veteran pro already had more than $15 million in live winnings, but his year had been defined by close misses. Already in 2022, he’s finished in the top-four of an event six times but had yet to win before today.
“It feels really good to win. I’ve had a lot of close calls this year, but I haven’t had many where I actually closed the deal. So it feels really good to win one,” he said.
€50,000 Single-Day High Roller Final Table Results
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