Majestic €1,000,000 For Mike “SirWatts” Watson & Hellmuth Snatches POY lead at WSOPE


While it certainly didn’t garner the same attention as it’s Las Vegas counter part, perhaps some of the best poker of 2012 has been happening in and around the final events of the World Series of Poker Europe and the Hotel Majestic Barrière €50,000 “Super High Roller” in Cannes France; Ontario’s Mike “SirWatts” Watson has once again proven that when it comes to High Stakes, both live and online, few of our players can keep up.

Finishing an impressive 1st place for €1,000,000 (~1,276,100 CAD) Watson will now jump from 10th to 4th and the Hendon Mob’s Canadian All Time Money list; it’s not his largest single career cash, but a pretty da,n close second. With this massive score, only Canadians Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel and Gavin Smith have won more money playing live tournament poker and we can certainly expect Watson to overtake Smith somewhere over the next year.

A huge congratulations to “SirWatts” on taking this down; Watson started the day in danger of bubbling with the shortest stack and made a triumphant comeback to make a million!

Also happening at the same time, Timothy Adams would end up being the last Canadian standing with a notable 9th place finish in the €10,450 Main Event worth €66,528 on the official 8 handed final table bubble, it was impossible not to stay tuned in for Day 5 as poker superstars Phil Hellmuth, Joseph Cheung and Jason Mercier battle it out.

Still underway at the time of writing, it was unfortunate not to see Joseph grab his first bracelet after his very recent elimination in 4th, however it is sure to sit well with many that Phil Hellmuth has overtaken the World Series of Poker Player Of the Year points lead and is well poised to win his 13th bracelet.

Stay tuned as we’ll be back with more soon, but are glued to watching this all play out!


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Jon Harnish
35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.



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