Mike Watson won the $5,300 PCA Main Event beating 928 players to win a cool $728,325. A prize pool of $4,500,800 was created for the event that was held at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in Paradise Island.
Thanks to his solid effort through the course of six days, the Canadian pro took his live career earning to $9,072,800 with that win. Playing under the screen name ‘SirWatts’, Watson boasts of $3,005,924 in online earnings.
Speaking about his latest triumph, Watson 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.”
Some of the notable names that walked away with a return on their investment at the PCA Main Event included Steve O’Dwyer in 89th ($10,840), Jeff Gross in 68th ($12,880), Felipe Ramos in 45th ($14,900), Jason Mercier in 20th ($32,360), Fedor Holz in 18th ($32,360), and Stephen Chidwick in 14th ($41,360).
Eight players made it to the final table. And after a series of eliminations, Watson had to slug it out with the 2013 WSOP One Drop High Roller champion Tony Gregg in the heads-up battle.
The duo agreed to split the money $695,325 and $612,175, leaving $33,000 for the winner. Their duel lasted two hours and the final hand of the event was played when Gregg (As-8c) moved all-in on an 8h-6h-2h flop. Watson with 7h-4s made the call. The 7s and 5h on turn and river meant Tony Gregg had to be content with a second place finish, while Watson was crowned champion.
Final Table Payouts:
1 Mike Watson $728,325
2 Tony Gregg $612,175
3 Phillip McAllister $356,020
4 Toby Lewis $267,340
5 Vladimir Troyanovskiy $207,940
6 Randy Kritzer $153,920
7 Ken Demlakian $110,220
8 Timothy Ulmer $78,540
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