SirWatts FTW! Watson Stymies Gregg for 2016 PCA Main Event Title

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Canada's Mike Watson is the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event champion and $728,325 richer after defeating Tony Gregg heads-up in the Bahamas tonight.

The 31-year-old pro from Newfoundland earned his first career EPT title to go along with his now $9m in career earnings and a WPT title already in his quiver.

The chip leader coming into the final table Watson barely wavered, holding his ground against tough rivals in Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Toby Lewis and eventual runner-up Gregg.

For Gregg, who earned the nickname "End Boss" for his proficiency in big tournaments, it's his second career runner-up finish in the PCA Main Event. A deal heads-up did secure him over $600k, though.

Watson Carries on Waterloo Tradition

For Watson it was a life-circle kind of win as it came exactly 10 years after one of his poker mentors and friends at the University of Waterloo, Steve Paul-Ambrose, won his PCA title.

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Another near-miss for Gregg.

"To be exactly ten years after Steve Paul-Ambrose won is a big coincidence," Watson told the PokerStars blog.

"There was a time when four of us, including Mike McDonald, used to play online poker in his basement."

McDonald has also had tremendous success at the PCA as he finished runner-up to Dominik Panka in 2014.

Gregg has had his fair share of PCA success too as the two runner-up finishes and another sixth-place finish have earned him well over $2.6m.

Amateur poker player and neurosurgeon Randy Kritzer was the first to be eliminated in sixth, which still earned him $153,920.

Britain's Toby Lewis, vying for his second career EPT title, finished fourth. Full final-table results and payouts:

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,300 Main Event
Entries: 928
Prize pool: $4,500,800
Places paid: 135

1 - Mike Watson, Canada, $728,325
2 - Tony Gregg, United States, $612,175
3 - Phillip McAllister, United Kingdom, $356,020
4 - Toby Lewis, United Kingdom, $267,340
5 - Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russia, $207,940
6 - Randy Kritzer, United States, $153,920
*reflects a heads-up deal

Watch the full replay of the final table right here and check out all the hand reports on the PokerStars blog.

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