Watson Beats Juanda to Take €1M in Majestic High Roller

Mike Watson
Mike "SirWatts" Watson

Canadian Mike “SirWatts” Watson outlasted a star-studded field and then beat John Juanda heads-up to take the €50k Majestic High Roller crown on Thursday.

The online pro took down a staggering €1 million for coming out on top in the elite 60-player tournament.

“This is one of the most incredible days of poker I’ve ever played,” said Watson. “I came in super short but won every single all-in. It feels incredible.”

Juanda picked up €600,000 for coming in second place. It’s a good thing considering he re-bought three times to bring his total entry costs up to €150,000.

The tournament-defining hand saw Juanda get extremely unlucky to lose with ace-king to Watson’s ace-jack during heads-up play. Juanda had Watson all-in on the hand.

Watson was stone-faced when the miracle jack hit on the flop and barely reacted.

“I was a little sheepish I guess,” laughed Watson. “I can tell you I was pretty thrilled to hit that jack.”

John Juanda
John Juanda

Yong, Gruissem, Reinkemeier Make the Money

The final day of the €50k Super High Roller event began with nine players still hunting the massive first-place purse.

Unfortunately for Winfred Yu, the money didn’t begin until eight players remained, and he busted in ninth.

David Benefield, Steve O’Dwyer, Jani Sointula, Tobias Reinkemeier, Philipp Gruissem, Richard Yong, John Juanda and of course Mike Watson all made the money.

Benefield, O’Dwyer and Sointula were among the first players to bust.

Yong, a member of the famous Macau businessmen who play incredibly high stakes, spent much of the final table as the chip leader before eventually finishing third for €400,000.

Earlier this month Paul Phua, Yong and Winfred Yu came first, second and third in the Aspinalls £100,000 Super High Roller in London.

“I thought those guys would be the soft spot in the tournament,” Watson said. “It was kind of disappointing that they actually play pretty good. Richard [Yong] was really tricky.”

Watson originally didn’t plan on playing the massive buy-in tournament but in the end couldn’t pass it up.

“I didn’t expect there to be such a big field,” he said. “I expected it to be small. Maybe 20-30 players. Once I heard that everyone was in town for this tournament I immediately started trying to get some money together to play it.”

Here are the complete final table payouts:

  • 1. Mike Watson - €1,000,000
  • 2. John Juanda - €600,000
  • 3. Richard Yong - €400,000
  • 4. Philipp Gruissem - €275,000
  • 5. Tobias Reinkemeier - €200,000
  • 6. Jani Sointula - €160,000
  • 7. Steve O'Dwyer - €130,000
  • 8. David Benefield - €115,000
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