Mike Watson wins the fourth EPT Barcelona 2022 High Roller.

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If you are Mike Watson, you may play four times and win the €50,000 Single-Day High Roller event at PokerStars, one of the best poker sites. It would make you the winner of an additional €872,940 in prize money.

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At the beginning of EPT Barcelona 2022 High Roller, Watson did not have a good start. After only a few minutes of play, he was knocked out of the competition and forced to rebuy. After that, he was knocked out two more times and was sent back to the registration cage as a result. In the end, he invested a total of €200,000 across four separate purchases.

After he had won, Watson reflected on his accomplishment by saying, “Just pure stubbornness, I guess, more than anything else.” “It was a successful competition. After the third one, I decided to take a short rest. During the break for supper, I went for a pleasant run. I got myself ready to go and into a positive frame of mind. It is evident that doing so paid off in the end. The fourth one was far more successful for me in terms of my performance than the prior three.

Watson’s run through this event started with a knockout in the first round, and it culminated with him making a straight flush to win the heads-up match against Kahle Burns and take home the trophy and the top prize. The experienced Canadian pro already had over $15 million in live earnings. Still, his year had been characterised by near-misses because he had been playing in more tournaments. Before today, he had finished in the top four of an event six times already in 2022, but he did not have a victory to his name.

Others with Mike Watson at EPT Barcelona 2022 High Roller

After posting the large blind, Stephen Chidwick was forced to go all in, resulting in his elimination from the tournament on the final table and the money bubble. The poker hero from Australia, Michael Addamo, was eliminated in eighth place after he got his low stack all in with ace-four but was unable to outrun David Yan’s ace-king hand. David Yan went on to win the tournament.

Yan also eliminated Michael Soyza, who was in seventh place, by prevailing in a coin flip with pocket fives against an ace-ten hand combination.

Aleksejs Ponakovs

The third player to be eliminated was Aleksejs Ponakovs, who had been the tournament’s chip leader at one point. He was stopped after he called an all-in shove from Burns for his final 710,000 with pocket tens against ace-queen. Ponakovs’s bad luck continued when he received an ace on the flop, and he ended up finishing in sixth place.

David Yan and Mike Watson

The event that let Watson break the one million chip barrier was when he doubled up against Yan with ace-five against king-queen and ended up with a straight on the river. Burns began to assert his authority over the remaining players at the final table when fellow Canadian Pascal Lefrancois was eliminated in fifth place after losing with king-queen against Burns’ ace-king.

Burns eliminated Yan with a pair of fours, out flipping Yan’s ace-eight with king-four. He also eliminated Arthur Conan to bring the heads-up match to its current state of play. Conan was forced to call for his last 230,000 with nine-deuce against ace-ten and flopped a nine. Burns spiked an ace on the turn to bust the Frenchman and take a commanding lead into heads-up play with 3,725,000 to Watson’s 2,175,000. Conan’s elimination allowed Burns to take a commanding lead into heads-up play with 3,725,000 to Watson’s 2,175,000.