The chip leader of the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,300 Main Event final table is Canada's Mike Watson.
A man with over $8.3 million in live tournament earnings coming into this event, Watson is widely considered one of the best poker players in the world. His résumé includes a 2008 World Poker Tour title worth $1.673 million, a 2012 World Series of Poker Europe €50,000 Majestic High Roller win worth €1 million ($1.304 million), and 12 other six-figure cashes. Watson's best European Poker Tour finish came from 2013's Barcelona Main Event when he took 47th.
Also of note are three stellar results big buy-in EPT events. Watson placed third in the 2008 EPT London £20,000 High Roller for £241,000 ($441,295), third in the 2012 EPT Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller for €399,500 ($490,847), third in the 2013 PCA $25,000 High Roller for $462,320, seventh in the 2013 EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €218,300 ($286,246), and second in the 2015 EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final €50,000 Super High Roller for €672,300 ($752,518).
As for the PCA Main Event, Watson has only cashed one other time outside of this run. That came in 2010 when he took 198th place for $15,000, a far cry from the money he's going to win here. Give Watson's skill, his experience, and his chip lead, there is no doubt that the man they call "SirWatts" is the favorite to walk away with the title.
Watson also has over $3 million in online tournament winnings, including two wins from the Spring Championship of Online Poker and two wins from the World Championship of Online Poker. Watson also has two runner-up finishes in SCOOP events, one of which is a 2012 score for $220,920 and his biggest prize in the online realm.
Watson currently ranks fifth on Canada's all-time money list, and 55th on the overall all-time money list.
Watson bagged up 6.585 million in chips after Day 5, and that's good for more than 900,000 ahead of Tony Gregg's second-place stack.