Pokercast Episode 297 - Mike 'SirWatts' Watson & Brian Balsbaugh
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - This week Mike and Adam welcome high stakes tournament pro Mike Watson to the program. One of Canada's top poker players, Mike discusses he second straight year with over $1m in earnings, his WSOP comeback after a well-publicized drought and takes inside his approach to Super High Roller events. Poker super-agent Brian Balsbaugh of Poker Royalty also joins the guys to discuss the ever changing landscape of sponsorship and marketing opportunities in the poker world and tells some great stories involving clients such as Phil Hellmuth. In other topics, the boys look at Skrill pulling out of Canada, discuss the future of re-entry tournaments, sweat Jean-Robert Bellande's run in the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic at the Bellagio, acknowledge tournament director Jack McLelland's retirement and provide an update on the 'sharking' saga of nosebleed player Jens Kyllonen's. Pokerstars Steve drops in to announce some job openings at PokerStars and discuss the ongoing December Festival. The guys give away the password to the December 15th Pokerstars Invitational for Pokercast Listeners.
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Brian Balsbaugh is a former sports agent who has become the leading representative for celebrity poker players. Brian began his career as a professional golf agent, where he became an expert on golf sponsorships, licensing and event management. For six years, he served Imani Sports as its Vice President and General Counsel, while overseeing the careers of a dozen prominent PGA TOUR & LPGA TOUR professionals. During this time, he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Sports Law at the University of Minnesota. His current company Poker Royalty represents the likes of Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari and Daniel Negreanu. Learn more about Brian Balsbaugh
Michael Watson is a Canadian professional player from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. He is regularly among the Top 10 ranked tournament players in the world. He won a World Poker Tour title in 2008 and has cashed in tournament all over the world. He is well known by the his online name 'SirWatts' and currently specializes in high roller and super high-roller buy-in events. As of 2013, Waston has amassed yearly $7million in live earnings and won over $1m in three different calendar years. Learn more about Mike Watson