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Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald
Nationality: Canada
Nickname: Timex
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Biography

Mike McDonald is a Canadian professional poker player best known for being the youngest-ever European Poker Tour champion. He is also a well-known online grinder playing under the alias “Timex”.

Intro

Mike McDonald was born in 1989 in Waterloo, Ontario. He is best known for becoming the youngest European Poker Tour champion. McDonald won the EPT Dortmund Main Event in 2008 when he was just eighteen years old.

Background

McDonald started playing poker when he was a teenager and soon became known at the online poker tables by his nickname “Timex”. McDonald was still underage when he picked up the lifestyle of an online grinder, and as soon as he became of age, “Timex” took his game to the live felt.

World Series of Poker

McDonald's first World Series of Poker money finish was in 2011 as it was the year when he could start legally playing poker in the United States. He marked his debut by cashing in two events. In one of the two McDonald went all the way to the final table and collected over $70,000 for the 6th place finish in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Six Handed tournament. He came back to Vegas in the summer of 2012 and scored five more money finishes. His best result was once again the 6th place finish at the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Ante Only event in which he cashed almost $40,000. A few months later he went to the WSOP Europe in Cannes, France and placed 11th in the €1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed event for just over €5,000.

Mike McDonald's Top 5 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2011$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Six Handed6th$73,965
2012$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Ante Only6th$39,931
2012WSOPE €1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha / Six Handed11th€5,103 ($6,658)
2011$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship32nd$20,699
2012$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed44th$20,050

World Poker Tour

McDonald has a total of two World Poker Tour money finishes on his record. His first one came in 2009 when he placed fourth in the €4,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the WPT Venice for €109,540. He then cashed again in 2011 at the WPT Prague €3,200 Main Event. “Timex” finished that tournament in 63rd place collecting €6,400 in prize money.

European Poker Tour

McDonald made a name for himself on the live tournament scene in January, 2008 when he became the youngest ever European Poker Tour champion. He took down the EPT Dortmund €7,700 Main Event for more than €930,000 along with the title. McDonald also has a first-place finish in the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em side event on his record as well as a third place finish in the 2010 EPT Dauville Main Event.

Mike McDonald's Top 5 EPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2008Dortmund €7,700 Main Event1st€933,600
2010PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em1st$146,804
2011Prague €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Re-Entry2nd€112,700
2010Deauville €5,000 Main Event3rd€295,000
2011Sanremo €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em / 8 Max3rd€95,206

Other Achievements

In January, 2008 McDonald won the A$1,000 PokerPro No-Limit Hold'em event at the Aussie Millions Poker Championship in Melbourne collecting A$33,950 in cash. He then scored another first-place finish in 2011 at the Epic Poker League Event 2 in Las Vegas. McDonald bested the field of 97 players and came out victorious in the $20,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8 Handed League Main Event which was good for $782,410.

Did you know?

  • Not only was McDonald the youngest player to win an EPT event, but he also became the youngest person to score a win in the infamous Epic Poker League. He won the $20,000 No-Limit Hold'em 8 Handed League Main Event just before his 22nd birthday.

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #62: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha
121st $3476
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #55: HK$8,000 No Limit Hold'em Asia Championship, HK$8M GTD
361st $2503
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #50: $2,100 No Limit Hold'em Bounty Championship
137th $2258
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #48: $1,500 MILLIONAIRE MAKER, $5M GTD, $1M to 1st
718th $2115
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #44: $2,500 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
78th $6699
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #42: $400 PLOSSUS [Day 2], $1M GTD
308th $1166
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #41: $400 COLOSSUS [Day 2], $3M GTD
61st $5338
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #40: $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha
50th $5877
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #38: $600 Monster Stack No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
54th $2081
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #36: $1,500 FIFTY STACK No Limit Hold'em
35th $6347
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #34: $525 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
26th $2188
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship
1174th $15000
2019 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS North America
CA$10,300 Main Event
22nd 30000 CAD
2017 partypoker LIVE Million North America
Main Event
109th 10000 CAD
2017 partypoker LIVE Million North America
$10,300 High Roller
1st 200000 CAD
2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas
$5,000 Main Event
52nd $11560
2016 PokerStars.es EPT Season 13 Barcelona
€10,300 High Roller
30th €27800
2016 PokerStars.es EPT Season 13 Barcelona
€5,300 Main Event
259th €8660
2016 PokerStars EPT Season 12 Dublin
€5,300 Main Event
60th €10270
2015 PokerStars EPT Season 12 Prague
€5,300 Main Event
139th €8910
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Malta
€5,300 Main Event
27th €17840
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Malta
€25,750 High Roller
1st €498575
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Barcelona
€10,300 High Roller
12th €60900
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Barcelona
€5,300 Main Event
43rd €22840
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Barcelona
€25,500 Single-Day High Roller
5th €257000
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 12 Barcelona
€50,000 Super High Roller
12th €87900
2015 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Malta
€10,300 High Roller
11th €52100
2015 Aussie Millions
$250,000 Challenge
2nd 1592500 AUD
2015 Aussie Millions
$10,600 Main Event
30th 30000 AUD
PokerStars.net APPT Season 8 Asia Championship of Poker
Main Event
25th 202000 HKD
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #26: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
73rd $4626
2014 Aussie Millions
LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge
3rd 1900000 AUD
2014 Aussie Millions
$100,000 Challenge
2nd 1500000 AUD
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$10,000,000 Guarantee Main Event
2nd $1064865
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$100,000 Super High Roller
8th $217320
2013 PokerStars.com EPT Prague
€10,300 High Roller
5th €115400
2013 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
€50,000 Super High Roller
4th €269400
2013 PokerStars.com EPT London
Main Event
20th £17500
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #6: €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha
11th €5103
2012 PokerStars.com EPT Barcelona
€50,000 Super High Roller
5th €215100
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
386th $28530
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
44th $20050
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 49: $1,500 Ante-Only No-Limit Hold'em
6th $39931
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 46: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
90th $6983
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 31: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
164th $3719
2012 PokerStars.com EPT Madrid
Main Event
9th €35000
2011 PokerStars.com EPT Prague
Main Event
27th €17000
2011 PokerStars.it EPT San Remo
Main Event
18th €19000
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #42: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
32nd $20699

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