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VIDEO: Interview With Poker Pro Mike 'Timex' McDonald On PCA High Roller Cash

Tournament Grinder Coming Off Amazing 2014 PCA Performance


The 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,300 main event wrapped up about 10 days ago, and at the final table was none other than Mike “Timex” McDonald.

The Canadian poker pro was trying make history by becoming the first player to ever win two EPT main event titles, a feat that has been elusive for over nine and a half seasons so far. McDonald had previously taken down the 2008 EPT Dortmund. However, he was stopped just short this time around, finishing second for $1,064,865.

He now has nearly $7 million in earnings from the live tournament circuit.

In addition to the prize money in the PCA main event, he captured 2,000 Card Player POY points. McDonald now occupies the number two slot on the POY leaderboard.

McDonald has also been hired to coach players at big final tables, selling his services to 2011 WSOP main event champion Piuz Heinz and 2012 third-place finisher Jacob Balsiger. He is known as a player with a great understanding of how one should adapt their play based on payout structures in tournaments, and he recently demonstrated his responsiveness to these conditions in the 2014 PCA $100,000 high roller (in which he also cashed), where he played a short stack in an interesting manner. Card Player TV caught up with him a few days after that event to learn more about the dynamics at that final table.

McDonald did indeed min-cash, hitting the rail with one big blind in the same hand Paul Newey busted his stack of just a few antes. While this may not have been the flashy way to play it, Timex did cash for $217,320 as a result.

We asked him what can be learned from this situation.

Video by Erik Fast.