Mike “Timex” McDonald has taken down the $10,300 partypoker MILLION North American High Roller for CA$200,000 ($146,500 US) after topping a 47 strong field, packed with talent.
The tournament, which was a late addition to the schedule, began with only 7 players, but by the end of the day 46 entries had been counted, and when late registration ended early on day 2, 53 players had registered, meaning the $500,000 guarantee had been exceeded.
At the end of day 1 McDonald was struggling, and was way off the lead in 22nd out of the 25 players who moved forward to day 2 (funnily enough his eventual heads-up rival, fellow Candian pro Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault was 25/25 at the end of day 1), but soon after play started on day 2 he doubled through against Sam Chartier, and never looked back.
There were some big names who failed to make it to the money including; Cate Hall, Sam Trickett, Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Koon, John Duthie, and Xuan Liu – mind you, considering only 7 places paid, most were destined to go home empty handed.
There were some familiar names to reach the final 7 however, and joining McDonald in the money were both Sorel Mizzi and Welsh EPT and WPT winner, Roberto Romanello, all of whom made it through to the final four.
Romanello fell in fourth when he lost a flip against Perrault when his couldn’t catch the Canadian’s all in preflop. Romanello collected CA$50,000 for his troubles.
Mizzi was next out when he 4bet jammed from the big blind for his remaining 704,000 with . Perrault had already three bet to 315k and with a 2.5m stack he was priced in to call. He turned over and a Queen on the flop sent Mizzi to the rail in 3rd place, good for CA$84,100.
Heads-up play with Perrault holding just over a 3:2 chip lead but after an hour of play it was McDonald who emerged victorious after a cruel hand for Perrault. Stacks were almost even (McDonald slightly ahead) when on a board of Perrault moved all-in for 1.9m with for 3’s full of 4’s. McDonald, however, was sitting on for a higher full house. Perrault earned CA$130,000 for his runner’s up finish, while McDonald enjoyed his first tournament win since October 2015 (and his first ever in his homeland) and the CA$200,000 prize money.
PartyPoker MILLION North America $10,300 High Roller Results
|Place||Player Name||Country||Prize (CA$)|
|4||Roberto Romanello||United Kingdom||$50,000|
|6||Vishal Singh Maini||United Kingdom||$20,000|