Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:15 PM Local Time
On a flop of , Greg Brooks check-called a bet of 28,000 from Jason Mercier, leading to the on the turn. Both player checked and watched the peel off on the river. This time Brooks check-folded to Mercier's 82,000 bet.
|Jason Mercier||1,250,000||10,000 |
|Gregory Brooks||615,000||-217,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:10 PM Local Time
Back at the end of May, PokerNews featured a series of article called the "2011 WSOP Rookie Roundup" that gave some bold predictions as to what rookies we thought would make themselves known this summer. One of those articles featured Michael "Timex" McDonald, who is alive and well in out event. If you don't know much about Timex, we suggest you read our Rookie Roundup piece, which we've included below:
At first glance, it's easy to pigeonhole Mike McDonald into the familiar mold of the young online poker player. He is 21 but could pass for 16 if need be. He's sharp and well-spoken but still a little bit awkward in social situations. His complexion is that of a librarian or a chemistry teacher. He talks fast, doubling-back and stumbling over words here and there as he calculates his next thought. He speaks in rapid, measured bursts of knowledge and statistics. And he has made a lot of money playing online poker.
Upon closer examination, though, McDonald doesn't fit quite so perfectly into that square hole of the penthouse-dwelling online recluses. In contrast to many of his peers, McDonald is grounded and noticeably mature for his age. As he's progressed through his poker career, he's proved to be well-rounded and has shown an ability to use long-term forethought that sets him apart from those with whom he shares space on the felt.
Since he was just a kid in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, McDonald has naturally gravitated toward numbers and logic. He played and taught chess as a teen, and a summer math camp sparked his interest in poker for the first time. The little $2 games among 14-year-olds eventually grew to a $100 deposit in an online poker site. The Moneymaker ripple was just reaching its peak, and McDonald managed to get the better of most of his opponents over the next three years. He went on to build a million-dollar name for himself as "Timex," one of the up-and-coming stars of online poker. CardRunners hired him to teach video lessons for its site, and Full Tilt Poker eventually absorbed him into its pool of Red Pros. But Timex felt the itch to shuffle chips, too, which meant leaving the continent to chase foreign money.
His first live cash came in Europe at EPT Prague in 2007. It was a deep run, too, a 14th-place showing from a field of 555. His next EPT event was just a month later in Dortmund, and he binked it, as they say, for a quick $1.37 million to become the youngest EPT champion at just 18. He even racked up three cashes for more than $100,000 at the Aussie Millions in between those two EPTs. Just like that, McDonald was up seven figures in the first month of his live career. (And, as an aside, when's the last time you've seen someone with braces in a trophy photo?) He's continued to bolster his resume in the meantime with an amazing repeat final table at EPT Dortmund in 2008, a victory in a $1,000 side event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2010, and another EPT final table in Deauville later that same month. Twice now, McDonald has come tantalizingly close to becoming the tour's first (and only) repeat champion, ending up in fifth and third places, respectively.
All told, Timex has racked up three major tournament wins, a career's worth of final tables, and he's already closing in on $3 million in live earnings.
In early 2010, McDonald announced through his blog that he was taking time away from the game -- a complete shocker at the time. The poker media swarmed with overreactions as people took his words with absolute finality. But it wasn't as drastic as it sounded. McDonald has gone on to refine that perception with follow-up posts and more-limited tournament appearances in the last year, but he continues to seek satisfaction away from the tables, too. If you spend any time trying to talk about poker with Timex, you'll quickly see that his perception and his outlook are unique among his peers. The bad-beat stories are conspicuously absent. He considers himself extremely lucky to be in the right place at the right time and seems to understand the fleeting nature of the game.
In his "time off," McDonald has gone back to school for business at Wilfrid Laurier University in his hometown. He's been playing sports and lifting weights and dabbling in a couple of different business ventures for good measure. With a successful poker career already checked off his bucket list at a young age, McDonald often talks about his desire to fill his time with exciting, meaningful ventures away from the table, too. Life, like his poker career, is pretty much paid for already.
McDonald's live tournament stats read like an atlas with cashes all over the world -- except for the U.S. That's likely to change over the next two months, however, when Timex takes on the fields of the World Series of Poker for the first time. He tells PokerNews he plans on playing about 25 events with a big focus on the Main Event in July. Even with nonpoker interests dividing his energy, there's no question where his focus is going to be this summer. "After feeling comfortable playing the highest-stakes tournaments for over five years," he says, "I've been waiting a long time to play the WSOP, and I really want to make a few deep runs."
In both life and in poker, McDonald is capable and calculating, and he seems to always be able to find an out. And for someone who is only 21, he has as much experience playing in televised, high-pressure situations as anyone we can think of. With McDonald, as much as with anyone, it seems a question of "when" rather than "if" he'll win a bracelet. If his hot start in Europe is any foreshadowing, this year could well be the year he breaks through on the American poker scene.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:04 PM Local Time
David Chiu raised from middle position and a short-stacked Chris Moorman potted for 132,000. Chiu raised to get the remainder of Moorman's chips in the pot. A call ensued and the cards were turned up.
Chiu's kings were ahead, and Moorman was in need of some help. The flop did pair Moorman's seven and give him straight outs, but the turn left him looking for salvation on the river. Obviously this is an elimination post, so you already no it didn't come. The blanked and Moorman was eliminated in 11th place.
|David Chiu||2,000,000||500,000 |
|Chris Moorman||0||-185,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 3:01 PM Local Time
Daniel Fuhs raised to 38,000 from middle position and Steven Merrifield called from the cutoff.
The flop came down and Fuhs bet 46,000. Merrifield nearly instantly re-raised all in and Fuhs called for his last 141,000.
The turn came the to give Fuhs trips but Merrifield the Broadway straight. The river was the and Fuhs hit the rail in 12th place. Merrifield has continued to grow his stack and is up to 1,100,000 after the hand.
|Steven Merrifield||1,100,000||452,000 |
|Daniel Fuhs||0||-231,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:46 PM Local Time
Over on table 292, the action folded to David Chiu who raised from the hijack, only to see Gregory Brooks call from the cutoff before Chiu check-called Brooks' bet of 44,000 after the flop of .
From there, Chiu bet after the turn of the , but Brooks quickly got out of the way. Considering that he's right next door to the chip leader (Chiu has over 1.5 million right now), he'll need to pick his moments carefully.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:43 PM Local Time
The action folded around to Steven Merrifield who raised to 26,000 from the button pre-flop; Jared Bleznick called from the big blind and then both players checked the flop of before Bleznick led out for 20,000 on the turn of the .
Merrifield called and then he called Bleznick's bet of 65,000 on the river of the before showing down for two pair. Bleznick kicked his hand into the muck.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:37 PM Local Time
|David Chiu||1,500,000||300,000 |
|Jason Mercier||1,240,000||0 |
|Gregory Brooks||832,000||-178,000 |
|Hans Winzeler||680,000||-20,000 |
|Steven Merrifield||648,000||291,000 |
|Jared Bleznick||530,000||-100,000 |
|Joseph Ressler||475,000||-89,000 |
|David Callaghan||470,000||220,000 |
|Robert Fellner||373,000||30,000 |
|Daniel Fuhs||231,000||59,000 |
|Michael McDonald||207,000||-113,000 |
|Chris Moorman||185,000||31,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:33 PM Local Time
Seat 1: Chris Moorman
Seat 2: David Callaghan
Seat 3: Jason Mercier
Seat 4: Joseph Ressler
Seat 5: David Chiu
Seat 6: Greg Brooks
Seat 1: Steven Merrifield
Seat 2: Robert Fellner
Seat 3: Jared Bleznick
Seat 4: Hans Winzeler
Seat 5: Michael McDonald
Seat 6: Daniel Fuhs
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:31 PM Local Time
David "Devilfish" Ulliott raised to 25,000 from the button and Peter Jetten re-raised to 110,000 from the small blind with Jason Mercier calling from the big blind and Ulliott calling from the button.
The flop came down and Jetten open-shoved all in, Mercier then instantly went all in and Devilfish did the same.
Ulliott was ahead with a set of jacks, but Mercier had both straight and flush draws and Jetten's aces weren't looking too good.
The turn came and Mercier completed his straight to put them both in danger. The river was the and both Jetten and Devilfish hit the rail.
The fish didn't leave without a good rant however as he called Mercier "the luckiest f***ing mother f***cker alive"
Mercier has 1,240,000 after the hand and we are now re-drawing for the final two tables.
|Jason Mercier||1,240,000||621,000 |
|Peter Jetten||0||-267,000 |
|David Ulliott||0||-580,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:21 PM Local Time
David "Devilfish" Ulliott raised the pot (42,000) from the cutoff and received a call from Jason Mercier in the big blind. Both players checked the flop, which was followed by the on the turn. Mercier was first to act and fired out 57,000, which Devilfish called. Both players then checked the river.
"Straight," said Ulliott.
"Straight," Mercier also proclaimed as he showed .
"Diamond would have been nice. You're too lucky for that shit to come off," replied the Devilfish as he showed the inferior .
"Not a lot of diamonds left," was Mercier's reply as he stacked his newly won chips.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:14 PM Local Time
All the money was in on a flop that read ; Daniel Fuhs was the player at risk with , but Jarred Bleznick was also holding the same two pair with .
Nothing changed after the turn and river ran out , and that can only mean one thing - a chopportunity!
|Jared Bleznick||712,000||2,000 |
|Daniel Fuhs||172,000||-21,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:09 PM Local Time
David Callaghan has just doubled up through Michael McDonald as the action continues with our remaining 14 players in WSOP Event #35.
McDonald raised to 28,000 from under the gun and the action folded to Callaghan who re-raised to 96,000 from the small blind. McDonald called, then bet the pot after the flop of , which was enough to put Callaghan all-in.
"Man, that was a good flop for you," McDonald exclaimed. Indeed - it was in fact a good board for Callaghan all round, as the turn and river ran out , to see Callaghan fill up and score the double up. He's now on 250,000 in chips as a result
|Michael McDonald||320,000||-100,000 |
|David Callaghan||250,000||-64,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:08 PM Local Time
David "Devilfish" Ulliott raised to 30,000 from the cutoff only to have Chris Moorman reraise all in for 106,000 total. The blinds cleared out and Ulliott flashed his cards, refusing to call the additional 76,000. Moorman took down that pot, but he is still short stacked.
|Chris Moorman||154,000||-54,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:03 PM Local Time
Mike "timex" McDonald raised it up to 28,000 from the cutoff and David Chiu made the call from the small blind.
The flop came and Chiu checked to McDonald who bet 45,000. Chiu called.
The turn was the and again Chiu checked to McDonald who bet 115,000. Chiu again called.
The river came and this Chiu one last time checked over to McDonald who this time bet 230,000. Chiu instantly made the call and showed for a flopped set of sevens and a rivered set of aces. McDonald showed for just a pair of nines.
McDonald fell to just 420,000 after the hand and Chiu is now our chip leader with 1,200,000
|David Chiu||1,200,000||170,000 |
|Michael McDonald||420,000||-407,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:57 PM Local Time
Greg Brooks raised it up to 26,000 on the button and Hans Winzeler called from the big blind.
The flop came down and Winzeler checked to Brooks who bet 31,000. Winzeler then check-raised to 81,000 and Brooks called.
The turn was the and again Winzeler checked to Brooks who this time bet 42,000. Winzeler again check-raised, this time the pot which put him all in for 234,000 total. Brooks took one more look at his hand and made the call.
Winzeler had turned the set and Brooks was drawing dead to a five. The river was the and Brooks shipped the chips over to Winzeler who now has 700,000. Brooks fell to just around 1,000,000
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:52 PM Local Time
Jason Mercier raised to 24,000 under the gun and received calls from David "Devilfish" Ulliott on the button and Peter Jetten in the big blind. Action checked to Ulliott on the flop and he put out a bet of 30,000. Jetten wasted little time in making the call while Mercier got out of the way.
Both players checked the turn, which was followed by a Jetten check on the river. The Devilfish took the opportunity to bet 63,000, which was enough to push Jetten off his hand.
|David Ulliott||580,000||165,000 |
|Peter Jetten||267,000||-43,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:45 PM Local Time
From under the gun, David Chiu raised to 32,000 and the action folded around to Joseph Ressler, who called from the button. Michael McDonald folded his small blind, but Shawn Bennani re-potted it from the big blind, making it 134,000 to go.
Chiu raised, forcing Ressler out of the way and Bennani slapped the rest of his chips into the middle before the cards were tabled:
The board was spread and Bennani was sent to the rail in 15th place to collect $23,519, while Chiu was left to stack up his newly-acquired chips. His stack is now worth more than 1,020,000.
|David Chiu||1,030,000||139,000 |
|Shawn Bennani||0||-130,000 |
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:39 PM Local Time
In the first hand over at Table 377, David "Devilfish" Ulliott raise under the gun and took down the pot. In the second hand, Jason Mercier raised to 24,000 on the button only to have the Devilfish reraise 54,000 more from the big blind. Mercier thought for a moment before releasing the hand. "Did you have a good hand," Mercier asked.
"Yeah," replied the Devilfish. "I've been playing this game too long to know that if you ain't got no chips, you haven't got a chance."
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:17 PM Local Time
The PokerNews Live Reporting Team are back, armed to the teeth with pens, notepads and buckets of Starbucks coffee in preparation for another exciting day of six-handed PLO action!
From 507 of the world's finest, we're down to just 15, with the leader of the pack none other than Gregory Brooks, who has already had one small cash in this year's WSOP, but that's not the reason why he's so well-known. Perhaps it's something to do with that WPT L.A. Poker Classic title that he won back in February for over $1.6 million. Just sayin'.
In any case, there are still sharks swarming in this field, including David Chiu and Michael McDonald, who are the other two chip leaders, plus Chris Moorman, Jason Mercier ... heck, probably errbody out there. You don't have to come and confess, we've already found you!
So you can run and tell that PokerNews are now on standby for the start of Day 3 of WSOP Event #35 at 2.30pm PST (GMT -7). Homeboy.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 6:00 AM Local Time
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