Panka Denies McDonald’s Historic Bid for 2nd EPT Title in 2014 PCA

Dominik Panka overcame Mike “Timex” McDonald to become the first Polish player to win an EPT at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure early Tuesday morning.

McDonald, who won EPT Dortmund in 2008 when he was just 18, was attempting to become the first player in history to win two EPT titles.

It appeared the Canadian might pull it off as he got heads-up against Panka and had the Polish player covered during an all-in.

Instead Panka won the pivotal all-in, battled back and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat after a marathon heads-up match that didn’t end until 5:00 a.m.

It was a dream come true for Panka who picked up a massive $1.4 million for first place.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I feel very happy. I would have been rooting for Mike if I busted before him!” said Panka.

Baron, McDonald, Panka Each Get Over $1 Million Thanks to Deal

Dominik Panka
Dominik Panka
 

It took several hours to find the first elimination as Argentinean Fabian Ortiz eventually busted first.

Pascal Lefrancois, Shyam Srinivasan, Daniel Gamez and former chip leader Madis Muur busted in succession over a day that took over 16 hours to complete.

After Madis Muur finally busted in fourth the remaining three players started working out a deal to reduce variance.

In the end McDonald, Baron and Panka decided on an ICM chip chop that saw each player get paid over $1 million, with $100k set aside for the winner.

Baron is certainly happy he made the deal because he was the next player to fall. Baron made an ill-timed shove with king-queen and got snapped off by Panka with A 9.

Panka flopped the nut straight and that was it for Baron who finished third. The Californian did lock up his biggest live cash ever at $1.2 million.

That left McDonald and Panka to battle it out and that’s just what they did. For hours. It took over three hours of heads-up play for Panka to finally triumph over his Canadian rival.

Here are the complete final-table payouts (*reflects the three-way deal):


  • 1. Dominik Panka - $1,423,096*
  • 2. Mike McDonald - $1,064,865*
  • 3. Isaac Baron – $1,207,599*
  • 4. Madis Muur - $581,040
  • 5. Daniel Gamez - $447,040
  • 6. Shyam Srinivasan - $328,020
  • 7. Pascal Lefrancois - $242,020
  • 8. Fabian Ortiz – $173,220

assets/photos/authors/_resampled/croppedimage6060-arthur-crowson.jpg
About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.

You May Also Like

assets/photos/_resampled/croppedimage12580-kiev-ukraine-33049.jpg

Poker Players Evacuated from RPT Event in Kiev

It appears that all the players who attempted to play the Russian Poker Tour’s Kiev event have finally been evacuated from the casino.

20 February 2014
assets/photos/_resampled/croppedimage12580-IMG1194.JPG

Phil Ivey Wins Second Aussie Millions $250k Challenge for $4m Payday

Phil Ivey defeated an all-star roster at the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge in Melbourne to win $4 million and further cement his status as the...

10 February 2014
assets/photos/_resampled/croppedimage12580-amibarer.jpg

Barer Clips Mizzi, Balsiger for $1.6m at Aussie Millions

Canadian Ami Barer is the 2014 Aussie Millions champion and $1.6m AUD richer after outlasting Sorel Mizzi and Jake Balsiger down the stretch in Melbourne...

09 February 2014
assets/photos/_resampled/croppedimage12580-IMG1438.JPG

Timoshenko Outlasts Timex, Seidel for $2m in Aussie $100k

Yevgeniy Timoshenko beat one of the most star-studded final tables in the history of the Aussie Millions $100k Challenge to win $2,000,000 earlier today.

08 February 2014

Please fill the required fields correctly!

Error saving comment!

You need to wait 3 minutes before posting another comment.

Comment added. Thank you!

No Comments