Timex Outlasts Steicke, Soulier for Epic Title

Mike McDonald
Mike "Timex" McDonald

One day before his 22nd birthday, Mike "Timex" McDonald gave himself an early gift and became the second Epic Poker League main event champion in history.

Outlasting another signature Epic final table at the Palms in Las Vegas yesterday, McDonald takes home $782,410 and an Epic Championship ring for the win.

Starting the final table as one of the short stacks, and staring up at a substantial chip lead in the hands of David Steicke, Erik Seidel and Isaac Baron, McDonald had a long way to go to take the title.

With just 357,000 in chips to start the day he managed to pick and choose his spots well as he leapfrogged Dutch Boyd, Sean Getzwiller, Baron and Nam Le, who all busted within the first 46 hands of the day, to make it to four-handed play.

Once they got four-handed play slowed down considerably, although McDonald did manage to double up several times through Fabrice Soulier.

Depsite the double-ups, Soulier managed to bust perpetual threat Seidel in fourth with pocket nines against Seidel's pocket fives.

McDonald however quickly returned the favor and bounced Soulier shortly after with AQ vs. Soulier's AT.

From there it was on to heads-up play with Day 3 chip leader Steicke, an Australian high-roller tournament specialist who now lives in Hong Kong.

McDonald began heads-up play behind Steicke in the chip counts but won a big race with pocket sixes vs. Steicke's AQ to take a 20-to-1 chip lead.

From there it was a relatively easy hold for McDonald to take the title down.

Steike earned $506,260 for his runner-up finish.

McDonald adds an Epic Main Event title to a poker tournament championship collection that already includes a title at EPT Dortmund in 2008 when he was just 18.

The rest of the final-table finishes and their payouts:

  • Mike McDonald      $782,410
  • David Steicke        $506,260
  • Fabrice Soulier      $299,160
  • Erik Seidel            $184,100
  • Nam Le                $126,570
  • Isaac Baron            $92,050
  • Sean Getzwiller      $69,040
  • Dutch Boyd            $57,530

For a full recap of final-table play, check the Epic Poker League live updates .

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