Mike McDonald becomes youngest ever European Poker Tour Winner in Dortmund
The European Poker Tour German Open, held in Casino Hohensyburg, Dortmund, has been won by 18-year-old Canadian Mike “Timex” McDonald, making him the youngest ever victor on the tour. McDonald collected EUR 933,600 for his victory over 410 opponents in the EUR 8,000 buy-in event.
He eliminated five players at the final table en route to his triumph, and declared himself “pretty happy” with the way it all worked out. “Obviously I start all tournaments thinking I could win them or I wouldn’t play them. Today was good though – when I had big hands, they gave me their chips.”
The former University of Waterloo student beat 26-year-old German Andreas Gülünay heads up with A-K versus 10-7. The Canadian flopped a pair and turned trips and sent Gülünay to the rail to collect EUR 528,500 for second place.
McDonald recently made the final tables of three Aussie Millions events and won a EUR 10,000 seat to the EPT grand final in Monte Carlo from April 12-17, 2008.
The final table payouts for EPT German Open, Dortmund, were:
1. Mike McDonald (Canada) – 933,600
2. Andreas Gülünay (Germany) – 528,500
3. Torsten Haase (Germany) – 307,000
4. Diego Perez Marco (Spain) – 234,200
5. Claudio Rinaldi (Switzerland) – 193,000
6. Johannes Strassmann (Germany) – 152,000
7. Thibaut Durand (France) – 120,200
8. Christian Harder (United States) – 85,500