Posts Tagged ‘Mike McDonald’

Global Poker Index: McDonald Rejoins To 10

by | Published: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Global Poker Index releases a list of the top 300 tournament poker players in the world every week, using a formula that rates a player’s results over six half-year periods. The GPI also ranks the top performing players of the year over two six-month periods, using the USA Today Global Poker Index point system to calculate.

 

2014 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Keven Stammen 893.30 -
2 Ole Schemion 803.21 -
3 Alex Bilokur 800.07 -
4 Scott Seiver 633.26 -
5 Shyam Srinivasan 626.96 -
6 Mike McDonald 608.20 -
7 Byron Kaverman 600.23 -
8 Ami Barer 594.74 -
9 Dan Heimiller 588.53 2
10 Alexander Denisov 581.06 -1

 

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After Dan Heimiller’s efforts over the past couple of weeks, with wins at the Chicago Poker Classic, he’s broken back into the Top 10 GPI Player of the Year race – straight into 9th place. Heimiller finished 61st in the Heartland Poker Tour California State Poker Championship this week, and his 21st cash prize of 2014 shot him straight back into the top 10.

Jeff Madsen, winner of the California State Poker Championship, is now right outside the top 10 at No. 11 position. His win netted him $160,060 to his pockets and shot him up 13 places on the list.

Keven Stammen remains at the top of the POY race with close to 900 points, but his score hasn’t changed since last week. Neither has second placer Ole Schemion behind by just 90 points, who also happened to win the 2013 GPI Play of the Year.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Ole Schemion 3971.85 -
2 Scott Seiver 3710.41 -
3 Byron Kaverman 3450.70 1
4 Vanessa Selbst 3427.99 1
5 Marvin Rettenmaier 3366.52 1
6 Philipp Gruissem 3360.90 -3
7 Dan Smith 3339.95 -
8 Stephen Chidwick 3282.26 -
9 Mike McDonald 3241.52 7
10 Jason Mercier 3222.40 -1

 

Schemion may still be trailing to Stammen in the Player of the Year race, but he’s well and truly out in front in the Top 10 of the GPI 300 players. With a score of 3971.85, he’s over 260 points clear of his nearest rival Scott Seiver.

Mike McDonald is back in the top 10, jumping seven places to land at No. 9. The player nicknamed “Timex” has cashed only two prizes since his Aussie Millions win, but three of his first four wins were for over one million dollars, which gives him some leeway.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Philipp Gruissem dropped three places to No. 6. The German’s score will only continue to fall, since his score from the GuangDong Asia Millions will fall into Zone 3 in a few weeks’ time. Marvin Rettenmaier, Vanessa Selbst, and Byron Kaverman all benefitted from his slide, moving up one spot each.

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Phil Ivey Scores $4M in 2014 Aussie Millions $250K Challenge

by | Published: Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

In a case of history repeating itself, Phil Ivey has won the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for the second time in three years.

Returning to the tournament scene in spectacular fashion in 2012 by taking the Aussie Millions title, Ivey managed to do it again on Monday. However, this time around he pocketed double his winnings from two years ago by banking AU$4,000,000—the largest single cash prize of his career.

The record-setting event contained 46 entrants, and Ivey was one of the few players to only fire one AU$250,000 bullet. Ivey was never top of the leaderboard, heading into Day 2 in seventh overall position with 622,000 chips, and the eight-handed televised final table in second-last position with 976,000 chips. Nevertheless, he successfully battled his way back into the mix and eventually top position.

Max Altergott was the first player eliminated from the table in eighth place. His elimination meant the remaining seven players were each on the verge of winning at least AU$500,000. Unfortunately for Erik Seidel, he just missed out with his bust in seventh place.

Seidel fell to Fabian Quoss during Level 14 after betting all in for around 15 big blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000. With that, the remaining six players were guaranteed a payday of at least half a million Australian dollars.

After that, Tom Dwan fell in sixth place (AU$500,000), Quoss hit the rails in fifth place (AU$800,000), Daniel Negreanu was eliminated in fourth place (AU$1,250,000), and Mike McDonald busted in third (AU$1,900,000) leaving Ivey up against Isaac Haxton. Both Negreanu and McDonald were in the event for three bullets (AU$750,000) and managed to pull off a profit.

Haxton was just trying to get himself unstuck from his unsuccessful 2014 Aussie Millions run. After busting in both the $25,000 Challenge and the Main Event, and firing six bullets in the $100,000 Challenge and two bullets in this event he had racked up a total of AU$1,600,00 in buy-ins. By finishing runner-up and claiming AU$2,820,000 he managed to do very well for himself.

Haxton went into the heads-up play with the lead—6.15 million to Ivey’s 5.35 million—and even had Ivey down around the two million mark at one stage. But like the rest of the Challenge, Ivey fought his way back to the top. On the final hand, Ivey limped the button for 160,000 and Haxton had to raise all in from the big blind if he had any hope of winning. But the board sealed the deal for Ivey and Haxton was eliminated in second place.

Ivey’s win moved his total lifetime tournaments earnings to over $20,000,000 and he moved into second position on poker’s all-time money list. He also became the first two-time winner of the $250,000 Challenge, quite the feat considering the event has only run four times.

2014 Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge Final Table Results

Finish    Player                                 Prize (AU$)

1              Phil Ivey                            $4,000,000

2              Isaac Haxton                   $2,820,000

3              Mike McDonald               $1,900,000

4              Daniel Negreanu           $1,250,000

5              Fabian Quoss                 $800,000

6              Tom Dwan                       $500,000

 

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Mizrachi Off To A Strong Start in EPT Berlin Main Event

by | Published: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Leading professional poker player Michael Mizrachi is well placed after the opening day of the 2013 European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event.

“The Grinder” finished Day 1b of the tournament as the chip leader and is currently sitting in fourth place overall with 175,400 in chips.

Mizrachi isn’t a regular on the European Poker Tour but is well placed to add an EPT Title to his three World Series of Poker bracelets and his two World Poker Tour Titles.

“I haven’t played many EPT events, I think this might only be my third one,” Mizrachi told Poker News.

“I am coming here because my brother is actually DJing at the 42nd Club on Wednesday.

“I came out for that and there was a tournament here so I thought why not come out a few days earlier.”

Mizrachi was full of his typical confidence and said he was looking forward to Wednesday night as a celebration for his tournament victory.

“It should be a great party but first I have to take care of business so that I can have money to spend on Wednesday night,” Mizrachi said.

“I’m looking forward to winning this tournament and having a great turnout.”

Mizrachi still has a long way to go to win the tournament with 314 players still remaining in contention.

Ronny Voth (196,100) is the current chip leader with Mike Kunze (188,000), Thomas Richter (176,100), Mizrachi (175,400) and Sebastian Trisch (173,500) rounding out the top five.

Notable players who were eliminated on the opening day of the tournament included: Paul Volpe, David Williams, Mike McDonald, Justin Bonomo and Rupert Elder.

The tournament continues today with flights A and B coming together for day two of the event.

The remaining players are doing battle for a total prize pool of €4,560,000 and a first place prize of €880,000.

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