2021 World Series of Poker Europe End Boss Poker Series BetMGM
$100,000 Super High Roller

Double-Bubble Ends Day 2; Mike McDonald Eliminated in 8th Place ($217,320)

SantanaBandana • Level 19: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Mike McDonald - 8th Place

Paul Newey tossed his last two chips in from under the gun, moving all in for 20,000. The action folded to Mike McDonald in the cutoff, who also had less than a big blind, and he looked very upset. After chuckling for a bit, he focused on the situation, and started running through possible scenarios.

“Jesus,” McDonald cried out. “I have no idea what I’m supposed to do.”

After a little more precalculus, the Canadian called all in for 50,000. Matt Glantz completed from the small blind, and Fabian Quoss tanked for a bit in the big blind before raising.

“Really, Fabian?” Glantz chuckled before folding.

Newey: {9-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}
McDonald: {k-Spades}{q-Diamonds}
Quoss: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

The dealer spread {8-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{a-Spades}, increasing Quoss’ lead, but the {6-Clubs} on the turn gave Newey a pair of sixes.

"Is this the biggest sweat of your life drawing dead?" Vanessa Selbst asked McDonald, who laughed and nodded.

"It has to be."

Fortunately for him, the {5-Clubs} bricked off on the river and both he and Newey were eliminated. Because McDonald had more chips entering the hand, he will receive the eighth-place prize of $217,320.

Hand Analysis

This interesting hand shows how even experienced tournament players can find themselves in unusual situations which can prove especially challenging. Read more about the strategy involved in this hand at Learn.PokerNews in "Lessons from the 2014 PCA: Poker's Endless Surprises."

Player Chips Progress
Paul Newey gb
Paul Newey
gb Busted
Mike McDonald ca
Mike McDonald
ca Busted

Tags: Fabian QuossMatt GlantzMike McDonaldPaul Newey