“Timex” & Pascal LeFrancois Top PCA Final Table – Mike McDonald With a Chance at EPT History

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Mike McDonald 2014 PCA Main Event
Mike McDonald

 

Every year it seems that the PCA Main Event final table presents some big opportunity for Canadian players as well as an exciting live stream for poker fans; last year we had Dion, Crowe and Roy with a decent shot at the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure title.

In 2014 we are seeing big headlines once again as Ontario’ Mike “Timex” McDonald and one of “Team Quebec’s” WSOP bracelet winners, Pascal Lefrancois, head into eight handed play for the final and Day Six, as the the 2nd and third biggest stacks. It hasn’t been an easy trek for either, as an impressive 1031 entrants began the $10,000,000 guaranteed event.

Pascal LeFrancois
Pascal LeFrancois

 

On one hand, McDonald could make EPT poker history by becoming the first player ever to win two Main Event titles, after coming oh-so-close to already achieving this on two other occasions. Lefrancois however would complete the second leg of poker’s triple crown, should he take this one down, one up on McDonald when it comes World Series of Poker gold.

In the money department, taking down the more than $1,820,000 first place prize would see Timex hit more than $7.7 million in live tournament career winnings (including a $217k finish in the 2014 PCA Super High Roller already this week), good enough to take over his friend Michael Watson’s current hold of the 4th place spot on the All Time Canadian Money List with almost a million dollar lead, while Pascal would leap from more than $1.8 million to $3.6 and be sitting just outside the top 10. Both players are sure to have rowdy rails when play resumes Monday and we’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out!

Mike Leah
Mike Leah

Things are also shaping up for popular Canadian pro Daniel Negreanu in the final few tables of the 247 players that started the $25,000 High Roller, as last we checked, he was sitting in the top half of the chip counts as Day 2 was winding down, leaving him with a promising shot at the roughly $1.2 million for first.

Already this week, at least one PCA trophy has found it’s way into the hands of an all star Canadian player, as Toronto’s Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah celebrated winning the 5k turbo by proclaiming on Twitter “Thanks everyone; been awhile since I’ve outright shipped a live bird…feels amazing!!”. The straight up, no chop victory was worth better than $119,700 for Leah.

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35 year old recreational player, husband and father of three from Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy lower stakes cash games including PLO and limit Omaha 8. Any of the micro-stakes HORSE games will play online MTTS and SNGs. Live, Tournaments and Satellites up to $550. I love the game but am far to social to take it seriously and sometimes give up a little to much information at the table because I enjoy discussing the game, so decided it was safest for my bankroll to take up writing about the game. That way I still get to meet the cool people and opinions on the game, but with a little less risk. Writing wise, currently a regular contributor to Poker Pro Canada, like to write profiles, previews and recaps the most. formally wrote for Canadian Poker Player Canada. My Poker Blogs have been featured on CardPlayer Social and SpadeClub as "Recommended" or in newsletters on several occasions and Pokerweblogs as "Blog of the Month". Past projects included organizing and promoting major events with the Canadian Poker Tour, introducing Big Slick Poker Tour to Southern Alberta and directing events and finals.

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