About five years ago, Mike McDonald decided to retire from poker. The man they call “Timex” was only 20 years old, but he had already won the 2008 EPT Main Event in Dortmund for a cool $1.3 million, along with several six-figure paydays. McDonald was thinking about going back to school at the University of Waterloo, and maybe pursuing some business interests.
His retirement didn't last very long. McDonald was right back on the circuit in no time, and it's hard to argue with that decision. Timex passed the $10-million mark in live earnings last year, and after a successful showing at this year's EPT opener in Barcelona, McDonald is up to $11.9 million lifetime, third among Canadians behind Daniel Negreanu ($30.7 million) and Jonathan Duhamel ($16.8 million).