Mike "Timex" McDonald leads final 8 in WCOOP $51K

The buy-in was bigger than any tournament in online poker history. It cost players $51,000 apiece to get into the World Championship of Online of Poker Super High Roller, and when registration closed, 46 people from around the world had signed up.

Tonight, eight of those players remain. When they return on Monday, two of them will walk away with nothing. The top six are guaranteed $126,500. The winner will pull in $851,000.

As the tournament breaks for the night, Mike "Timex" McDonald sits at the top.

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While one of his biggest pots of the day (an all-in pre-flop A♠5♠ vs A♦K♣ confrontation) came against Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz, the beat did not knock Holz out. The onetime WCOOP Main Event champion still has a chance at the bracelet, too.

For now, though, McDonald sits on 118 big blinds.

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McDonald said to be working on a "Five on the River" memoir

When players return to action they will be at 1,000/2,000/250 blinds and antes.

Here's how they stack up.

Tîmex (Canada) 237,712
Cejakas14 (United Kingdom) 214,540
dpeters17 (Canada) 195,294
Ben86 (Canada) 193,912
CrownUpGuy (Austria) 145,222
fish2013 (Belarus) 69,783
Nopaleva (Russia) 53,427
cuffme (United Kingdom) 40,110

The final eight are due back at 12:30pm ET on Monday. We'll have full coverage of the final table right here on the PokerStars Blog.


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Brad Willis
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