Mike McDonald is now very close to achieving a win in his $200,000 basketball prop bet. The Canadian high stakes poker star has improved massively and is now looking likely to do what most people thought was impossible for an amateur. Everybody thought McDonald had no chance, but now it seems that he is above to prove everyone wrong.
In April, McDonald took on a bet that he could sink 90 out of 100 free throws in a basketball court sometime before the end of the year. At the beginning, he could barely shoot free throws, fellow high stakes player Aaron Jones tweeted a video, showing that this wasn’t only about skill but also about general fitness. Since that time, McDonald has been working on his shot, and started the challenge a few days ago.
While the World Series of Poker (WSOP) continues on GGPoker, McDonald’s free throw prop bet is grabbing the attention of poker masses which is being streamed on Twitch. Based on recent results, there seems to be an excellent chance that McDonald will win the wager. Over the course of just two days, McDonald has had attempts where he hit 88/100 and 89/100 free throws, respectively. It seems to be just a matter of time before McDonald breaks the 90/100 mark.
The prop bet has certain rules that must be followed:
That puts you ahead of most NBA free throwers throughout history 😱 pic.twitter.com/fXviDUbrOZ
— Alex the Trading Monk (@cloudreaver2) August 21, 2020
Only three players in history, Steph Curry, Steve Nash, and Mark Price, have a free throw success rate of over 90%. If McDonald can pull it off the achievement will make waves in the basketball community. With more than four months to go it surely looking good for the Canadian. We look forward to seeing what he can come up with next to entertain us.
Mike McDonald has pulled off an incredible feat and showed that he isn’t just a poker player! The Canadian poker pro ultimately triumphed in his basketball prop bet after draining 90 out of 100 free throw shots. But his win initially became controversial after Nick Schulman, one of the poker players who bet against him, questioned the validity of his victory. Schulman said a break in the middle of a set nullified the win, as it gave McDonald some advantage.
FWIW after Tuesday's controversy I hit it again on Wednesday to conclude the bet
— Mike McDonald (@MikeMcDonald89) August 29, 2020
Miss shot 0
Make 90/100 between shots 1-100
Make shot 101 (decided to keep shooting in case there was a miscount or whatnot)
Miss shot 102
— Mike McDonald (@MikeMcDonald89) August 27, 2020
The poker pro was quick to defend his victory and expressed his willingness to repeat the challenge with no breaks to prove his shooting abilities and ultimately silence the critics. McDonald also argued that taking breaks was part of the conditions of the bet. Some players also sided with McDonald, saying taking a break actually affects the shooter’s rhythm, meaning there’s a huge possibility he wouldn’t be as well on pace as he was before the break. With his latest victory, McDonald is now $200K richer.
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