PokerShares owner Mike McDonald joins Joey Ingram live on the Poker Life Podcast.
Full episode plus Timestamps recap of August 2, 2017 episode.
PokerShares CEO and $13.3 million USD live poker tournament cash prize winner Mike McDonald was back this Wednesday for a 2-hour guest appearance on the Poker Life Podcast with Joey Ingram.
Following is a Timestamps summary of the episode which originally aired on Ingram’s YouTube Poker channel.
(0:00) Intro, Kelly Winterhalter podcast this Friday
(0:31) Kevin Martin & Pratyush Buddiga (PLP) shows next week
(0:48) Mike McDonald, PokerShares, cryptocurrency introduction
(1:29) Joey outdoes himself with every shout-out
(3:00) Mike’s recent activities — Banff, Alberta business w/ Aaron Jones
(3:30) Transitioning from poker to business administration
(6:36) Balancing between new ideas & building upon successful models
(8:04) Recreational and non-players find value in poker entertainment
(9:25) Papi’s Las Vegas #OOL Summer 2017 takeaways
(10:05) Cryptocurrency discussion begins
(13:01) Timex is a casual cryptocurrency investor at the moment
(13:54) The two components of cryptocurrency — Pros & Cons
(14:42) Naval Ravikant, Metastable reference
(17:40) High level of expertise needed to make investment of any kind
(19:58) Mike’s WSOP Main Event perfect outcome?
(20:58) ChicagoJoey’s “positive emotional experience” during WSOP ME
(21:35) Mike’s Vegas trip was mostly business
(22:40) PokerShares’ future collaboration opportunities, affiliate discussion
(25:35) PokerShares odds for Joey Ingram vs. Bill Perkins
(27:15) Shark bite longshot odds possible?
(28:10) Mike has $10k peronally invested in Joey’s St. Thomas mile
(30:35) 2017 WSOP televised coverage, PokerGO & ESPN
(34:55) Free content vs. premium paywall offering
(37:58) Mike is a fan of individuals who are innovative in presenting poker
(40:42) Brian Townsend High Stakes Poker memories
(42:45) Online poker discussion, cash games vs. tournaments
(44:25) Online poker operators, RunItOnce Poker, Phil Galfond
(46:02) PokerStars monopoly, competition needed
(50:08) Mountain climbing escapades with Fedor Holz near Canmore, Alberta
— Fedor Holz (@CrownUpGuy) July 6, 2017
(53:30) Fedor carded at bar, refused booze
(53:55) Primed Mind discussion
(56:00) Poker skills and crossing over into entertainment/business
(58:48) Poker Then vs. Poker Now — past opportunities to move up in stakes
(1:01:06) United States online poker legalization
(1:02:16) PokerShares now available in Portuguese
(1:03:03) Brazilian poker players, Patrick Leonard vs. Faraz Jaka Twitter spat
(1:04:06) Brazilian live poker atmosphere
(1:05:24) Only one female under 26 played 2017 WSOP Main Event
(1:07:27) WSOP Main Event field strength
(1:09:52) WSOP Main Event final table performance discussion
(1:12:06) Mike McDonald in five years’ time
(1:13:51) Amaya name change to “The Stars Group”
(1:14:28) Streamboat Prop Bet? Mike’s competitive swimming background.
(1:17:14) Has Timex fully recovered from shoulder surgery?
(1:18:16) Mike’s mom will see her first NFL game live — Patriots vs. Chiefs
(1:21:00) Xochi & meeting face-to-face for business vs. Skype/online
(1:23:30) PokerShares in five years, Mike’s vision
(1:24:57) Real money wagering makes sports & events more popular
(1:25:54) PokerShares is now available in Australia, BTC accepted
(1:26:44) Mike’s Montreal high roller win, fulfillment from new roles
(1:27:52) PokerShares refund policy, proof of no-show
(1:29:21) Fenn Treasure Hunt discussion. Is Mr. Fenn a creative genius or an epic troll?
(1:32:38) Rec. Reading, “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” (Richard Feynman)
(1:33:06) “Four Reasonable Men” (Brand Blanshard)
(1:34:00) PokerShares cross-books & props to avoid rake possible?
(1:36:12) Mayweather vs. McGregor, Mike discusses effect of 8-ounce gloves.
(1:37:44) Know Your Customer (KYC) & Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance
(1:40:39) Floyd Mayweather’s IRS woes, South Park reference “And… it’s gone!”
(1:41:42) Social media, INSTAGRAM: MikeMcDonald_89 TWITTER: @MikeMcDonald89
(1:43:01) Subscribe, Comment & Follow – Papi’s mic bids farewell
(1:43:49) Friday: Kelly Winterhalter — Next Week: Kevin Martin, Pratyush Buddiga
David Huber (known as “dhubermex” online) has been involved in the poker industry for more than a decade. He currently assists several poker and gaming entities as a researcher, writer, and consultant. Former Editor-in-Chief & Head Moderator of online tournament rankings site PocketFives (2006-2011).