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Prop Bet: Mike McDonald wins $250K with 90 Free Throws in 24 Minutes

Tags: basketball, Mike McDonald, Prop Bet.
Posted on 01 September 2020 by "T".

Back in April, Mike McDonald announced he is doing a prop bet involving basketball free throws.

In order to win the six-figure prize prop bet, the Canadian poker pro must be able to sink 90 out of 100 free throws before this year ends. He is allowed to hit that goal as many times as he would like. The major rules would be: he has to use a 10-foot high hoop, a regulation-size basketball, and shoot from an exact distance of 15 feet away from the basket.

Prior to accepting the challenge in April, "Timex" was obviously unskilled on the basketball court. His basketball-playing experience is quite limited. Aaron Jones even showed in a Twitter video a few months ago displaying how terrible McDonald's form was.

Moving on to the next three months after that, on a Wednesday afternoon, followers were astonished to see McDonald's form and shooting accuracy has markedly improved.

A Winner in Every Prop Bet
McDonald basically never played competitive basketball ever in his entire life, but as someone who typically wins every prop bet he ever gets himself into, he's determined to see this through - with him winning it, of course.

Recently, he livestreamed two shooting sessions on Twitch. On his practice session Tuesday, he sunk an impressive 85/100 shots. The next day, he visited a gym where he managed to finally hit his goal score of 90/100, thereby winning the bet and it was the most amazing thing to watch.

The poker pro with a total of $13.3 million in live tournament earnings was in great shape, successfully hitting 84 out of his consecutive 92 shots. He was in super tip-top form that he could afford to miss two of his last 8 shots and still come out victorious.

Watch the video here

He managed to sink five of his final 9 free-throws, a nice attempt for 89/100, a personal best yet not enough to win the bet - the great thing about this bet is that he can attempt many times as he want until January 1, 2021.

August is the Magic Month
McDonald's metamorphosis from novice basketball player to an adept free-throw shooter is certainly impressive. To compare his progress in the world of pro basketball, Steph Curry is the all-time free-throw shooting leader in the NBA at 90.6%. When McDonald accepted the prop bet, his first shots were like that of Shaquille O'Neal's, an NBA star yet known to be a really bad free-throw shooter who made just 52.7% of his shots from behind the free throw line over an 18-year career.

Lots of money came in against him, mainly because he was judged from his poor form and that he would have to get his own rebounds. Some of those who bet against him were Christian Harder, Jake Abdalla, Nick Schulman, and Will Jaffe.

He had until the end of the year to win the bet, but he just finished it in August.

He was at 73/82, which meant he can only miss one of the remaining free throws in that set of 100, and he went 17-1 over the last 18 to win it - absolutely amazing.

For sinking in free throws in just 24 minutes, McDonald is now $250,000 richer thanks to this prop bet.

Source: https://calvinayre.com/2020/08/31/poker/mike-timex-mcdonald-wins-250000-basketball-prop-bet/

 


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19 comments on "Prop Bet: Mike McDonald wins $250K with 90 Free Throws in 24 Minutes"

 geseco1201/09/2020 16:09:21 GMT
felicitaciones a este jugador pro del poker, siempre lo segui es un gran jugador de torneos,creo que me gusta muchos sus estrategias, y feliz por haber ganado el reto, es un bro que cuando se compromete lo logra
 dule-vu01/09/2020 19:01:03 GMT
when you have so much money from live poker tournament and now when you cant play them,he find something new to make bets and to make something interesting in his life!poker pro's love to gamble and they will find any way to make life more interesting!people love to make challenges like this!
 CALICUL01/09/2020 21:29:58 GMT
What an interesting bet this is. Now people are trying to take advantage of certain syncopes about things they are not good and aspires to become skilled in those areas, He hasn't succeeded yet, but his time is still until january.
 antonis32104/09/2020 18:35:39 GMT
With this virus quarantin , even pro were worse in results and performance , the amateur players or athletes could not escape this fate . He was shooting very bad before and just when he started the challenge , he realy improved very much , shooting like a pro , even better than some of them , lol Smile
 CALICUL05/09/2020 08:51:31 GMT
Training is always very good because you train your throws a lot and can become much better as long as it was a disaster in this field. This man has far exceeded his condition and deserves to be praised. Amount of money earned is very interesting.
 dule-vu05/09/2020 10:24:18 GMT
its not like everybody can play basketball and you can get in shape in few days!if you never played football of basketball,then you dont know what even to do with ball!but if you played basketball,you can get in shape in few days,but no matter what,this kids of bets are funny for me,because this pro's dont know what do in life,when they cant play live poker and need to think something new!
 antonis32105/09/2020 18:50:15 GMT
He won this challenge , some $250K just to have some exercise and be improved on this game , that's vey cool , healthy and rewarding challenge , cause others might tell you to stay in a dark room (or ''SAW'' toilet lol) for some weeks or months before they pay you , others , the good prop bettors , like the ones he had , will give you a nice challenge , beneficial for you .. Like Jaimes Staples , to lose weight Smile
 dule-vu06/09/2020 12:21:39 GMT
you are right antonis,in this case this was good challenge for him and he had to work hard and to train to success in this!it was for his health and he even got money from this,so from this side he done very good thing!if he didnt train before,this maybe will make him to do every day now!
 antonis32106/09/2020 21:46:04 GMT

He won so much money for this challenge , not so easy as it might seem initially to some people Smile He can repeat it as many times as he wants ?? Did I understand correctly the news ?? That's not very wise to me , if he found the way to accomplish it once , he has the style , the techinique , so he can win many times , the players who gave him this prop bet , this challenge should have thought of it , or am I wrong ?? Question lol
 CALICUL07/09/2020 12:47:09 GMT
He was very lucky enough to go home with a lot of money, that will make him happy for a good chunk of time. I think he threw well and this award is compared to a Sunday Million in Pokerstars, when this tournament was in its glory days.
 antonis32109/09/2020 10:30:49 GMT
I wish sb put a pro bet on me , most of them seem to be easy money , maybe because it's between friends ?? Or people who do pro bets one each other every itme , so you know , money does circle , goes around , the same as the profits , lol . Anyway , maybe that;s not the case and I am simply being mean Blink A pro bet is very funny many times , but rarely it might seem really strange the demand of the one putting the challenge . Ofcoufrse noone can impose you to accept it , you do it on your own free will .

This free throws challenge seemed easy , but it wasn't , for sure it was enjoyable . may all pro bets were like this one Smile
 dule-vu10/09/2020 09:08:41 GMT
who know what they will do next time and without live poker tournaments they will make some new challenges in next months!I think that now they will make some stupid challenge,just to bet on something and just to have fun in life,when they cant play or travel!we will see what will happen!
 antonis32110/09/2020 17:09:36 GMT
Yes , with some money in their pockets still from their live tourneys before this crisis , with their gambling instinct and mood still there , the ppoker players want to gamble on sth , play for sth , so these prop bets , or cheallenges , even with friends , is sth to have fun , or give each other the opportunity to go for some goals and money at the same time . And for the fans to watch the action .
 CALICUL11/09/2020 16:39:17 GMT
Competition is fierce and sometimes when you get bored of something must try to make bets considered strange to many people... as long as this man did not even know how to throw with basketball ball. Try it with your friends.
 dule-vu11/09/2020 19:48:19 GMT
Posted by antonis321:
Yes , with some money in their pockets still from their live tourneys before this crisis , with their gambling instinct and mood still there , the ppoker players want to gamble on sth , play for sth , so these prop bets , or cheallenges , even with friends , is sth to have fun , or give each other the opportunity to go for some goals and money at the same time . And for the fans to watch the action .


probably there will no be any live tournaments in near future,especially when autumn come and they will close again countries,so who will make any live poker tournament!?nobody!
you can see that we had news about tallinn and live tournament from 1. to 7.9.,but we didnt got any news about winners or how did it finish and was it even this tournament!who knows what can happen!
 antonis32111/09/2020 21:18:42 GMT
Yes , live tournaments are very rare to see nowadays , and no much peope in them , but who knows what will happen in some months , this situation has alleady gone too far imo , anyway ... Lets have some fun in the meanwhile with these prop bets , have fun and exercise and profits , these poker pros can have these challenges and we can see them succeed or fail
 CALICUL13/09/2020 08:07:54 GMT
We make enough bets at sports bookmakers. Where are opportunities to risk some money on other genres worth a try because many gamblers had nice gains with something like that. It is not difficult if you use intuition and need some luck of course.
 dule-vu13/09/2020 09:31:41 GMT
Posted by antonis321:
Yes , live tournaments are very rare to see nowadays , and no much peope in them , but who knows what will happen in some months , this situation has alleady gone too far imo , anyway ... Lets have some fun in the meanwhile with these prop bets , have fun and exercise and profits , these poker pros can have these challenges and we can see them succeed or fail


they will not have live tournaments for sure,when they didnt had on summer where situation was better,they will not give on autumun or winter!when dont allow people to go on football games or with just 30 % of capacity,then we cant expect more things for live poker!so probably they will make lot of this challenges in next months,because they will have lot of free time!
 CALICUL14/09/2020 09:46:38 GMT
I can't wait to see strange bets at licensed houses in my country, where i can risk some money, because they have higher odds and can bet. A good example for me would be to play on a few champions at end of the seasons. As in this case, it is good for us.

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