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    Sunday, April 4th, 2010 by t2admin

Mike McDonald is a Full Tilt Poker Red pro and a member of Team CardRunners at the popular online poker room. McDonald recently announced on his CardRunners blog that he will be retiring from the game of poker. McDonald is only twenty years old and during his short career he has earned over $2.6 million in live tournament winnings.

McDonald has announced he plans on taking his life in a different direction than poker since he has already secured himself financially at this young age. On his blog McDonald commented: “Before talking about where I plan to go from here, I guess I should point out that I do enjoy playing poker and I doubt I’ll ever straight up quit playing poker. I just think at this point, I sort of feel no ambition towards poker.”

McDonald went on to say: “In poker, although I’ve met tons of people I really like and had tons of cool experiences, I just kind of feel like there is nowhere to go from here. I can’t really think of anyone who is more engrossed in the poker world than me who I aspire to be like and poker seems to be a lot more isolating than I initially realized.”

McDonald has been very successful in his short career. In 2008 he became the youngest person ever to win a European Poker Tour event when he won the German Open. He has continued to have success in the EPT by placing well in several events in the series. He has also won a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event.

McDonald commented in his blog that he will most likely be re-enrolling in the University of Waterloo where he already had finished three semesters before beginning poker full time. McDonald commented: “I think returning to school and trying out a wide variety of courses, learning new things, meeting new people, and just beginning to live a life that is more in touch with everyone else seems aligned with my interests. I currently am trying to get in touch with the University of Waterloo about possibly taking some classes this summer and depending on how that goes, may return to Waterloo or another university in the fall.”

McDonald commented that he had reached a point that he could pretty much sit and do nothing for the rest of his life and ‘just watch the world go by’ and he realized that was not what he wanted to do. So now he will leave the game of poker to pursue other interests.

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