Jonas Mackoff is a name that may be familiar to the more entrenched poker fan. But for many Canadians, he is not someone you hear a lot about and you would be forgiven for not knowing the name. Mackoff has been quietly dominating tournaments from his North Vancouver home for a number of years, not to mention his long list of cashes in live tournaments.
We were reminded of what Mackoff was capable of when he took down the PokerStars Super Tuesday a couple days ago under his well-recognized username, "donut604." The $1,050 weekly tournament with a $300K guarantee brought in 644 players this week. Mackoff was the last player standing and earned himself $106,040 for the impressive feat.
This huge cash follows other recent online successes. At the end of December last year, Mackoff final-tabled the Sunday $100R for $12,000 and won the partypoker $200K this past February for another $27,000. According to PocketFives, Mackoff has surpassed the $2 million mark in lifetime online cashes.
Added to his domination of online tournaments, Mackoff boasts about $300,000 in live tournament cashes as well, proving that he is as competent on the real felt as he is on the digital counterpart.
Mackoff has cashed in at least one World Series of Poker (WSOP) event every year since 2009. Last year, he cashed in two $1,500 events, but the year before that, he cashed in an incredible five events! He has 12 total WSOP cashes and six WSOP Circuit cashes, including one 1st-place in a $355 event at Harrah's Rincon in 2012 to earn him some poker hardware: the gold WSOP Circuit ring.
Last year, Mackoff also made the trip to Melbourne for Aussie Millions where he cashed in two events. His best Australian result was a 4th-place finish in the $2,500 Pot-limit Omaha event for AUD$22,000.
The largest live cash so far in Mackoff's career is another international event, this time in San Remo for European Poker Tour in 2012. He finished 13th in the €5,300 Main Event for a €32,000 pay day.
With great success online, live, in several countries, and in a wide range of games including No-limit Hold'em, Pot-limit Omaha, and Stud, Mackoff is able to wear a variety of poker hats and outplay the competition in seemingly any arena.
Since "donut604" seems to make WSOP an annual must-play event, he is certainly one to watch at this year's series in Las Vegas. If history proves anything, he will almost certainly cash in a couple events, and maybe we'll see him win his first bracelet. We'll be the first to let you know if he does!