Poker pro Mike McDonald made a $200,000 prop bet on his ability to make 90 out of 100 free throws. He placed the wager with a combination of poker pros, including Nick Schulman.
McDonald was essentially a basketball novice who, in April, wagered that he could become good enough at free throws to sink 90% of them.
Players who bet against him, such as Eric “Barstool Nate” Nathan didn’t believe he could make free throws like elite NBA players. For reference, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is a career 90.6% free-throw shooter.
McDonald live-streamed his accomplishment to prove that he indeed made the free throws. During the live-stream he was able to sink enough shots to win.
McDonald Takes a Controversial Break
McDonald lives in a part of Canada that doesn’t feature basketball gyms. Therefore, he must drive almost three hours away to play at the nearest gym.
Considering that McDonald is playing at a community basketball center, he must share the court with others. This aspect caused a problem during his latest live-stream.
Several players were waiting while McDonald was shooting free throws. He’d sunk 56 out of 61 shots before deciding to take a break.
He came back half an hour later and made the necessary 90 shots to win the challenge. However, Schulman felt that this accomplishment shouldn’t have counted due to the break.
People on Twitter argued on whether the break helped or hurt McDonald. Some believe that it allowed him to get an unfair break and rest. Others noted that taking a break like this can ruin a shooter’s rhythm.
Schulman Finally Accepts Results of the Prop Bet
McDonald won the wager by making 16 straight shots at the end. He connected on exactly 90 of the 100 free throws to win.
“I told people that breaks are allowed,” he said during the stream. “I’m guessing people are going to be pissed off at me if this is deemed my win. If this was December 10, I would be arguing that this is a win and I don’t think there’d be much of a case against it.”
Schulman continued to argue the outcome. After hearing others discuss the matter on Twitter, though, he finally conceded the bet.