Michael Mizrachi Wins The WSOP $50,000 Poker Player's Championship

By Paul Bentley

The man they call “The Grinder,” Michael Mizrachi, won his second $50,000 buy-in Poker Player’s Championship last night, earning him the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, a World Series Of Poker bracelet, as well as $1,451,527.  Mizrachi became the first two-time winner of the event and he did it in fashion.  Timely fashion.

The Rio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was Mizrachi’s stage last night.  The Grinder entered the final table as the chip leader and clear favorite to take down the title.  On the very first hand of the night, Mizrachi knocked out Bill Chen and Bruno Fitoussi in a cooler situation where the Grinder picked up pocket aces.  Its good to be Michael Mizrachi, no doubt.

It was smooth sailing from then on for Mizrachi, as he finished off the final table in just over five hours.

The Miami native, Mizrachi, has been running hot as of late, as his Miami Heat shipped some hardware of their own this year.  With this win, Mizrachi’s total career tournament winnings now exceeds seven million dollars.

The final table was stacked with talent, but with this ridiculously tough field of 108 players, the table would be stacked regardless.  Chris Klodnicki, the Philadelphia native finished second, and recent bracelet winner Andy Bloch finished third.  Here are the final table payouts.

1. Michael Mizrachi – $1,451,527

2. Chris Klodnicki – $896,935

3. Andy Bloch – $561,738

4. Luke Schwartz – $406,736

5. Roland Israelashivili – $317,682

6. Stephen Chidwick – $253,497

7. Bill Chen – $205,856

8. Bruno Fitoussi – $169,879

Although this is not the Main Event for the World Series Of Poker, the majority of the poker population regard this tournament as one of the toughest in the world.

On top of the pricey $50,000 entry fee, this tournament features a structure that includes eight games: Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi-low Split eight of better, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card High-low Split eight or better, No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha and 2-7 Triple-Draw Lowball.

I guess if you’re Michael Mizrachi, poker isn’t as much of a gamble as people think.  Well played Mizrachi.


Paul Bentley is a contributor to Rant Sports

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