Michael "the grinder" Mizrachi took down a new gold bracelet in the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe in Event #5; Philippe Boucher ran over the final table of Event #6 and claimed his gold bracelet; the Main Event kicked off on Saturday.
Event #5: €10,300 Split Format No-Limit Hold'em
When 16 players advanced to the heads-up bracket, Michael "the grinder" Mizrachi was in 7th place. Mizrachi looked down to on the very first hand with Kent Lunkmark and Lundmark had the misfortune of picking up 10h10c. The board ran out with blanks and the match was all but over. Brian Hastings had taken out Erik Seidel in the previous round and he was next on Mizrachi's trail to the bracelet. Mizrachi won every pot that had meat in it against Hastings and took down the win to move on to face France's Roger Hairabedian in the semifinals. It took some hours before Mizrachi found a turned straight to bust off a set of fives for Hairabedian.
The final match with Shawn Buchanan and Mizrachi started with a 2:1 chip advantage for Mizrachi. Mizrachi played his big stack well - and with a little luck from the Card Fairy - the last hand found Buchanan calling off his short stack with . Mizrachi held the and the board rolled out with the . Congratulations Grinder!
Final Four Results of Event 5:
Event #6: €1,090 Pot-Limit Hold'em
Philippe Boucher managed to bring a complete new meaning to the word 'rush' in a World Series of Poker event when the dust settled less than four hours after the final table started. The first player left after about an hour and a half of play - then it was all 'rush' from there on out with Boucher as the star rusher. When a player went all-in against Boucher, they left the table.
Jack Ellwood ran into Boucher's and was out the door, followed shortly after by Jarred Solomon. Next out were Alexander Dovzhenko (started Day 2 with only 2,000 chips and turned that into a piece of magic that resulted in a €37,529 payday) and Nicolas Fierro. Fierro began the day as chip leader but as poker goes, nothing worked for him, most of his hands were folded and his last hand showed that he had the best hand but was counterfeited by the Canadian Boucher running his 'rush' to the maximum.
Michel Dattani and Boucher were heads-up in no time. Dattani bet the pot for 30,000 when Boucher put him all-in. Dattani was all-in with to Philippe Boucher's .
With the Card Fairy sitting on Boucher's shoulder, the board ran out .
The Final 6 Results:
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