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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2012

Event 45 $50,000 Poker Players Championship – Welcome Back Michael Mizrachi!

Michael Mizrachi - Event 45 WSOP 2012
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Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi is the first player to win the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy TWICE! It's Mizrachi's third consecutive year for adding a gold bracelet to his collection and it completely reconfirms that we are looking at a poker robot Ladies and Gentlemen! Just joking! Mizrachi is flesh and blood, Houdini at the poker table, father to his kids, husband to his wife, and just plain all-around great at playing poker.

The Poker Players Championship started on June 24th with 108 players and a prize pool of $5,184,000. Michael Mizrachi would take home $451,527 and 107 finishers would take home the rest of the prize pool. We think Mizrachi would have said it like that since he always believes he's going to win and so do we.

These are The Grinders' WSOP accomplishments over the past two years:

  • May 28, 2010 – Won his first WSOP gold bracelet in the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship, for $1,559,046.
  • June 3, 2010 – Sixth place in the $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud World Championship.
  • June 15, 2010 – Eighth place in the $10,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em World Championship.
  • November 9, 2010 – Fifth place in the $10,000 buy-in Main Event Championship, which paid $2,332,992.
  • June 27, 2011 – Second place in the $2,500 buy-in Mixed-Split Omaha/Seven-Card Stud event.
    October 12, 2011 – Won his second gold bracelet in the 10,400 Euro buy-in Split-Format event at WSOP Europe, good for 336,008 euros (about $420,000).
  • May 29, 2012 – Fifth place in the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split event.
  • June 15, 2012 – Fourth place in the $1,500 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball event.
  • June 28, 2012 – Won his third gold bracelet in the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship, for $1,451,527.

The final hand found Klodnicki and Mizrachi raising back and forth to get all the chips in pre-flop after Mizrachi started the raising war on the button.

Klodnicki: {a-Spades}{j-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{2-Spades}
Mizrachi {q-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

Mizrachi flopped a straight draw with the {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}{7-Spades} flop and Klodnicki had a flush draw. Mizrachi turned a 10-high straight when the {6-Hearts} hit. The rivered {a-Hearts} finished Chris Klodnicki and sent him home in second place with $896,935 for the biggest score of his career.

Michael Mizrachi ground out another $1,451,527 for first place, grabbed a WSOP bracelet and the Chip Reese Memorial trophy for a second time. Congratulations Michael!

Michael talks to Sarah Grant of

1Michael Mizrachi$1,451,527 
2Chris Klodnicki$896,935 
3Andy Bloch$561,738 
4Luke Schwartz$604,736 
5Roland Israelashvili$317,882 
6Stephen Chidwick$253,497 
7Bill Chen$205,856 
8Bruno Fitoussi$169,879 

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