The first-ever World Series of Poker Dealer's choice event appeared to be well received by all of the 419 runners that took a seat on June 19th. Out of that field, 42 would be paid and the winner would take home $147,092. That winner was a player that had a working knowledge of all the 16 variations of poker — that winner has 32 career cashes that date as far back as 2003 — that winner has a gold bracelet and was looking to add another — that winner is Robert Mizrachi.
Final Table Payouts
Day 3 found Robert Mizrachi holding the chip lead at the start of play but he had to overcome a severe chip deficit to beat out Aaron Schaff during heads-up play.
Ten players returned with the dream of taking home the title of the first-ever Dealer's Choice event, including Jen Harman and Melissa Burr — both were in the hunt for number three. Harman was hoping to win her third bracelet and Burr was working on making final table number 3. They were the first to go with Harman busting in 10th and Burr in ninth.
Players chose the game they felt the most comfortable with and Mizrachi summed it up when he said, "It's tough to win. The players are getting tougher," Mizrachi replied when asked about the seven-year lapse between bracelets. "There's definitely a lot of pride in winning this event. It's a very skilled event. You not only have to know all the games, but you have to pick the games that your opponent's don't play as well."
According to PokerNews Live Reporting, "Schaff considered pot-limit Omaha to be his best game and was consistently picking that when the choice fell upon him. Mizrachi, on the other hand, mixed it up consistently with his most-picked game being Omaha 8."
On the final hand the game choice belonged to Mizrachi.
A-5 Triple Draw
Aaron Schaff raised on the button. Mizrachi raised it and Schaff made the call after thinking about it for a moment.
Mizrachi drew two cards and Schaff drew one. Mizrachi checked and Schaff bet. Mizrachi announced a raise, Schaff three-bet, Mizrachi four-bet, and Schaff called all in.
Mizrachi stood pat and Schaff drew one. The third draw found Mizrachi standing pat and Schaff drawing one. The hands were turned up.
Mizrachi spread the and Schaff turned over .
"Drawing dead?" asked Mizrachi, with excitement in his voice. Schaff's final card turned out to be the — he was indeed, drawing dead.
Mizrachi's rail was all over him, rushing the secondary feature stage to congratulate him on his second bracelet win.
Sarah Grant talked to Robert about the first-ever win: