“The Grinder” is WSOP $50K Poker Players Champion
June 29, 2012
Despite Andy Bloch’s reported lead over the course of Event #45: $50K Poker Players Championship, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi ultimately won the bracelet and the $1.45+ million first place prize. This is the third consecutive year that Mizrachi has landed a gold bracelet, and he’s become the only player to win the $50K Poker Players Championship David “Chip” Reese Memorial Trophy twice, and arguably, no one is more deserving based on poker successes over the past 10 years.
Mizrachi earned his first WSOP bracelet in the 2010 Poker Players Championship, that accompanied a $1.55+ million payout, only to follow that up with a fifth place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event Championship for which he earned another $2.33+ million, making his 2010 WSOP winnings total more than $4 million. That’s pretty impressive.
His second WSOP bracelet was last year at the WSOP Europe. There he won $400K for a mixed-game event. He’s also made five additional WSOP final tables over the past two years. Three bracelets and nine final tables over a two-year span may just earn him the title of Mr. WSOP. Thirty-year-old Mizrachi is from Mirimar, Florida, but he might as well just move to Vegas.
His most recent bracelet win was not an easy one to score. In a field of 108 of the most legendary and biggest names in poker, Mizrachi defeated former bracelet winners Bloch (third place) and Bell Chen (seventh place), while sending Chris Klodnicki to the rail in second place after just five hours of heads-up play.
A full-time poker player since 2004, Mizrachi, like many other poker pros, dropped out of college to pursue poker. He was actually in med school when he decided to change his fate, and the risk turned out well. He is married and has three children