Mizrachi wins Player’s Championship; makes History

Posted on by RTR Rachel

Michael Mizrachi had won over $7 million in live poker tournament money, and had also earned lots of cash through online poker too.  But one thing that has eluded Mizrachi over his career is a World Series of Poker gold bracelet…….at least until now.

Mizrachi recently ended his drought by winning the Player’s Championship, which is one of the biggest casino poker events in the world.  For evidence of its prestige, one need look no further than the $50,000 buy-in, and the fact that many of the world’s top live and online poker players ante up the hefty buy-in.

2010 was no different since many of the game’s best holdem poker players bought into the event.  In the end, it was Michael Mizrachi who shined the brightest during the Player’s Championship as he earned the top prize of $1,559,046.  He stormed through a field of 116 players and onto a final poker table that included his older brother Robert Mizrachi. 

Unfortunately, there was no heads-up showdown between the two brothers in the end because Michael knocked Robert out in fifth place ($341k).  But the brothers still made poker news by becoming the highest finishing relatives in a WSOP event; the previous record was held by Annie Duke (6th) and Howard Lederer (9th) in a Pot-Limit Hold’em tournament.

The end of the tournament saw Mizrachi playing poker hands against Russian player Vladimir Schmelev.  Mizrachi was able to top Schmelev in a short amount of time on his way to the big win.  In addition to beating Schmelev in heads-up play, Mizrachi also outlasted several other notable pros like David Oppenheim (3rd), John Juanda (4th), Daniel Alaei (7th), and Nick Schulman (9th).

What’s great about Mizrachi’s victory is that it overshadows his recent troubles with the tax money he owes.  Mizrachi owes the government $341k and both of his homes in Florida were recently seized as a result.

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