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2010 World Series of Poker: Michael Mizrachi Takes Main Event Chip Lead

2010 World Series of Poker: Michael Mizrachi Takes Main Event Chip Lead 0001

It's fairly safe to say that it has been a World Series of Poker to remember for the Mizrachi brothers, and now the most well-known of the foursome, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, has taken the chip lead of the WSOP Main Event during Day 6.

Early in the summer, both Robert and Michael made the final table of the $50,000 Player's Championship, which Michael was able to take down for his first WSOP bracelet. To follow it up, the brothers banded together to all make the money of this year's WSOP Main Event. Eric faded just after the bubble burst, and Danny getting knocked out midway through Day 5. Robert was able to hang on for a while with one of the shorter stacks in the room on Day 6, but ultimately faded, leaving only Michael to continue the Mizrachi charge.

The Grinder is not only surviving, but also he is flourishing, holding the chip lead midway through Day 6 of the biggest poker tournament of the year and second largest live tournament field of all time. He started the day with just under 2 million, and over the course of just two levels of play, has built his stack up to just under 6 million in chips.

Poker is a game of instincts, and Thursday afternoon proved that Mizrachi was trusting his. One hand Duy Le opened for 40,000 from middle position, then Getty Mattingsley made it 105,000 from the button. Mizrachi called from the small blind, the big blind folded, and Le called. The flop came {8-Spades}{10-Hearts}{4-Spades} and all three checked. The turn was the {K-Hearts} and it was checked to Mattingsley, who bet 196,000. Both Mizrachi and Le called. The river was the {5-Spades}, and Mizrachi checked again. Le bet 500,000, Mattingsley got out, and Mizrachi went into the tank for a good while before making the call with {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades}, which was good enough to best Le's {J-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}.

With just two days left of play before we reach the final table, Mizrachi will certainly be looking to keep the pressure on his opponents. It's safe to say his experience in big-money poker tournaments has to give him an edge over much of the remaining field, making him one of the favorites to make the November Nine.

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