On Monday, Robert Mizrachi, the oldest of the Mizrachi brothers, captured his fourth World Series of Poker gold bracelet. It was the third year in a row Mizrachi has won a bracelet, with his other one coming back in 2007.
"This one is very exciting," Mizrachi said of his fourth gold bracelet win after the job was done. "It's a real prestigious game, and it's been played a long time. It's just fun to win such a prestigious tournament. Especially playing with the best players at such a high level."
The event drew a small field of 87 entries, but it was an elite one to battle through. Players such as Jeff Lisandro, Stephen Chidwick, Calvin Anderson, David Benyamine, Ted Forrest, and George Danzer all ran deep, and Mizrachi had to battle with Matt Grapenthien, a former winner of this event in 2014, in heads-up play. When Grapenthien won the event two years ago, he defeated Mizrachi's good friend Todd Brunson in heads-up play, which might've just gave Mizrachi that extra motivation to push towards a victory.
"That's one of the reasons why I really fought hard to beat him," Mizrachi said. "Todd is a good friend of mine. He's a great player, the kid Matt. I just had to stay focused and play my game, and it just went from there."
The other three bracelets on Mizrachi's résumé came from last year's $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low event, 2014's $1,500 Dealer's Choice event, and 2007's $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha. When asked when we would see him win a hold'em bracelet, Mizrachi wasn't so sure it would ever happen.
"Well, I don't know if I'm going to be playing many hold'em events, so if I win a hold'em bracelet it's a good sign because it'll be the Main Event, most likely," he said.
Joining him in the winner's circle was one person in particular that Mizrachi has a special bond with, mis brother Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi. After he saw his older brother win, Michael joked that he tried winning his fourth bracelet before Robert ddi in the Colossus II, but fell short. Robert seemed sure his brother's fourth bracelet is coming though, and in one of the biggest events of the summer.
"It's fun," Mizrachi started about the sibling rivalry with his brother Michael. "But the 50K is coming up, so I'm assuming he'll win another bracelet there."
Michael Mizrachi has already won the $50,000 Poker Players' Championship twice.
"Besides the Main Event, the 50K I think is the most prestigious event," Mizrachi later added. "We have two in our family, so probably the Main Event [is the most prestigious] because we already have two [50K wins] in our family. I think that would be it. It's a lot more money and your picture goes on the wall for the next 100 years, maybe more."
Additionally, Mizrachi earned some extra success for his team in the 25K Fantasy league. He mentioned being a good friend of Todd Brunson before, and Mizrachi is also on Team Brunson in the league. As a part of the team, he told PokerNews it feels like a double whammy to score the win and also help out the team.
"It feels good," Mizrachi said of being able to win one for his 25K Fantasy team. "It's always good, and I gotta help out the team. We have a great team and I think we're going to have a great year."