Michael Mizrachi Wins His Fifth Bracelet!

Michael Mizrachi Wins His Fifth Bracelet!

"Grinder! Grinder! Grinder!"

Not for the first time, the chants of Michael Mizrachi's rail echoed around the Amazon room. They came from Event #27: $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as he captured bracelet number five, becoming the most successful bracelet-winner of the decade.

Mizrachi topped a field of 460 and defeated Robert Gray heads-up to secure the title, nine years after his first back in 2010.

Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Table Payout

1Michael MizrachiUnited States$142,801
2Robert GrayUnited States$88,254
3Michael SopkoUnited States$60,330
4Elias HouraniUnited States$42,014
5Jan SteinUnited States$29,818
6Jose Paz-GutierrezBolivia$21,575
Michael Mizrachi

"It's an amazing accomplishment," Mizrachi told PokerNews shortly after his victory, "But I'm going to give it all to these beads."

He gestured to some beads hanging around his neck.

"I didn't have them on for the whole World Series so far. So I said I'd look for them, and I found them. I had them on last Series and of course, I did great, so in this tournament, I had them on from the start and I ended up winning so I can't take them off!

"It was a tough table but I think the experience helped me out a little bit from, you know, a lot of tournament experience. I feel like I had a pretty good edge on the players in certain spots where they probably wouldn't play hands. I played those hands where I know they're going to fold and that way I can win a lot of antes and bring-ins."

Mizrachi praised his friends and family that were on his rail for most of his final table.

"I couldn't do it without them. You have to have fun when you play poker so you always have to have a good time. Especially at a final table where you know you're going to get a big payout and you have a chance for the gold bracelet."

Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Final Day Recap

Jan Stein crept into the final day as the short stack, but chipped up through Jose Paz-Gutierrez early on to leave his opponent short, and the Bolivian would become the first elimination of the day at the hands of Michael Sopko. Sopko made aces up on sixth street, and Paz-Gutierrez needed a low card to chop but could only muster up an inferior two pair to bust in sixth.

He was soon followed out the door by Stein, who ran into the full house of Robert Gray to bust in fifth. This moved Gray into the chip lead and he would extend it after making a flush against Elias Hourani.

Left with just over two big bets, Hourani could have folded but battled back as start-of-day chip leader Michael Mizrachi headed in the other direction. Sopko moved into the lead, but not for long as Gray came back to lead at the first break.

Final Table Set Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Three-Handed Play

Hourani was eliminated shortly after the resumption of play, and so began an extended period of three-handed action. Gray held the lead before Mizrachi, with Sopko following closely behind. But with the limits at 50,000/100,000, all it took was a couple of pots or a scoop or two to make a dent in a player’s stack.

Sopko, at one point, was scooped twice and was almost all in against Mizrachi only for the Grinder to fold seventh street to allow his opponent to survive. Mizrachi then moved into a commanding chip lead with over half the chips in play but less than half an hour later, the trio was almost even again.

Eventually, Sopko moved back to the bottom of the counts, and although he doubled through Mizrachi and Gray, he failed to make any concerted inroads into the two chip leaders and was eliminated in third place

Michael Sopko
Michael Sopko eliminated in third place

Heads-Up for the Bracelet

Heads-up was a fascinating affair with Mizrachi starting as a small chip leader. The stacks evened out but back came Mizrachi to open up a 2:1 lead. Both players were buoyed by boisterous rails, and once Mizrachi got his opponent below a million in chips, you felt it was a matter of when, not if, Mizrachi got his hands on the bracelet.

And although Gray doubled twice, it wasn't enough as Mizrachi held on for bracelet number five.

Champion Michael Mizrachi
Champion Michael Mizrachi

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Based in the United Kingdom, Will started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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