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The Bernard Lee Poker Show 11-21: 4-Time WSOP Champ Michael Mizrachi


In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the PokerNews Podcast Network, Bernard Lee interviews the four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, who won the $50,000 Poker Players Championship an unprecedented three times, Michael Mizrachi.

Michael, nicknamed “The Grinder,” discusses his latest Poker Players Championship victory in last summer’s WSOP. Additionally, Michael discusses his unusual winning streaks that often occur in even years, but still wanting to have a great 2019.

Show Time Stamps

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest will be 4-time WSOP bracelet winner, including winning the $50,000 Poker Players Championship an unprecedented three times, Michael Mizrachi.
0:18Mike Shin captures the MSPT Majestic Star over Pokernews’ own Mo Nuwwarah, taking home $68,593.
1:20Kyle Cartwright wins his eighth career WSOP circuit ring, capturing the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Tunica, Mississippi for $198,451.
3:00WPT Borgata Winter Open Main Event began this week. Prior to the start of the Main Event, recent guest Phil Hellmuth won the 2019 Borgata Winter Open Heads-Up title for $37,248.
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6:02Bernard welcomes Michael Mizrachi to the show.
7:11Michael joins the show, describing how he has great success during even number years.
8:56Michael explains that the $50,000 Poker Players Championship “is a really tough field, very challenging…You can’t make any mistakes.”
10:13Michael recalled that he almost didn’t play any bracelet events this summer at the WSOP. “I can’t believe it. I didn’t think I was going to play actually any events at the World Series (of Poker).”
10:36Michael describes how the tournament went overall. “Day 1 was okay, then after Day 2, I was chip leader every day, so that’s pretty hard to do as well. It was just my tournament. I feel like no one could have stopped me. I was running well.”
11:26Michael accidentally spilled coffee on the table, delaying the tournament which ended up changing his mojo. “It caused a seven-minute delay…and after the coffee spill, I became the chip leader at the end of the day.”
13:05Michael doesn’t play as many tournaments currently, preferring to spend time with his family. “I actually haven’t played that many tournaments. I been playing mostly cash. I’ve always been a cash game player since I was 15 years old…It’s hard to play as much as I’d like to, but my preference is I’d rather be with them (his family) than playing poker and travelling the world.”
14:00This past summer, Michael played around 23 events, but he came into the WSOP a little late. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to play any events or not…But when you go on a little heater, then let’s go for it all once I won the $50k.”
15:31Michael debates possible Player of The Year Run with such a solid run this past summer.
18:04Michael discusses strategy to play in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship from start to finish, including when to play big bet games versus limit games.
22:02Michael reveals he enjoys the draw games in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and also discusses different games such as “Archie”.
25:24Bernard recalls covering the 2011 WSOP Main Event final table bubble and Michael came over to his rail to discuss the hand you folded. Also, Bernard reveals that Michael is very confident that he will win every flip. “You have to have that positive energy,” stated Michael.
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28:49Bernard continues his interview with the four-time WSOP champ.
30:27Michael discloses that he didn’t mind the November Nine, but he would be fine playing without a break. Michael felt the November Nine allowed the players to maximize their value for making the WSOP Main Event final table.
33:21Michael discusses his brother, Robert, who also has four WSOP bracelets. “There is no competition. We just root for each other.”
37:00Michael reveals which game in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, his opponents are generally weakest at. “Limit hold’em as not many people play it.”
38:38Michael says that stud games are among his favorite games.
43:30Michael talks possible future induction into the Poker Hall of Fame. “It would be an amazing accomplishment.”
44:35Michael talks about his kids: Paul 13, Julie 12, Joseph 10 and asked if his kids understood what he does. “They watch me on TV; they get really excited.”
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You can follow Michael Mizrachi on Twitter @TheGrinder44.

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