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Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
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Highlights

Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Day 4 Completed

Mizrachi Leads $50,000 Poker Players Championship's Final Six, Eyes Third Title

MrCleverFox • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

It took roughly three levels for the field in Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Champion to be cut from 12 to the official final table of six players. Currently leading the pack is Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi who bagged up a total of 8,865,000 chips at the end of play on Monday, 18 June.

Mizrachi tore through the field and didn't seem like he could lose a hand. He even eliminated the only other multiple Poker Players Championship Winner Brian Rast on his way to the top of the counts.

Dan Smith, the sole player without a bracelet at the final table, bagged up the second largest stack of the day with 4,485,000 in chips.

When play resumes on Day 5, the button will be on Aaron Katz, and there will be four more hands of No-Limit Hold'em.

SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig BlindsBig Bets
1Dan SmithUnited States4,485,00011228
2Aaron KatzUnited States2,600,0006516.5
3Michael MizrachiUnited States8,865,00022255.5
4Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom2,210,0005514
5Mike LeahCanada1,220,000317.5
6John HenniganUnited States2,400,0006015

Day 4 Action

The penultimate day of one of the most prestigious events of the summer, started with 12 players remaining. The first to fall from the field was Jean-Robert Bellande who got it in with pocket sevens against the pocket queens of Aaron Katz. Bellande couldn't catch up and he was sent to the rail in 12th place to collect $88,627.

Chris Vitch was the next to go. He dropped several pots in a row and eventually succumbed to Phil Ivey in a razz hand. Vitch made a queen low after a poor runout while Ivey locked up the pot with his nine low. For his 11th pace finish, Vitch also locked up $88,627.

Shaun Deeb was the next to fall in the following level of play. Deeb ended up getting short after a hand of limit hold'em in which Rast flopped trips and rivered a full house. Just a bit later, a short stacked Deeb got it all in in 2-7 Triple Draw against Mike Leah. Leah pulled a nine-low and on his last draw, Deeb pulled paint to be sent to the rail. For his 10th place finish, Deeb earned $111,447.

Phil Ivey would follow Deeb out the door, though this would be some time later. Ivey was up and down for most of the day, but after a series of losses, he found himself short. Ivey eventually took a stand in 2-7 Triple Draw against Greg Mueller, and Ivey ended up making a ninety-eight low, but Mueller ended up making a seventy-six to send Ivey to the rail. Ivey collected $111,447 for 9th place.

Brian Rast bowed out next. He lost a big portion of his chips to Mizrachi in a monstrous limit hold'em hand where Mizrachi turned the nuts and got multiple streets of value, and just a few hands later Mizrachi finished Rast off in a hand of 2-7 Triple Draw. Mizrachi made a ninety-seven low, and Rast was live with several outs but picked up paint on the river to be sent out. For his run, Rast took home $144,049.

Players combined for the final table after Rast's elimination but continued to play until at least one more player fell. That unfortunate player was Greg Mueller, who was eliminated by Mizrachi as well. In the hand, Mueller turned a set of jacks while Mizrachi picked up an open-ended straight draw. The river brought in Mizrachi's straight and he put Mueller to the test. Eventually, Mueller called and Mizrachi showed him the second nuts. That would conclude the action for the day as players bagged up for the end of the night.

Rounding out the final table are the likes of Mike Leah (1,220,000), Benny Glaser (2,210,000), Aaron Katz (2,600,000), and John Hennigan (2,400,000) who is also looking to lock up his second Poker Players Championship title.

Action will resume at 2 p.m. tomorrow with just over three minutes left in level 21. Players will continue playing No-Limit Hold'em for four more hands with the button kicking off on Katz. The plan is to play down to a winner with the entirety of the action live streamed.

PokerNews will continue to provide coverage of the event and we'll be here until a winner is crowned. Make sure to stay tuned in to see if "The Grinder" can lock up an astonishing third Poker Players Championship, or if a new winner will be crowned.

Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 8,865,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 4,485,000
Aaron Katz us
Aaron Katz
us 2,600,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 2,400,000
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
gb 2,210,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 1,220,000

Tags: Aaron KatzBenny GlaserDan SmithJohn HenniganMichael MizrachiMike Leah

End-of-Day 4 Chip Counts and Seating Draw (full)

tRaMSt0p • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante
SeatPlayerCountryChipsBig BlindsBig Bets
1Dan SmithUnited States4,485,00011228
2Aaron KatzUnited States2,600,0006516.5
3Michael MizrachiUnited States8,865,00022255.5
4Benny GlaserUnited Kingdom2,210,0005514
5Mike LeahCanada1,220,000317.5
6John HenniganUnited States2,400,0006015

When play resumes on Day 5, the button will be on Aaron Katz, and there will be four more hands of No-Limit Hold'em.

Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 8,865,000 965,000
Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 4,485,000 -215,000
Aaron Katz us
Aaron Katz
us 2,600,000 -100,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 2,400,000 400,000
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
gb 2,210,000 10,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 1,220,000 20,000

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Greg Mueller Eliminated in 7th Place ($144,049)

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante
Greg Mueller
Greg Mueller

No-Limit Hold'em

Greg Mueller opened for 125,000 under the gun and Michael Mizrachi defended big blind. They both checked the flop of {4-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{q-Hearts}. Mizrachi checked and called 155,000 on the {j-Clubs} turn. On the {k-Diamonds} river, Mizrachi tossed in 600,000, enough to set Mueller in.

"Ah, my God," Mueller sighed, leaning back in his seat. "I guess I'm out of the tournament."

Mizrachi only raised an eyebrow in response.

Moments later, Mueller verbalized a call and Mizrachi showed {10-Clubs}{9-Spades} for a backdoor straight. Mueller mucked his {j-Spades}{j-Hearts} face up, having turned a set.

Greg Mueller ca
Greg Mueller
ca Busted

Tags: Greg MuellerMichael Mizrachi

Smith Collects

MrCleverFox • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

Benny Glaser raised from the cutoff and was called by John Hennigan in the small blind. Dan Smith then made it three bets from the big blind. Glaser and Hennigan both called.

Hennigan took two cards while Smith stood pat. Glaser then took three. Action checked to Smith who bet and both opponents called.

On the second draw, Hennigan took two, Smith stood pat and Glaser took two. Action checked to Smith who bet again and this time only Glaser called.

Smith stood pat on the final draw while Glaser took one.

"Still pat?" Glaser asked with a smile. Smith confirmed.

Both players checked on the final draw and Smith showed his {8-}{7-}{6-}{3-}{2-} and it was good enough to earn him the pot.

Dan Smith us
Dan Smith
us 4,700,000 800,000
Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
gb 2,200,000 -500,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 2,000,000 -300,000

Tags: Dan SmithBenny GlaserJohn Hennigan

WSOP All Time Poker Players Championship Results by Player

tRaMSt0p • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante

The Poker Players Championship is one of the most prestigious events around the world, and some of the best players have made their mark in this event.

Michael Mizrachi and Brian Rast are the only two players to have won this event twice, and consequently they sit first and second on the all time list for Poker Players Championship earnings. Freddy Deeb sits third on the back of winning the Poker Players Championship with the biggest first prize.

The only two players in the top ten that haven't won a Poker Players Championship is Andy Bloch and John Hanson. Bloch took second back in 2005 to David "Chip" Reese while also adding a further three cashes and one final table. Hanson sits ninth overall on the back of two final tables and two cashes.

WSOP All Time Poker Players Championship Results by Player

RankPlayerCountryWinsFinal TablesCashesEarnings
1stMichael MizrachiUnited States233$3,391,515
2ndBrian RastUnited States222$3,016,425
3rdFreddy DeebLebanon112$2,360,462
4thJohn HenniganUnited States123$2,325,329
5thMatthew AshtonUnited Kingdom113$2,025,385
6thScotty NguyenUnited States111$1,989,120
7thAndy BlochUnited States--24$1,813,988
8thDavid "Chip" ReeseUnited States111$1,784,640
9thJohn HansonUnited States--22$1,641,679
10thMike GorodinskyUnited States113$1,519,715

Glaser Over Leah With Both Pat on Final Draw

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

Benny Glaser raised on the button and Mike Leah called in the small blind. Both players drew two and Leah check-called. Both drew one and Leah check-called. Both players patted and Leah check-called with a shrug.

Glaser opened {8-}{6-}{4-}{3-}{2-} and Leah showed his {8-}{7-}{5-}{3-}{2-} for an inferior eight.

Benny Glaser gb
Benny Glaser
gb 2,700,000 500,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 1,200,000 -600,000

Tags: Benny GlaserMike Leah

Even More For Leah

MrCleverFox • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante

2-7 Triple Draw

Aaron Katz opened from the hijack seat and Mike Leah called from the big blind.

Both players took one on the first draw and Leah checked. Katz put out a bet and Leah check-raised, making it two bets. Katz called.

Leah stood pat for the second draw while Katz took one. Leah then bet and Katz called.

Leah stood pat again on the final draw and Katz took one more. Leah then bet and Katz quickly mucked his hand, making a comment about not hitting his draw.

"You were drawing dead," Leah said flashing a seven-low behind him.

"Yeah buddy," Katz responded. "Everyone is drawing dead against you, you just run too good."

Aaron Katz us
Aaron Katz
us 2,700,000 -600,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 1,800,000 500,000

Tags: Mike LeahAaron Katz

Leah Claims a Wheel, Doubles Up Without Showdown

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante
Mike Leah
Mike Leah

2-7 Triple Draw

Mike Leah raised and Michael Mizrachi reraised in the small blind. Leah called and turned out to be ahead in the draw taking one against two. Mizrachi bet anyway and Leah raised. Mizrachi called and drew one, while Leah was pat. Mizrachi check-called and draws repeated. Mizrachi checked and folded to an all-in bet of 80,000.

"Drawing dead," Leah declared.

"He definitely wasn't drawing dead, I saw his hand," Aaron Katz said.

"He could chop."

Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 7,900,000 -700,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 1,300,000 640,000

Tags: Mike LeahMichael Mizrachi

Mizrachi Takes Even More From Hennigan

MrCleverFox • Level 21: 80,000-160,000, 0 ante

Stud Hi-Lo

Mike Leah completed with his {A-Clubs} and John Hennigan called with the {A-Diamonds}. Mizrachi made it two bets with the {Q-Diamonds} and Leah took his time before releasing his hand. Hennigan called and the two went heads-up.

Michael Mizrachi: {x-}{x-}/{Q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{Q-Clubs}
John Hennigan: {x-}{x-}/{A-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} — Folded on fifth

Mizrachi bet on fourth street after Hennigan checked and Hennigan called. On fifth street, Hennigan folded quickly before Mizrachi even got his bet out.

Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 8,600,000 800,000
John Hennigan us
John Hennigan
us 2,300,000 -500,000
Mike Leah ca
Mike Leah
ca 660,000 -110,000

Tags: John HenniganMichael Mizrachi