Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-Handed)
Event #62: $50,000 Poker Players Championship (6-Handed)
Day 2 Completed

Michael Mizrachi Ready to Challenge for Third PPC Title After Bagging Big

mnuwwarah • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi built his poker legend largely on the back of two victories in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. That record was tied last year when Brian Rast claimed his second title, but could "The Grinder" one up Rast again and claim an unprecedented third Chip Reese Trophy?

It's still far too early to speculate too heavily on such a possibility, but Mizrachi has at least gotten the ball rolling in that direction after a strong second day here at the 2017 PPC. Mizrachi finished the day with 1,087,000, leaving him in third place out of 44 remaining players.

The only players finishing above Mizrachi were Aaron Katz (1,642,000) and Talal Shakerchi (1,480,500).

The Grinder experienced an early slide, losing more than half of the chips he came in with. He sat with a below-average stack for much of the day, but the last couple of levels were good to him, as he utilized his unpredictable no-limit style to chip up in some of the big-bet rounds.

In addition to those big stacks already listed, some players living to see Day 3 included another former champ, Matthew Ashton, as well as Shaun Deeb, Jason Mercier, Mike Matusow, Phil Galfond, Daniel Negreanu and Mike Sexton.

Negreanu put together a wild charge during the final two levels of the night after being down to about 40,000. Much to the delight of a crowd of railbirds cheering him on, the Canadian superstar doubled up and then tripled up in pot-limit Omaha.

That still only left him with 170,000, about 10 big bets, but he turned that into 500,000 in under an hour after doubling up with a set in no-limit hold'em against Harry Madoff's overpair. Negreanu finished with 678,000.

Madoff was among those failing to see bagging time. Others eliminated on Day 2 included Dzmitry Urbanovich, Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, Mike Gorodinsky, Rast and Gus Hansen.

The remaining players return at 2 p.m. Tuesday for Day 3 with limits of 12,000/24,000 on limit games and blinds of 3,000/6,000 in big-bet games. Tune in to PokerNews for further coverage at that time.

Tags: Daniel NegreanuMichael Mizrachi

Day 3 Table and Seat Draw

123md • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
RoomTableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Amazon171Joseph CoudenUnited States515,000
Amazon172Aaron KatzUnited States1,642,000
Amazon173David OppenheimUnited States232,500
Amazon174Mike SextonUnited States287,000
Amazon175Johannes BeckerGermany293,000
Amazon176David BachUnited States735,000
Amazon181Scott SeiverUnited States369,500
Amazon182Alex KostritsynRussia284,000
Amazon183Robert MizrachiUnited States397,500
Amazon184Tommy HangUnited States580,000
Amazon185David SteickeHong Kong656,500
Amazon186Ivo DonevAustria460,000
Amazon191Brett RicheyUnited States683,500
Amazon192Phil HuiUnited States537,000
Amazon193Mike MatusowUnited States673,500
Amazon194Phil GalfondUnited States719,500
Amazon195Marco JohnsonUnited States281,000
Amazon196Isaac HaxtonUnited States730,000
Amazon201Jason MercierUnited States592,000
Amazon202Michael MizrachiUnited States1,087,000
Amazon203Josh AriehUnited States592,000
Amazon204Matthew AshtonUnited Kingdom910,500
Amazon205Daniel AlaeiUnited States373,500
Amazon206Mark GregorichUnited States382,500
Amazon211Ian JohnsUnited States339,000
Amazon212Felipe RamosBrazil263,500
Amazon213Mike WattelUnited States473,000
Amazon214Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom232,000
Amazon216Ralph PerryUnited States560,000
Amazon221Justin BonomoUnited States127,000
Amazon222Jake AbdallaUnited States731,500
Amazon223James ObstAustralia649,500
Amazon224Elior SionUnited Kingdom1,033,500
Amazon225Anthony ZinnoUnited States863,500
Amazon232Bryn KenneyUnited States171,000
Amazon233Eugene KatchalovUkraine94,500
Amazon234Cary KatzUnited States446,000
Amazon235Shaun DeebUnited States541,000
Amazon236David "ODB" BakerUnited States121,500
Amazon241Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom1,480,500
Amazon243Daniel NegreanuCanada678,000
Amazon244Andrey ZaichenkoRussia962,000
Amazon245Gary BensonAustralia882,000
Amazon246Paul VolpeUnited States292,000

Chip Counts at the End of Day 2 (full)

Jan_Kores • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

Eric Wasserson busted just before the end of the day.

Aaron Katz us
Aaron Katz
us 1,642,000 142,000
Talal Shakerchi gb
Talal Shakerchi
gb 1,480,500 130,500
Michael Mizrachi us
Michael Mizrachi
us 1,087,000 137,000
Elior Sion gb
Elior Sion
gb 1,033,500 108,500
Andrey Zaichenko ru
Andrey Zaichenko
ru 962,000 122,000
Matthew Ashton gb
Matthew Ashton
gb 910,500 30,500
Gary Benson au
Gary Benson
au 882,000 133,500
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
us 863,500 273,500
David Bach us
David Bach
us 735,000 315,000
Jake Abdalla us
Jake Abdalla
us 731,500 -78,500
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 730,000 311,000
Phil Galfond us
Phil Galfond
us 719,500 199,500
Brett Richey us
Brett Richey
us 683,500 23,500
Daniel Negreanu ca
Daniel Negreanu
ca 678,000 158,000
Mike Matusow us
Mike Matusow
us 673,500 73,500
David Steicke au
David Steicke
au 656,500 229,000
James Obst au
James Obst
au 649,500 114,500
Josh Arieh us
Josh Arieh
us 592,000 72,000
Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 592,000 -8,000
Tommy Hang us
Tommy Hang
us 580,000 80,000
Ralph Perry us
Ralph Perry
us 560,000 -65,000
Shaun Deeb us
Shaun Deeb
us 541,000 -97,000
Phil Hui us
Phil Hui
us 537,500 387,500
Joseph Couden us
Joseph Couden
us 515,000 -10,000
Mike Wattel us
Mike Wattel
us 473,000 233,000

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Last Four Hands for Today

Jan_Kores • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

The clock has been paused and four more hands will be played on each table before the bagging.

Obst Wakes Up with a Cold-Four

Jan_Kores • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante

No-Limit Hold'em

Mixed-games wizard James Obst just proved he has some sharp elbows in no-limit hold'em, as well.

Obst was in the big blind, watching Aaron Katz open to 12,000 from the cutoff. Bryn Kenney three-bet to 31,500 and small blind Eugene Katchalov got out of the way, leaving the action to Obst.

Obst reached out to his stack and fired out a cold four-bet of 78,000. Katz released his hand quickly and Kenney followed suit.

James Obst au
James Obst
au 535,000 49,500
Bryn Kenney us
Bryn Kenney
us 218,000 -137,000

Tags: Aaron KatzBryn KenneyJames Obst

Haxton Not Scared of Bonomo's Board

mnuwwarah • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Isaac Haxton
Isaac Haxton


Justin Bonomo picked up two and then three to a wheel on the first two cards and bet fourth, fifth and sixth against Isaac Haxton, who had a much rougher board that included two paint cards.

Bonomo: {x-}{x-}/{4-}{a-}{5-}{k-}
Haxton: {x-}{x-}/{5-}{8-}{q-}{k-}

Haxton, however, went nowhere, taking his time to think before making the last couple of calls. On seventh, Bonomo checked and called a bet from Haxton. Haxton tabled {a-}{6-}{3-} for an eight-six, and Bonomo couldn't beat it.

At another table, Ryan Miller lost his remaining chips.

Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 419,000 -51,000
Justin Bonomo us
Justin Bonomo
us 197,000 -63,000
Ryan Miller us
Ryan Miller
us Busted

Tags: Isaac HaxtonJustin BonomoRyan Miller

Mercier Surprises Sexton

KaleGozer • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Jason Mercier
Jason Mercier

Stud Hi-Lo

Mercier: {X-}{X-} / {5-Clubs}{A-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{10-Spades} / {X-}
Sexton: {X-}{X-} / {8-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{2-Spades}{3-Spades} / {X-}

On fourth street, Jason Mercier bet with ace-five showing, and Mike Sexton called. Mercier checked fifth street to Sexton, who bet. Mercier called and also check-called on sixth street.

Mercier bet out on seventh street and Sexton called. Much to everyone's surprise, Mercier flipped up {Q-Clubs}{J-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for a Broadway straight. Sexton showed {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{6-Hearts} for trip eights, which was second best, and had to surrender the pot to Mercier.

"Starts with ace-five, comes up with Broadway," chuckled Mike Matusow.

Jason Mercier us
Jason Mercier
us 600,000 35,000
Mike Sexton us
Mike Sexton
us 290,000 -75,000

Tags: Jason MercierMike Sexton

Aaron Katz Hits a Wheel on the Last Draw

Jan_Kores • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Aaron Katz
Aaron Katz

2-7 Triple Draw

Eugene Katchalov, Aaron Katz, and Johannes Becker were involved in a big pot, paying three bets apiece after the second draw.

Becker stood pat while Katz and Katchalov both discarded one.

Becker led out and Katz raised. Katchalov folded and Becker quickly threw in the calling chip.

Unfortunately for him, Katz showed {7-}{5-}{4-}{3-}{2-} for a wheel, getting there on the last draw. Becker flipped what looked to be a seventy-six.

Katz, who was second in chips after Day 1, is now holding the biggest stack with less than 30 minutes left to play on Day 2.

Aaron Katz us
Aaron Katz
us 1,500,000 450,000
Johannes Becker de
Johannes Becker
de 325,000 -118,000
Eugene Katchalov ua
Eugene Katchalov
ua 120,000 -98,000

Tags: Aaron KatzEugene KatchalovJohannes Becker

Madoff Bows Out

KaleGozer • Level 12: 10,000-20,000, 0 ante
Harry Madoff
Harry Madoff


Madoff: {X-}{X-} / {7-}{2-}{2-}{10-} / {X-}
Perry: {X-}{X-} / {9-}{6-}{8-}{J-} / {X-}
Haxton: {X-}{X-} / {5-}{A-}{10-}{7-} / {X-}

Harry Madoff was all in for his last remaining chips and got looked up by Ralph Perry and Isaac Haxton. On seventh street, Perry checked and Haxton spent a while before checking behind.

Perry revealed {7-}{5-}{3-} for an eight-seven, Haxton also had {7-}{5-}{3-}, which gave him a ten-seven. Madoff couldn't muster up more than {K-}{Q-}{9-} and was eliminated.

Ralph Perry us
Ralph Perry
us 625,000 -45,000
Harry Madoff US
Harry Madoff
US Busted

Tags: Harry MadoffIsaac HaxtonRalph Perry