The first five-day event of the World Series of Poker created one of the toughest fields in WSOP history.
116 players paid $50,000 to compete in the eight-game mix appropriately dubbed the “Players’ Championship.”
Here are the results:
Event 2: Poker Players’ Championship, eight-game mix
Prize pool: $5,568,000
Players in the money: 16
1. Michael Mizrachi ($1,559,046)
2. Vladimir Schmelev ($963,375)
3. David Oppenheim ($603,348)
4. John Juanda ($436,865)
5. Robert Mizrachi ($341,429)
6. David Baker ($272,275)
7. Daniel Alaei ($221,105)
8. Mikael Thuritz ($182,463)
9. Nick Schulman ($152,739)
10. Alexander Kostritsyn ($152,739)
11. Abe Mosseri ($129,957)
12. Lyle Berman ($129,957)
13. Brett Richey ($113,030)
14. Allen Bari ($113,030)
15. Ilya Bulychev ($98,330)
16. Andy Bloch ($($98,330)
It was a family affair at the final table of the biggest buy-in event of the 2010 World Series of Poker. Brothers
Michael and Robert Mizrachi, who both have had tremendous success in their poker careers, were sitting across from each other at the final table with $1.5 million on the line for first place.
Opposing them was a final table full of talent, experience and determination.
Michael Mizrachi was the chip leader after Day 3, entered the final table fifth, then had one roller-coaster of a ride through the 12-hour final table.
But in the end, the 29-year-old pro claimed the title of “Poker Players’ Champion,” the Chip Reese Memorial trophy and the $1.559,046 that goes with it.
This was Mizrachi’s 20th WSOP cash.
Mizrachi saw Mikael Thuritz and Daniel Alaei get eliminated before personally eliminating 23-year-old phenom David Baker and his brother Robert.
At the time of his brother’s elimination, Michael was still a shorter stack, trailing David Oppenheim, who began the final table as the short stack. Oppenheim had more than 50 percent of the chips in play at one point, but was eventually eliminated in third when he lost a race holding 8-8 to Michael’s K-Q.
‘the Grinder” and Schmelev went heads up for 82 hands. During that time, Mizrachi ran incredibly well, hitting the cards he needed when he was dominated in multiple situations.
“It really helps when you have friends and family that supported me like they did today.’they helped me strategically too, chanting for me. I’m sure the other players got tired of it. It was my home-field advantage.” His family cheered him on through the proceedings.
The victory removes Mizrachi from the “Best Without A Bracelet” list and makes poker history, as the Mizrachi brothers are now the second pair of brothers to own WSOP bracelets (Blair and Grant Hinkle are the others).