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2010 November Nine: Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi is in a league of his own at the final table of the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
If Mizrachi wins the Main Event he will become the only player in WSOP history to win the prestigious $50k Players Championship and the Main Event in the same year.
Not only that but Mizrachi would become the all-time tournament earnings leader with over $17 million, passing stars Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu.
"It's an unbelievable achievement," he said. "It will probably never happen again in poker history. It's just an amazing feeling and I'm very excited."
Mizrachi, who enters the final table seventh in chips with 14 million, is easily the most well-known poker pro in the November Nine.
Born in Miami, Florida, Mizrachi grew up in a large family with three brothers.
Mizrachi originally wanted to be a doctor but he dropped out to pursue his dreams of playing poker and began playing professionally in 2004.
Primarily a cash game player in the beginning, Mizrachi eventually figured out tournaments by watching other people play and strategizing his own game.
His big break came in 2005 when he made his first WPT final table in Tunica. He eventually finished fifth, but just one month later he found redemption by winning the WPT LAPC for $1.8 million.
Mizrachi went on to have an incredible 2006 where he cashed 23 times, made three WPT final tables, won one of them, finished sixth at WSOPC Grand Tunica and cashed twice at the WSOP. He was named Player of the Year by Card Player Magazine.
Mizrachi's consistent results even earned him a nickname - The Grinder.
Since then Mizrachi has cooled off a bit, but was still occasionally in the news thanks to several big cashes at the WSOP and his older brother Robert winning the $10k WSOP PLO event in 2007.
"People are like, 'What happened to The Grinder?' but I haven't played that many events the last couple years," explained Mizrachi. "You get burned out. Poker is very streaky. You never know when it's your time and you do great when you least expect it."
It's been a remarkable summer for Mizrachi, who had yet to win a single WSOP bracelet before it began.
"Just to make the November Nine is amazing so wherever I go from here on is a bonus," he said "If I win it great, if I don't I'll be just as happy."
If all the aforementioned accolades weren't enough, Mizrachi will also tie for POY with Frank Kassela if he wins the WSOP Main Event.
Mizrachi played down the importance of him winning POY.
"Frank Kassela definitely deserves (POY)," he said. "I mean he did a great job with two bracelets, finished third in the $2,500, cashed in the main event. That's a beastly record. If I win this I'd be glad to share the title and if he wants I'll give him the title."
Mizrachi seemed to be more interested in grabbing first place on the all-time tournament winnings leaderboard.
"If I win it, good luck catching up with me," he said. "I still got a lot of poker left in me."
When all is done and said, Mizrachi may close out the 2010 WSOP in November the exact same way he opened it back in May - by winning it all.
The 2010 WSOP Main Event final table begins Nov. 6, with a winner crowned on Nov. 8.