Grind On - Mizrachi On Fire: WSOP 2010

Michael Mizrachi
Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi in hunt for Player of the Year.

The 2010 WSOP has opened in stunning style for Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi.

His photo is already sitting in the spot where the $50k Players Championship bracelet once sat, right in the center of the enormous WSOP bracelet display in the Pavilion Room.

The winner of the Players Championship gets the center spot in the display, and it's a fitting spot for Mizrachi, who's at the center of the poker universe right now.

With the Players Championship bracelet and Chip Reese Trophy already in the bag for the 2010 WSOP, Mizrachi is at it again in the $10k Seven-Card Stud Championship.

After staying near the top of the chip leaderboard throughout the day Friday, Mizrachi will enter the final 12 Saturday third in chips.

There's no question that Mizrachi, who says he's more focused than ever, is on a roll.

"I just took such a long break that I felt like I was prepared for the World Series," Mizrachi said.

"I only played a few tournaments over the year and I just prepared for this month and a half. I'm just focused all on tournaments and I feel like I have a good shot."

Mizrachi's dominance over all games was on display during the Players Championship, but the Grinder thinks his chances are even better in Stud.

"This is my best game, Seven-Card Stud," Mizrachi said.

"I play all the time. Even online, I finished first and 10th last year in both SCOOP events. And it helps you out, definitely."

Mizrachi is obviously no stranger to top level competition,  whether it be at the WSOP, on the WPT or on High Stakes Poker.

Nonetheless, his dominance over the smaller, star-studded fields this year has been remarkable.

"I just prefer deep stack poker because I feel like there's a lot more skill in it," Mizrachi said. "You can afford to lose a few hands."

"With small stacks if you lose a hand you're out. I do well in the short stacks, but I just prefer to play the bigger-stacked events."

Mizrachi currently lies in pole position in the race to be crowned WSOP Player of the Year.

If he can make history by winning his second Championship event in the $10k Stud today, the Grinder will be transformed from a warm to a red-hot favorite for the title.

The 2010 WSOP continues through July 17. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas tune in to PokerListings' Live Updates and News.

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