Michael Mizrachi Snags Second WSOP Bracelet in Cannes

Michael Mizrachi
Mizrachi overtakes John Juanda for the sixth spot on poker's all-time live tournament money list.

Michael “Grinder” Mizrachi came close this summer in Las Vegas but he’s finally got a second WSOP bracelet to go with his almost $12 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Overtaking John Juanda for sixth place on poker's all-time live tournament money list, Mizrachi outlasted a star-studded field of 125 to win the €10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Split Format event at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes.

Mizrachi’s latest conquest came in a brand new tournament structure for the WSOP, No-Limit Hold’em Split Format.

Play began on Day 1 nine-handed. On Day 2 the remaining players redrew to six-handed tables and played down to the final 16, at which point those names were fed into a computer which spat out a heads-up bracket that would be followed until a winner was decided.

Mizrachi defeated Kent Lundmark, Brian Hastings and Roger Hairabedian before facing off against top Canadian pro Shawn Buchanan in the final match.

For the victory Mizrachi earned €336,008 and his second WSOP gold bracelet.

“Any time’s a good time to win a poker tournament,” Mizrachi told PokerListings.com in Cannes.

“But the poker economy isn’t exactly what it used to be in the US right now with online poker and everything so I feel fortunate to be able to get this win.”

For someone who currently holds the seventh spot on the all-time live tournament money list, a €336,008 is far from the biggest score he’s seen. The bracelet, on the other hand, is worth far more.

“I had a second-place finish this summer at the WSOP and I was right there with a huge chip lead so coming back and getting that second bracelet means a lot to me,” he said.

Michael Mizrachi
Despite a long list of accomplishments, Grinder's career is just getting started.

Mizrachi now has two WSOP bracelets to go with his two WPT titles.

Mizrachi won the WPT’s LA Poker Classic back in 2005 when the fields were at their biggest, earning $1.85 million. The next year he won the WPT Borgata Poker Open for just under $1.2 million. In total he’s been at six WPT final tables.

He’s made 13 final tables on the WSOP including winning the $50k Players Championship in 2010 and finishing fifth in the Main Event the same year.

At just 30 the Grinder’s career has barely begun, even if he’s seen as a veteran in the poker world.

“I’ve been playing since I was 15 years old and I knew from the first day that things would go well,” he said.

“I’ve been a winner since day one and you have your ups and downs but I feel like I’ve seen it all in poker, high in the sky and rock bottom.

“I actually enjoy the swings a bit and even though I hope I can avoid them, I like the action.”

“I haven’t gambled in a long, long time, and no sports for me anymore, so all I can do is keep at it and hope things go well for me,” said Mizrachi.

Married with three kids, Michael Mizrachi lives in Florida, roughly 60 kilometers from Event 4 winner Tristan Wade’s home town of Boynton Beach.

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