Mizrachi Bags Lead After WPT Championship Day 2

Michael Mizrachi
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi.

In a field stacked with elite pros and previous WPT winners, Michael ‘The Grinder” Mizrachi has surged to the early lead after Day 2 of the $25k WPT Championship at Bellagio.

Mizrachi, himself a WPT champ and one of the winningest poker players for all time, was down to just 10,000 in chips at one point yesterday before pushing Isaac Baron off a hand with 2 4 to move back above the 150k chip mark.

He parlayed those chips into a slow and steady climb on Day 2 today to finish the day at 428,200 – securely in the chip lead and about 50k above second place Rinat Bogdanov.

Rounding out the top five entering Day 3 tomorrow are Frenchman Guillaume Darcourt (356,600), Hong Kong-based high-roller specialist David Steicke (345,500) and online heads-up icon Isaac Haxton (313,500).

Steve O’Dwyer, an Amercian pro who has made a big name for himself in Europe post-Black Friday, sits just off the lead pack in seventh with 301,900.

95 Remain, Registration Still Open

Marvin Rettenmaier
Rettenmaier: Party favorite.

In a bit of an unusual move for the WPT Championship, egistration is actually still open until the middle of Day 3 tomorrow so final numbers and payouts are still to be determined.

As of right now, 95 players remain from 135 original registrants. And as expected, the field is bursting with pros and past WPT winners.

Previous WPT champs of note still in the field include John Hennigan, David Chiu, Nick Schulman, Matt Waxman, Scott Seiver, David Williams and Jake Cody.

Also still in the tournament with a decent shot at a payday are Brian Hastings, Sam Trickett, newly named Party Poker pro Marvin Rettenmaier, John Juanda and Vanessa Rousso.

Big-name bustouts on the first two days have included Sam Stein, Tony Dunst, Vanessa Selbst, Daniel Negreanu, David Benyamine, Isaac Baron, Phil Laak and Erik Seidel.

Catch up with all the action with the WPT live update team starting at noon tomorrow from the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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