Main Event Begins, Mizrachi Wins on WSOPE Day 9

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi wins his second WSOP bracelet as Day 1A of the main event begins.

The action was breakneck on Day 9 of the 2011 WSOPE as Day 1A of the main event attracted record numbers and both Michael Mizrachi and Philippe Boucher won bracelets.

We’ve got the details on everything that happened today at the Hotel Majestic Barriere in Cannes at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe.

Big Numbers, Bigger Names Highlight Main Event Day 1A

Expectations for the turnout at this year’s WSOPE main event were high and it looks like that optimism was justified with 310 buying into the first of two Day 1 heats.

To put that number in perspective, the biggest WSOPE main event to date was in 2008 and it only drew 362.

And the Day 1A field wasn’t just big, it was packed with some of the biggest names in the business.

Poker stars don't get much bigger than Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan and Tom “durrrr” Dwan.

Leading the 173 players who survived the day is American pro Jamie Rosen. He bagged 162,700 by day's end.

Also among the big stacks to advance to Day 2 is the aforementioned Chan, Carlos Mortensen, Emil Patel, Chris Moorman, Hoyt Corkins, Sean Getzwiller, Jon Turner, Ryan D’Angelo and Arnaud Mattern.

Already out of this year’s Main Event are Jason Mercier, Tom Dwan, November Niner Anton Makievskyi, Joe Cheong and Justin Bonomo.

Tomorrow will see another batch of players pony up their €10k buy-ins and set a new attendance record for the WSOPE main event.

Click here for’s full live coverage from Day 1A of the 2011 WSOP Europe main event.

Michael “Grinder” Mizrachi Wins €10k Split Format Event

Michael Mizrachi, one of the most recognizable faces in poker, now has a second WSOP bracelet to go with his $50k Players Championship victory from 2010.

Winning the first ever Split Format WSOP tournament, Mizrachi earned €336,008 for outlasting the 125 players who contended this title.

Defeating WPT winner Shawn Buchanan in the final heads-up match, Mizrachi increases his lifetime tournament earnings to roughly $12 million.

Day 1A
310 players crammed into the Hotel Majestic today for Day 1A of the 2011 WSOPE main event.

Also cashing in this event were Brian Hastings, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Jason Mercier, recent WPT Paris winner Matt Waxman and all-time leading tournament money winner Erik Seidel.

The Split Format event saw play begin nine-handed on Day 1, move to six-handed on Day 2 and go heads-up for the final bracket of 16 players.

Click here for a closer look at this new tournament format.

Canadian Boucher Wins First Bracelet in €1,620 Six-Max PLO

The final preliminary event concluded this afternoon in Cannes with French-Canadian professional Philippe Boucher winning his first bracelet and €124,584.

Boucher has been playing poker seriously for nearly a decade but only began focusing on Omaha in the last year. He defeated Michel Dattani who received €76,982 for the runner-up finish.

€498,330 in total was paid out in this event to the top 36 players, a group that included recent WSOP bracelet winner Steve Billirakis, Roberto Romanell, Matt Stout, Bryan Devonshire, Victor Ramdin and Carlos Mortensen.

Boucher is close friends with French-Canadian bracelet winners like Jon Duhamel and Pascal LeFrancois and can now count himself among that group of WSOP champions.

Here are the full final table results:

  • 1 - Philippe Boucher - 124,584
  • 2 - Michel Dattani - 76,982
  • 3 - Nicolas Fierro - 53,426
  • 4 - Alexander Dovzhenko - 37,529
  • 5 - Jarred Solomon - 26,676
  • 6 - Jack Ellwood - 19,181

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