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Mizrachi Conquers Player's Championship: Day 5 WSOP 2010
Day 5 of the 2010 World Series of Poker was the busiest on the schedule yet. Six tournaments played out, including two final tables and of course the conclusion to the exciting Player's Championship - one of the WSOP's flagship events.
Here's how things played in Las Vegas Tuesday:
Event 2 - $50k Player's Championship
A slew of talented names returned to battle it out for one of the most coveted bracelets on the 2010 WSOP schedule. The big story was that brothers Robert and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi both made the final - Though they proved there would be no softplaying each other with Michael Mizrachi actually sending his brother to the rail in the middle stages.
It proved the springboard for success for Michael, as he went from strength to strength, eventually shouldering his way past Russian Vladimir Schmelev to win the title, the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy, his first WSOP bracelet and $1,559,046.
"It's definitely worth the wait," he said. "This is one of the most prestigious tournaments in poker."
Check back later for our full account of Mizrachi's victory along with more quotes from the newly minted champion.
Event 3 - $1k No-Limit Hold'em
43 players reconvened to play down to the final table in Event 3 and hopes were high for Eric Baldwin - one of the more celebrated players still in the hunt.
It wasn't to be Baldwin's day, however, as he crashed out with two tables left.
As with the $50k Player's Championship, there was hope of yet another WSOP final table family pairing - this time father and son.
Irving and Richard Rice had both managed to navigate through to the last two tables, but there was to be no fairy-tale ending as although Richard made it through, Irving - his father - narrowly missed a final table berth - finishing up in 10th spot.
The remaining players will be back tomorrow from 2.30 p.m. to contend the bracelet with Adam Daya the man to beat.
Event 4 - $1.5k Omaha/8
Event 4 provided the second bracelet of the day and proved to be an epic contest. Going into the final day, the plan was to play down from 26 players to a winner - and that's just what happened.
Ultimately it looked like Dan Heimiller would see off a tough field including names like Ylon Shwartz, Jeff Madsen and David Bach, to sweep up his second WSOP bracelet.
Instead it was Michael Chow who kept his cool to turn round a heads-up deficit versus Heimiller, win the WSOP bracelet and $237,140 in prize money.
Event 5 - $1.5k No-Limit Hold-em
Just over 200 runners returned in the $1.5k with the intention of running good enough to reach the final table.
Brit Chris Moorman had high hopes coming into the day of breaking his live jinx, but he couldn't build on his good position, cashing but crashing in the middle stages.
Fellow Brit and former bracelet-winner Praz Bansi was better able to ride the waves of fortune, however, gliding through the field to finish in the top ten by the end of play.
Ultimately, the players weren't able to trim themselves sufficiently to reach the final table spots, so 23 of them will return tomorrow at 2.30 p.m to play to a finish.
Event 6 - $5k No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Day one of the $5k NLHE Shootout produced a who’s who of No-Limit players and led to some fierce battles between top pros.
There were 358 players who turned out for the shootout, with action spread out over 36 tables. Each table played down to a winner who will take home at least $16k and the chance to play for a $441,692 top prize.
When asked about the impressive list of entrants, Barry Greenstein said this will be the third toughest field of the 2010 WSOP, second only to the $25k six-handed event and the $10k Heads Up Championship.
Tomorrow’s action will take place on six six-handed tables beginning at 2:30 p.m. The final table of six is set for Thursday afternoon.
Event 7 - $2.5k Triple Draw 2-7
If big-name players were moths then the more obscure poker variants would be bright, burning flames, as the pros just can't seem to keep away.
Smaller fields mean bigger chances to snag those all-important bracelets and it was no surprise to see the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton, Sorel Mizzi, Jeffrey Lisandro and many others numbered amongst the 291 Triple Draw entrants today.
Come the end of the day many of them had limbered up the leaderboard, although when the 96 remaining players return tomorrow at 3.00 p.m., it will be the cowboy-hat wearing Hoyt Corkins who is the man to catch.
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