Mizrachi, Hairabedian Rule Day 8 at 2011 WSOPE

Michael Mizrachi
The Grinder.

Long-time grinders Michael Mizrachi and Roger Hairabedian took control of the €10k Split Format on Day 8 of the 2011 WSOPE while Chilean Nicholas Fierro held on to his Day 2 chip lead to head the final table in Event #6.

Read on for all the details from a lighter-but-still-packed day at the 2011 World Series of Poker Europe in Cannes, France.

Mizrachi, Hairabedian Headline Final Four of €10k Split Format

Sixteen players returned to the Hotel Barriere in Cannes to play the heads-up portion of Event #5, €10k No-Limit Hold'em Split Format today and, no matter how the draw came out, the matchups were set to be tough for everybody.

Because of French gaming law, rather than having seeds based on chip count the matchups had to be set randomly by a computer.

Here’s how the final 16 were matched up to start the day:

Brian Powell (484,000) vs. Matt Waxman (249,000)
Erik Seidel (375,000) vs. Brian Hastings (197,000)
Kent Lundmark (324,000) vs. Michael Mizrachi (240,000)
Roger Hairabedian (321,000) vs. Dmitry Motorov (217,000)
Jason Mercier (252,000) vs. Shawn Buchanan (208,000)
Alexander Roumeliotis (216,000) vs. Dan Fleyshman (215,000)
Noah Schwartz (175,000) vs. Bryn Kenney (73,000)
Joel Nordkvist (148,000) vs. Anatolii Ozhenilok (62,000)

Jason Mercier
Even Mercier has to share the run-good sometimes.

Given the unique format of this event (9-handed play on Day 1 and 6-handed play on Day 2), chip stacks were uneven to start the matches but it didn’t necessarily pan out as an advantage for the big stacks.

Erik Seidel was one of the frst casualties of the day, for example, as he fell victim to an aggressive start from Hastings and a bit of a lucky finish to hit the rail.

Jason Mercier, Kent Lundmark and Joel Nordkvist were also big stacks to go down in the round of 16.

Mercier was perhaps the most unlucky as his opponent Shawn Buchanan flopped three straights and took advantage of them near the end of the match.

Lundmark also got a bit unlucky as he ran pocket tens into Mizrachi’s pocket kings on the very first hand of their match to double the Grinder up.

By the time they hit the quarterfinals, the bracket had definitely seen some surprises and looked like this:

  • Brian Powell (733,000) vs. Roger Hairabedian (528,000)
  • Brian Hastings (572,000) vs. Michael Mizrachi (564,000)
  • Shawn Buchanan (460,000) vs. Anatolii Ozhenilok (210,000)
  • Dan Fleyshman (431,000) vs. Noah Schwartz (248,000)

French poker icon Hairabedian finally took the lead back from day-long chip leader Powell by hitting a better two pair in a hand to turn their match around before grinding Powell down for the win.

Mizrachi and Buchanan likewise took the steady, slow grind to their wins while Schwartz had Fleyshman on the ropes several times before finally knocking him out.

Quarterfinal round payouts for the bustees were still a solid €54,810 and round of 16 payouts €26,618

The semi-final matchups look like this for tomorrow:

  • Michael Mizrachi (1,136,000) vs. Roger Hairabedian (1,261,000)
  • Noah Schwartz (679,000) vs. Shawn Buchanan (670,000)

Players will hit the floor again at 3 p.m. local time to show down for the bracelet. Semi-final losers will take home €112,092, the runner-up €207,624 and the winner €336,008.

Follow our live reports in our 2011 WSOPE coverage section.

Fierro, Boucher Head Six-Max Final Table

Nicolas Fierrogottner
Nicolas Fierro.

Day 2 chip leader Nicholas Fierro lost his lead for most of the day in Event #6, €1,620 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha, but will come into play tomorrow exactly how he did today – in front.

Busting Rifat Palevic on the last hand of day to take the lead back, the Chilean Fierro will hit the final table with 349,000 in chips - roughly 75k ahead of his closest competitior, French-Canadian Phillipe Boucher (275k).

Rounding out a very international final table are Portugal’s Michel Dattani (267k), South African Jared Solomon (266k), Ukrainian Alexander Dovzhenko (245k) and Brit Jack Ellwood (133k).

Fan favorite Bryan Devonshire, who fell just short of the WSOP Main Event final table this summer, finishing in 12th place to take home $607,882, also fell just short here.

He finished in 8th place for €13,948.

Victor Ramdin, Anthony Lellouche, Alexander Kostritsyn, Ludovic Lacay, Carlos Mortensen and Matt Stout also made the money but fell short of the final table today.

Playdown to the bracelet resumes at 1 p.m. tomorrow from the Casino Barriere in Cannes.

First-place finisher in this event will bank €124,584. Follow along with the live stream at wsop.com.

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