Mizrachi Wins Ante Up POY

Michael Mizrachi

The conclusion of the 2010 WSOP Main Event may be four months away but the accolades are already rolling in for Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.

Ante Up Magazine has named officially named Mizrachi as their Poker Player of the Year.

The magazine's editor Chris Cosenza explained there were a number of factors that went into choosing Mizrachi for the award but the magazine's staff was particularly impressed by how he bounced back from tax problems earlier in the year.

"To not only succeed but to thrive during a time when he easily could've tossed in the towel and gone into hiding is a testament to his professionalism and poker courage," said Cosenza.

"We salute the Grinder on his amazing achievement."

Mizrachi hasn't played very many tournaments over the last two years but exploded this summer putting together one of the most memorable WSOP performances of all time.

Over the course of the 2010 WSOP, Mizrachi won the prestigious $50k Players Championship for $1.5 million, placed sixth in the $10k Seven-Card Stud for $68,949, eighth in the $10k Limit Hold'em Championship, 26th in the $2.5k Mixed Event and finished by making the final table of the Main Event.

In total Mizrachi earned $2.4 million in a little less than two months and, going into the Main Event final table seventh in chips, he still has a shot at the $8.9 million first place prize.

Technically Frank Kassela, who won two bracelets at this year's WSOP and made three final tables, is currently leading the official WSOP Player of the Year race with 290 points and Mizrachi can tie him by winning the Main Event.

Cosenza admitted the magazine had a tough choice between Mizrachi and Kassela but ultimately The Grinder was just too hard to ignore.

"We'd like to congratulate Kassela on a fantastic effort," said Cosenza. "We're certain the two gold bracelets on his wrists will help him deal with the disappointment of not winning our award."

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