Michael Mizrachi Loves Live Poker, Hates Being Away From His Kids

Published on 15 October 2013 by Pokerlistings 342

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi is one of the most decorated live tournament players in poker history. The downside? He's got to leave his family in Florida to travel to poker events around the world. We caught Mizrachi in Paris at the World Series of Poker Europe where he tells us about his ambitions and the challenges surrounding professional poker.

I haven't played much but during the World Series, I had a fourth and ninth place finish and I got deep in the main event. But I played, I think, 18 events during the World Series. That's probably half my average I usually play. So just a little maybe burnt out and playing more cash games rather than tournaments. Just been real, real busy. Also I always have a lot of DeepStacks events going on. We just had one in Barcelona for the first time, Europe. Then we have another one coming up in Oregon. And then we're going on to Panama, so busy with DeepStacks poker tournaments and that should be exciting. And I came out just for Europe to play the EPT, to play the World Series of Poker. And we had a little vacation in Marrakech. We played a couple of events over there. So just traveling around, doing my traveling, and just exciting to be back on this side and just love playing poker in Europe.

I would say, if I was at an old age right now, I would say [inaudible 00:01:00] that. But now I'm still young, 32. And I got a long life to live and feeling healthy, feeling good. There's a lot more titles to win and there's plenty of tournaments out there. There's a lot of new ones. Hopefully we'll have an open-face Chinese one next year, maybe World Series event or the following year. Like to win these as much as I can. There's nonstop. But you know what? At some point in your life, you're like, "h, let me just take this full-time. Let me take this part-time." And I see maybe in 20 years from now. Or maybe make a certain amount of money where I'm feeling comfortable, I can live the rest of my life, and just enjoy family and take time off poker, I definitely will. It's tough for family when you're having to raise three children. My kids already nine, seven, and five. They're growing up fast. And you just want to be with them all the time and I wish I could.

But as a poker player, it's hard for us. We're always traveling. We go to Europe, back and forth, go to the other side of the world. This way, this way, this way and it's just tough. I wish I could take my kids everywhere I go. But obviously there's mandatory schooling, so that's not possible. But my main priority is my children. And I want to provide through doing what I do best is playing poker and hopefully I can keep doing it. And they get great schooling. And I don't know if I want them to be poker players but I want my kids to be happy. Whatever makes them happy, makes me happy.