WSOP 3-Bet: $5k Madness, Lucky Loube, Mizrachi Goes Bigger

Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi wins the $50k Poker Players Championship

It was perhaps the busiest day yet at the 2012 WSOP on Thursday with three final tables including the prestigious $50k Players Championship.

Today in the WSOP 3-Bet we findt Michael Mizrachi parlaying his $50k Championship win into the BIG ONE, an Atlanta-based attorney winning his first WSOP tournament and the massive field in the $5k NLHE.

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Steven Loube
Steven Loube

3) Atlanta Attorney Wins $1.5k Omaha-8 for $267,345

There were three final tables taking place on Day 31 of the 2012 WSOP and while the $50k Championship got top billing, Steven Loube was busy scoring a bracelet in Event 47.

The 34-year-old attorney from Atlanta ended up outlasting 978 players in the $1,500 Omaha-8 tournament to win $267k.

Prior to tonight, Loube’s biggest score at the poker table was winning $50 in a home game.

The final table didn’t feature a ton of big-name talent but Loube did have to face noted poker New Jersey poker pro Timothy Finne when play got down to heads up.

Loube’s 3-1 chip advantage was apparently too much for Finne to overcome and the match only lasted for a few hands.

Amazingly Event 47 was the first WSOP tournament Loube had ever entered.

2) Mizrachi Parlays $50k Players Win into BIG ONE

Michael Mizrachi big one
Michael Mizrachi's BIG ONE receipt

Apparently Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi is just going to let the $1.4 million he earned in the $50k Championship ride.

The Team Mizrachi Twitter account posted a picture of Mizrachi’s $1 million receipt for the BIG ONE and it appears he simply used the cash he earned from the $50k Players Championship to buy in directly.

In reality Mizrachi already had plans to play the BIG ONE and sold a significant portion of himself in the event last week. The $50k Players Championship windfall just made things a bit simpler.

Considering first place in the BIG ONE will likely be over $12 million and Mizrachi is now the fourth-biggest all-time winner in tournament poker with $14 million he could easily become #1 on that list with a strong showing.

Regardless of where he finishes in the BIG ONE, Mizrachi has been on amazing heater these last three years with eight WSOP final tables, three bracelets and a Main Event final-table appearance.

Bottom line: wire transfers are for pansies!

1) Players Go Nuts for Event 50 $5k NLHE

Last year the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event proved to be one of the most popular events as it drew 865 players and offered an $874,116 first-place prize.

Event 50 $5k NLHE Field
The $5k No-Limit Hold'em field

It seemed improbable the event could get much bigger this year but that’s exactly what happened when 1,001 poker players showed up to get in on the action today.

The players combined to create a prizepool of nearly $5 million with $952,694 set aside for first place.

Yup, this is a tournament you want to go deep in.

At the end of Day 1 play Nick Maimone, Jackie Glazer, Will Failla, Chris Bell and Andrew Lichtenberger were near the top of the chip counts. Just over 300 players will return to battle on Day 2.

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About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.

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