$50K Players Championship: Mizrachi Takes It Down For $1,451,527!

Mizrachi is the Players Champion. Not once, but twice!
Mizrachi is the Players Champion. Not once, but twice!

Our last update found Klodnicki in dire straights against Mizrachi. Klodnicki was at 1,875,000 in chips verses 14,325,000. That means that Mizrachi had Klodnicki 7-1 in chips.

Mizrachi continued to chip away at Klodnicki’s stack until Klodnicki didn’t have many pebbles to fight back with. It all came to a head when Klodnicki found a hand in Omaha eight-or-better, but it didn’t hold up against Mizrachi’s hand. Klodnicki finished in 2nd place.

Check out how the last few hands of heads up went down.

Folding In Stud

Mizrachi defended his bring-in by raising when Klodnicki completed. Klodnicki called the raise.

Klodnicki played the rest of the hand timidly, as he check-called fourth, fifth, and sixth street.

When seventh street was dealt, Klodnicki folded to a bet from Mizrachi.

Mizrachi: 9 6 J 8 (X X X)

Klodnicki: K 5 3 9 (X X X)

Klodnicki continued to fold hands to Mizrachi in the Stud and Stud eight-or-better rounds. Not connecting with the hands ended up costing Klodnicki 725,000. When the Omaha eight-or-better round came up Klodnicki was alarmingly short with around 1.1 million.

Michael Mizrachi Chris Klodnicki
Mizrachi chipped away at Klodnicki until he crumbled.

Klodnicki Crippled

During Omaha eight-or-better, Klodnicki needed to double up or ship out. Klodnicki raised on the button and got a call from Mizrachi.

The flop came K 9 3. Mizrachi check called a bet from Klodnicki. The turn brought the K which paired the board. Mizrachi checked, Klodnicki bet, and Mizrachi raised. Klodnicki called to see the 9 drop on the river. This time, Mizrachi led out with a bet, and Klodnicki called.

Mizrachi showed down K 5 5 4. Klodnicki couldn’t beat that and sent a big pile of chips over to Mizrachi’s monster stack.

Chris Klodnicki Eliminated in 2nd Place $896,935

The very next hand, Klodnicki got it all in during Omaha eight-or-better, and Mizrachi was anxious to be declared winner.  He made the call, and both players flipped up their hands.

Klodnicki: A J 9 2

Mizrachi: Q J 9 8

The flop came down T T 7 which gave Mizrachi a wrap. The turn was the 6 which completed his straight. The A was the final nail in the coffin, so Klodnicki was sent home as the runner up taking home $896,935.

Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi Takes 1st $1,451,527

After five days of grueling play and tough competition, Mizrachi was able to defeat 107 of the most talented poker players in the world. As if that wasn’t tough enough, this is the second time Mizrachi has won this event.

The first time he won this event was in 2010, and he took home $1,559,046. This year, he adds another $1,451,527 to his pockets, which brings him up to $13,928,701 in tournament wins for his career.

This is how the chips fell at the final table:

1            Michael Mizrachi                             $1,451,527

2            Chris Klodnicki                                $896,935

3            Andy Bloch                                     $561,738

4            Luke Schwartz                                 $604,736

5            Roland Israelashvili                          $317,882

6            Stephen Chidwick                             $253,497

7            Bill Chen                                          $205,856

8            Buno Fitoussi                                    $169,879

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$50K Player Championship: Mizrachi Grinds Away

Heads-up for the trophy and $1.4 million
Heads-up for the trophy and $1.4 million

Klodnicki vs. Mizrachi

It's the match-up of the year. Well, maybe of the summer.

After Bloch's elimination, Mizrachi went into the heads-up match with about a 2-to-1 lead. Mizrachi clocked in at 10.5 million while Klodnicki was at 5.7 million. 

Mizrachi then lived up to his name in a round of Stud 8 as he grinded Klodnicki's stack down even further. 

There were around six photographers buzzing around, taking snapshots of Klodnicki's slow bleed. Every time Mizrachi won a pot, the crowd cheered. Two of his brothers and several of his friends were in the stands. Klodnicki, on the other hand, didn't have too much rail support.

Grinding Down

The next game in the rotation was 2-7 Triple Draw and Mizrachi continued to punish Klodnicki. 

In the first hand, Mizrachi bet, Klodnicki raised, and the Grinder put in a 3-bet. Klodnicki called and both players drew one card. 

After the first draw, Mizrachi went back up to a 3-bet and Klodnicki called again. Both players patted the next two draws and Mizrachi bet out each round. When Klodnicki called the final bet, Mizrachi showed 8-7-6 low and Klodnicki mucked. 

Chris Klodnicki
Klodnicki's stack is slowly shrinking

These pots were a bit expensive considering that the limits were 80,000/160,000.

The following 2-7 TD hand, The Grinder stood pat from the beginning while Klodnicki drew one the first two draws. Mizrachi bet the first draw and the second, but Klodnicki raised after the second bet and Mizrachi called. 

Both players patted on the third draw and Klodnicki led out. The Grinder called and showed 8-7 low while Klodnicki flashed a 9.

The next hand followed a similar pattern, but Klodnicki folded to a bet on the river. 

"We will, we will, grind you," the crowd chanted. 

There's No Limit

The next game was a round of No-Limit Hold'em. Mizrachi won the first hand with A 5 and went on to win the next one as well.

In a raised pot, Mizrachi bet 100,000 on a 10 5 6 flop. Klodnicki checked when the Q came on the turn and Mizrachi led out for 255,000. Klodnicki folded and the crowd went wild. 

Klodnicki did win the blinds the following hand, but after NLHE was done, Klodnicki was down to about 1.5 million while Mizrachi was up to 14.7 million. 

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$50K Players Championship: Nice Guys Finish Last

Bloch gets coolered which cripples his chances of winning.
Bloch gets coolered which cripples his chances of winning.

In our last update, we said goodbye to the fast talking Luke Schwartz. He sent his chips over to Chris Klodnicki to bring the final table down to three players.

Three-handed play didn’t last very long. In this update we bid adieu to one of the nicest people in poker-Andy Bloch. He lost a monster pot to Michael Mizrachi, which left him crippled.

Andy’s Cards-Just Not Good Enough

Blinds had gone up to 40,000/80,000 with 80,000/160,000 limits, and the game was Pot-Limit Omaha.

Mizrachi made it 80,000 to go on the button, and Chris Klodnicki and Andy Bloch made the call from the blinds.

The flop came out K Q 2. Bloch and Klodnicki checked to Mizrachi, who bet out 200,000. Bloch was the only one willing to keep Mizrachi honest.

When the turn was the 2, Bloch checked. Mizrachi fired out 350,000, and Bloch called again.

The T on the river induced a 500,000 bet from Bloch. Mizrachi raised to 2,500,000. Bloch called to see Mizrachi’s cards.

Mizrachi: K K 9 7

Bloch: Q Q 8 5

Bloch had queens full, but Mizrachi had a higher boat with kings full. Bloch lost a forth of his stack on that hand and was left with 1,140,000.

Hitting The Deck

Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi was catching his fair share of cards at the final table. In some cases, when a player is running that good, their opponents find themselves thinking, “He just can’t have it every time.” 

The game had switched to Limit Hold’em when Mizrachi raised, and Klodnicki three bet from the small blind. Bloch was in the big blind and called along with Mizrachi.

The flop came out T K 8. Klodnicki bet, Bloch raised, and Mizrachi reraised. Klodnicki felt he was outmatched on this hand and threw it in. Bloch was looking to get his chips back and made the call.

The turn was the K, which had Bloch check-calling a bet from Mizrachi. The river was the 5 and Bloch check-called again.

Mizrachi showed K J. Bloch looked disappointed and mucked his hand as he looked down at the measly 300,000 he had left.

Andy Bloch Eliminated in 3rd Place $561,738

Not long after Bloch lost against Mizrachi’s trip kings, he committed himself to another Limit Hold’em hand.

Bloch raised from the button and Mizrachi reraised from the small blind. Klodnicki three-bet from the big blind, which gave Bloch the ability to move his remaining 260,000 into the pot. Both Mizrachi and Klodnicki called.

The flop came 7 7 3. Both Mizrachi and Klodnicki checked. The turn was the 7 to which Klodnicki bet to get Mizrachi out of the pot. Mizrachi gave up and Klodnicki and Bloch showed their hands.

Klodnicki: A J

Bloch: Q 4

Klodnicki was ahead with the ace-jack, and the 8 on the river didn’t lend any help to Bloch. He will have to search out his second bracelet elsewhere.

Chip Counts

Michael Mizrachi                        10,500,000

Chris Klodnicki                          5,700,000

Chip counts courtesy of WSOP.com

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$50K Players Championship: Down to Three

Luke Schwartz gets his biggest live-tournament cash
Luke Schwartz gets his biggest live-tournament cash

We're down to three. 

The 2012 Poker Players Champion will now be either Andy Bloch, Chris Klodnicki or Michael Mizrachi.

This means, of course, that our most recent elimination was Luke Schwartz. Schwartz became notorious in the online poker scene when he started winning and trash talking the ultra-high stake cash games at Full Tilt Poker.

Some of that success has translated over to Schwartz's live game. Schwartz frequents the European and American poker scene, his biggest cash was at the Party Poker Premier League IV in 2010. There, Schwartz finished 2nd for $200,000.

Today, Schwartz more than doubled that number, his 4th place finish earned him $406,736. 

Schwartz's Slump

Schwartz is a pretty vocal and active player, but for the last hour, his attitude changed a bit. After Israelashvili, Schwartz was down to about 400,000. Shwartz was knocked down from 800,000 after a level of passivity, large blinds and pesky antes. 

Schwartz chipped down a bit more and then we hit a round of No-Limit Hold'em. Blinds were 15,000/30,000 with a 7,000 ante. These large antes put the pressure on Schwartz and he was in all-in mode.

Schwartz moved all-in once, but got no callers. Then, Chris Klodnicki raised to 70,000 from the button and Schwartz moved all-in from the small blind. Klodnicki called and Schwartz was at risk:

Chris Klodnicki
Chris Klodnicki is now our chipleader with 6,525,000

Klodnicki:7 3

Schwartz: K Q

The board ran 5 J 6 A A and Schwartz doubled up to just over 500,000. Despite the double up, Schwartz was going to need some more help.

Schwartz Out in 4th

The game was still No-Limit Holdem and Klodnicki and Schwartz got into another pre-flop battle. Soon, Schwartz was all-in and Klodnicki called, again. 

Klodnicki: A 6

Schwartz: A 9

Schwartz was in the lead again and the K K Q flop fell in his favor. The turn was a 5 and Schwartz started begging for any card besides a six.

The river, a 6.

Down To Three

We're now down to our final three players and they're all guaranteed $561,738. Here are their chip counts:

Chris Klodnicki - 6,525,000

Michael Mizrachi - 5,445,000

Andy Bloch - 4,230,000

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$50K Players Championship: Another One Bites The Dust

Roland Israelashvili finishes in 5th place.
Roland Israelashvili finishes in 5th place.

During this hour, Roland Israelashvili was eliminated from the final table. He sat patiently despite having the pressure of being the short stack, but he wasn’t able to make a come back.

Conversely, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi has been running hot on this final table. He has won almost every pot he has been a part of and he keeps getting paid on his big hands.

Running Good

Blinds were at 30,000/60,000 with 60,000/120,000 limits when the game reached the Limit-Hold’em round. When it folded around, Andy Bloch raised from the small blind, and Mizrachi reraised from the big blind. Bloch called to see the flop.

The flop came out K 6 2. Bloch checked to Mizrachi who bet. Bloch raised and Mizrachi called.

The T came on the turn. Bloch fired out again, and Mizrachi called.

When the K paired the board, Bloch check called a bet from Mizrachi.

Mizrachi showed the nuts with K T.

Israelashvili Doubles

Andy Bloch raised from the cutoff. Roland Israelashvili was the short stack and seemed to be considering pushing over the top. Instead, he defended his big blind with a call.

The flop came out 9 3 2. Israelashvili checked, and Bloch bet. Israelashvili moved in over the top for 133,000. Bloch quickly called.

Israelashvili: A J

Bloch: K 2

The turn made Israelashvili’s hand undefeatable when it came the J. The K on the river didn’t matter.

Israelashvili doubled up his stack to 516,000, much to the dismay of everyone else on the table.

Roland Israelashvili Eliminated in 5th Place $317,882

Andy Bloch
Bloch stacks chips and moves into second position going into four handed play.

The game switched to 2-7 Triple Draw when Israelashvili moved all in from the cut off for 111,000. Bloch called from the small blind, and Mizrachi called from the big blind.

On the first draw, Bloch drew two cards, Mizrachi drew three cards, and Israelashvili drew two cards. Both players for the side pot checked their option.

On the second draw, Bloch drew two cards, Mizrachi drew two cards, and Israelashvili drew one card. Bloch and Mizrachi checked again

The last draw saw Bloch draw one card, Mizrachi draw one card, and Israelashvili stood pat. The action was checked again.

Israelashvili showed a J-8-6-4-2, but that wasn’t good enough to beat Bloch’s 8-7-5-3-2.

Chip Counts

Michael Mizrachi                        7,200,000

Andy Bloch                                4,250,000

Chris Klodnicki                           4,200,000

Luke Schwartz                           539,000

Chip counts courtesy of WSOP.com

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$50K Players Championship: Chidwick Out In 6th

6th place finisher, Stephen Chidwick
6th place finisher, Stephen Chidwick

Stephen Chidwick was having a rough time at the final table. The young British pro was brutalized in Stud, Omaha 8, Razz and Pot-Limit Omaha. Hand after hand, players took turns pecking away at Chidwick's stack.

Chidwick is the youngest player at the table, but it'd be difficult to argue that he's the least experienced. 

Chidwick has won more than $3 million online and, a few years ago, he won 100 packages to the WSOP Main Event. But, due to the fact that he wasn't even 21, Chidwick wasn't able to use one for himself.

After honing his skills online, Chidwick started making appearances in the live poker scene in 2008. Since then, Chidwick has earned more than $700,000 in live tournaments and has made three WSOP final tables, including this one. 

But the bracelet would elude Chidwick again today.

Downward Spiral

Chidwick started the day 4th in chips with 2,026,000, but he was bumped down to about 1.4 million after a bad round of Stud. Then, Chidwick got quartered by Michael Mizrachi in a hand of Omaha 8.

There, Mizrachi showed Q Q A 2 on a Q 6 3 8 7 board. Chidwick tabled A Q 9 2 for the same low, but a losing high hand.

The brutality didn't end there. Soon after that, Chris Klodnicki scooped Chidwick. The board read A 8 6 5 9 and Klodnicki and Chidwick were betting on every street.

Stephen Chidwick
Chidwick had a tough day, but he still gets to go home with $253,497

When Chidwick called the river bet, Klodnicki turned over A 7 6 4 for a straight and a low hand. Chidwick mucked and was down to about 500,000.

Out in 6th

Chidwick then got chipped down a bit more in Razz and met his doom in Pot-Limit Omaha. 

Chidwick raised to 72,000 from the small blind and Mizrachi called from the big.

The flop came 8 8 2 and Chidwick led out for 60,000. Mizrachi called and the turn was a 3. Chidwick moved all-in for 230,000 and Mizrachi called. 

Mizrachi: A 8 4 2

Chidwick: K K 5 4

Chidwick's pocket kings were no match for a full house. Chidwick was in need of reinforcements, specifically, another king. But the river was a 3 and Chidwick was eliminated in 6th place while Mizrachi's stack grew to more than 7 million.

Chidwick earned $253,497 for his 6th place finish. This bumps Chidwick's earnings past the $1 million mark, his live-tournament results now total $1,001,977.

Chip Counts

With Chidwick gone, we're left with our final five players. These handful of players are now guaranteed $317,882. Here's how they stack up:

Michael Mizrachi - 7,282,000

Andy Bloch - 4,349,000

Chris Klodnicki - 3,392,000

Luke Schwartz - 726,000

Roland Israelashvili - 453,000

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$50K Players Championship: Down To Six

Chen's final table experience was short lived.
Chen's final table experience was short lived.

Besides the big names and high buy-in, this final table is already proving to live up to viewer expectations. In a flurry of excitement, Bruno Fitoussi and Bill Chen were taken out on the same hand. It was a three-way all in situation, and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi took them both down.

Fitoussi and Chen Out

On the very first hand, Bruno Fitoussi went all in for 170,000 in No-Limit Hold’em. It folded around to Bill Chen, in late position, and he called. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi reraised to 400,000 from the big blind. Action moved back over to Bill Chen who pushed over the top for 1.2 million. Mizrachi snap called.

Mizrachi: A A

Fitoussi: 8 7

Chen: A K

The flop came out K 5 5 which gave Chen a pair. The turn was the 8, which gave Fitoussi a pair as well. However, both Chen and Fitoussi would need more help to catch up to Mizrachi.

The river was the 4, which gave Mizrachi the win.

Bill Chen finished in 7th place because he had more chips when the hand started. He cashes in $205,856.

Bruno Fitoussi is our 8th place finisher and takes home $169,879.

The remaining six players are guaranteed $253,497, and they are two steps closer to the championship title.

Mizrachi Is Unstoppable

Not long after Mizrachi knocked two players out, he was accumulating another big pot. The game switched to Stud, and Mizrachi was the bring-in. Luke Schwartz completed leaving Mizrachi and Stephen Chidwick to call.

Schwartz had the high hand with a J 8 showing, and he put in a bet. Both players called behind.

On fifth street, Schwartz fired out again, and Mizrachi raised. Both players called to see sixth street. Schwartz and Chidwick checked to Mizrachi on the next round, but after Mizrachi bet only Schwartz made the call.

Seventh street had Schwartz checking again. Mizrachi bet 100,000 and Schwartz got frazzled.

“How does he raise with jack-four-three,” Schwartz rambled to himself, “It’s a joke that he makes every final table.”

Schwartz finally made the call, throwing his chips into the pot. Mizrachi showed trip fours. Schwartz sighed and threw his cards across the table to muck his hand.

Mizrachi: 3 J 4 9 (4 4 T)

Schwartz: J 8 T 8 (X X X)

Chidwick: 6 J 8 T (X X X)

Chip Counts

Michael Mizrachi                            5,850,000

Andy Bloch                                   4,300,000

Chris Klodnicki                              3,276,000

Stephen Chidwick                         1,050,000

Luke Schwartz                               850,000

Roland Israelashvili                        694,000

Chip counts courtesy of WSOP.com

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$50K Players Championship: It Ends Today

Andy Bloch in second with 3,598,000
Andy Bloch in second with 3,598,000

Day 5 of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship is now underway. The original field of 108 players has been reduced to eight. 

Floorman Robbie "Redbull" Thompson is announcing the players to a packed stage. Each player was greeted with a round of applause from the audience, but the loudest cheers were for our chip leader, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi. 

Mizrachi is starting the day with 3,648,000, only slightly ahead of Andy Bloch, whom has 3,598,000. Mizrachi is currently 6th on the all-time Players Championship money list with $1,559,046.

This final table finish is already guaranteeing the Grinder an additional $169,879, which bumps him up to 4th place. Mizrachi can take the lead away from Kassem Deeb and become the highest Players Championship earner if he finishes in 2nd or 1st. The current record is $2,360,462.

If Mizrachi wins today, he'll also become the first player to win two Poker Players Championships.

Stephen Chidwick also has the chance of making history today. If Chidwick wins, he'll become the youngest player to win the Poker Players Championship. Whatever happens, we'll find the outcome by the end of the day.

Today, the Poker Players Championship comes to an end. 

The cards are about to be dealt so we'll keep you updated right here at PokerListings.com.

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$50k Players Championship: Final Table Preview

Will Michael Mizrachi grind out his third WSOP bracelet?
Will Michael Mizrachi grind out his third WSOP bracelet?

A field of 108 of the most elite poker players in the world has been reduced to just eight.

Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi leads the final eight with 3,648,000 chips. Amazingly this isn’t Mizrachi’s first trip to the rodeo and in 2010 he won this same event for $1.5 million

Mizrachi will be gunning for $1.4 million. It would be Mizrachi’s third WSOP bracelet and would help him jump past Phil Hellmuth into fourth place on the all-time tournament money list. He would also become the first player to win the $50k Players Championship twice.

The Grinder is hardly the only story at the final, however, as Andy Bloch, Chris Klodnicki, Stephen Chidwick,Luke “Full Flush” Schwartz, Bill Chen, Roland Israelashvili and Bruno Fitoussi all secured seats at the final table.

Bloch is a particularly interesting story as he fell painfully short in the first $50k championship when he lost heads-up to Chip Reese. Bloch could potentially win the Chip Reese memorial trophy by putting in a good performance today.

We nearly had relatively inexperienced mix-game player Viktor “Isildur1” Blom at the final table but he ended up going out in 14th place yesterday to win $105,235.

Whatever happens it’s bound to be one of the most thrilling final tables of the entire summer so be sure to check back to this page for live updates at 2 p.m.

Here are the chip counts heading into the final table:

Michael Mizrachi – 3,648,000
Andy Bloch – 3,598,000
Chris Klodnicki – 3,276,000
Stephen Chidwick – 2,026,000
Luke Schwartz – 1,494,000
Bill Chen – 1,293,000
Roland Israelashvili – 695,000
Bruno Fitoussi – 188,000

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Event Name Event 45 - $50,000 Players Championship
Venue Rio Casino and Hotel, Las Vegas
Date 24 June 2012
Final Day 28 June 2012
Buy In $50,000
Entrants 108
Prize Pool $5,184,000
First Prize $1,451,527

Michael Mizrachi

Event 45 - $50,000 Players Championship

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Michael Mizrachi $1,451,527
2. Chris Klodnicki $896,935
3. Andy Bloch $561,738
4. Lukas Schwartz $406,736
5. Roland Israelashvili $317,882
6. Stephen Chidwick $253,497
7. Bill Chen $205,856
8. Bruno Fitoussi $169,879
9. David Oppenheim $142,197
10. David Baker $142,197