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Today in the 3-Bet we find Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi at home in the $50k PPC, Phil Galfond needs to get unstuck and WSOP reg Bryan Devonshire goes gypsy.
1) Mizrachi Stacked in PPC
As followers of poker know, Michael 'The Grinder" Mizrachi's style tends to lead to two outcomes:
He grinds, he scores.
- He builds a massive stack and runs away from the field to a huge score
- He goes busto within a couple levels
As his $15.7m in career live tournament earnings suggest, it works out in his favor often enough to make it a profitable style.
And when it comes to the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship, that success ratio seems to tick up another notch.
As the de facto test to decide the 'best all-around player in the game,' Mizrachi has more than proven his mettle in the PPC as a two-time winner (only Brian Rast has duplicated that feat).
After a quiet Day 1 on Sunday with only 6 bustouts the pace quickened substantially yesterday on Day 2 and saw Mizrachi soar up the counts to over 1m in chips.
With just 44 players left heading to Day 3 he sits in third behind only Aaron Katz(1.6m) and Talal Shakerchi (1.48m).
Can he lock down a seat in the final 6 and a shot at an incredible third $50k PPC bracelet? It'll be fun to watch, regardless, so tune in to the @PokerGo app to see for yourself.
2) Galfond Stuck $800K?
It's been proven time and again that Phil Galfond is one of the top minds the game of poker has ever seen. So it's fitting, then, that he's also one of those 44 players remaining in the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship today.
With around 720k in chips he's in a pretty decent spot, too, just outside the Top 10 in chips. But, by the sounds of it, a deep run isn't exactly optional for him right now:
Scary to think the whims of variance can hit one of the best so hard. Oh, and that second-place payout? It's $862,649.
Yeesh. According to Phil, though, hope springs eternal .. if he can just get past one small obstacle:
What would you say your worst game is, in this format?— Stone (@ryanstone10) July 3, 2017
Lol. More gems from Phil on Twitter here.
3) From ESPN to Trailer Life
If you're a casual poker fan you might recognize pro Bryan Devonshire and his signature San Francisco Giants cap from his two very deep runs in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event - 12th in 2011 and 25th in 2014.
Indoor plumbing? Optional.
With plenty of screen time on ESPN the affable Devonshire became a fan favorite and bagged about $1m in payouts combined from those two runs alone.
You might not know, though, that he's also a white water rafting guide in Colorado in the summers which, for a guy with such big scores on his resume, might seem like an odd match.
Even odder, maybe? That he's now foregoing living in a house altogether:
As Devonshire told us back in 2014, though, his first and foremost pursuit is balance and happiness and if a trailer in the desert is where he finds it, more power to him.
We'll keep an eye out for him in the Main Event. Feels like he's got a pretty good track record there worth swinging by Vegas for.