Posts Tagged ‘Michael Mizrachi’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, July 1st, 2013
Anthony Gregg more than doubled his career earnings by taking out the One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold’em at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Just like last year’s Big One For One Drop event, the High Rollers tournament drew a star-studded field but Gregg was able to outlast them all and take the first place prize of $4,830,619 – the second seven figure score of his career after his second place finish in the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.
Heading into the final day of the tournament there were four players in the hunt for the WSOP bracelet, headlined by 2012 Big One for One Drop Event winner Antonio Esfandiari who was aiming to achieve an amazing double.
Unfortunately for ‘The Magician’ it wasn’t to be and he was eliminated in fourth place by Chris Klodnicki but was still able to add $1,433,438 to the $18 million he won in last year’s charity event.
Amateur poker player William Perkins, who had never previously cashed in a major live poker tournament, was only a few eliminations away from a famous victory but lost the chip lead just four hands after the exit of Esfandiari and was eliminated soon afterwards.
Gregg and Klodnicki were already guaranteed the biggest paydays of their poker career but were both still desperate to win their maiden WSOP bracelet.
Gregg had control of the heads-up battle from the outset and required less than an hour to secure the victory and resign Klodnicki to his third runner-up finish at the World Series of Poker after he finished second to Michael Mizrachi in the 2012 $50,000 Poker Players Championship and runner-up to poker legend Barry Greenstein in the $1,500 Seven Card Razz at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
Gregg said he was delighted to win his first WSOP bracelet in an event sponsored by One Drop and plans on donating part of his prizemoney to the organization that aims to fight poverty worldwide and make safe water accessible to everyone.
A total of $553,278 was donated to One Drop, which came out of the entry fee for all 166 players.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, June 17th, 2013
David Chiu defeated the most stacked final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker to win the $2,500 Seven-Card Stud Title and his fifth WSOP bracelet.
Chiu claimed the first place prize of $145,520 but, more importantly, joined the list of elite poker players to have won five gold bracelets.
The fifty-two-year-old needed all his skill and experience to negotiate a final table that included six other WSOP bracelet winners such as Freddie Ellis, Michael Mizrachi, Frank Kassela, Gary Benson and Adam Friedman.
Chiu said the victory was made even more special by the quality of the other players at the final table.
“This one means a lot, because there were so many tough players at the final table,” Chiu said.
“Everybody here was a great player and all professionals.”
Chiu is considered one of the nice guys of poker and lived up to that reputation by dedicating his victory to former Los Angeles Lakers owner and poker player Jerry Bruss who passed away earlier this year.
“I am dedicating this gold bracelet to Dr. Jerry Buss,” Chiu said.
“This is for him, because he had so much love for this game.
“We all miss him so much, I wanted to do this for him and it’s why I played so hard to win.”
Chiu had to wait eight years to win another WSOP bracelet but he doesn’t believe the game has passed him by, especially in games like stud.
“All the younger guys play No-Limit Hold’em, but the old-school guys still have Stud and all the mixed games,” Chiu said.
“If I did not think I have what it takes to play, I would not compete.”
With his fifth World Series victory Chiu joins some of the poker elite, like Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Stu Ungar, Scotty Nguyen, Jeff Lisandro, Allen Cunningham, Berry Johnston, Chris Ferguson and Gary Berland, as the holder of five World Series of Poker bracelets but said he will continue to maintain a low profile.
“I’m really low key, I’m not into being a celebrity,” Chiu said.
“I’m just a normal person who likes to play poker.”
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
Leading professional poker player Michael Mizrachi is well placed after the opening day of the 2013 European Poker Tour Berlin Main Event.
“The Grinder” finished Day 1b of the tournament as the chip leader and is currently sitting in fourth place overall with 175,400 in chips.
Mizrachi isn’t a regular on the European Poker Tour but is well placed to add an EPT Title to his three World Series of Poker bracelets and his two World Poker Tour Titles.
“I haven’t played many EPT events, I think this might only be my third one,” Mizrachi told Poker News.
“I am coming here because my brother is actually DJing at the 42nd Club on Wednesday.
“I came out for that and there was a tournament here so I thought why not come out a few days earlier.”
Mizrachi was full of his typical confidence and said he was looking forward to Wednesday night as a celebration for his tournament victory.
“It should be a great party but first I have to take care of business so that I can have money to spend on Wednesday night,” Mizrachi said.
“I’m looking forward to winning this tournament and having a great turnout.”
Mizrachi still has a long way to go to win the tournament with 314 players still remaining in contention.
Ronny Voth (196,100) is the current chip leader with Mike Kunze (188,000), Thomas Richter (176,100), Mizrachi (175,400) and Sebastian Trisch (173,500) rounding out the top five.
Notable players who were eliminated on the opening day of the tournament included: Paul Volpe, David Williams, Mike McDonald, Justin Bonomo and Rupert Elder.
The tournament continues today with flights A and B coming together for day two of the event.
The remaining players are doing battle for a total prize pool of €4,560,000 and a first place prize of €880,000.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
Paul Klann has overcome a star-studded field to win the 2013 World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic.
Klann defeated 516 other players, including forty-three former World Poker Tour Champions, to win his first major tournament and take home the first place prizemoney of $1,004,090.
The Canadian was delighted to score what was easily the biggest result of his poker career.
“It’s amazing, its feels great and completely surreal,” Klann said.
Klann took a conservative approach to the final table and was able to survive to the heads-up battle without eliminating a player from the final table.
Klann’s heads-up opponent Paul Volpe had taken the opposite approach and was extremely aggressive, dominating the final table.
Klann made a tactical decision to switch gears entering the heads-up battle and after only a dozen hands had eliminated Volpe’s two to one chip lead.
The final hand was virtually a flip for the tournament with Klann’s King-Ten holding up against Volpe’s Jack-Nine.
“My game plan was to be a lot more aggressive heads-up, so that worked out and was exactly what I did,” Klann said.
The affable Canadian could not wipe the smile off his face and was beaming with excitement when asked how he planned to spend his $1 million payday.
“I’m sure my wife has already spent it,” Klann laughed.
Klann took part in the 2012 World Poker Tour Bay 101 Shooting Star event, eliminating WPT commentator Mike Sexton, and said he was likely to return to the tournament this year.
“I could probably use a little bit of a rest between now and then,” Klann said.
The 2013 Bay 101 Shooting Star tournament has begun with bounties Faraz Jaka, Mohsin Charania and Michael Mizrachi already eliminated.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, January 28th, 2013
The always controversial Mike Matusow defeated fellow poker veteran Phil Hellmuth to win the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship at Caesars Palace on Sunday.
Matusow defeated Michael Mizrachi, Viktor Blom, Barry Greenstein, John Hennigan and Scott Seiver before beating Hellmuth in the final to claim the prestigious title and the first place prize of $750,000.
The victory was Matusow’s biggest payday since he made the final table of the 2005 World Series of Poker and his first tournament win the 2010 Florida State Poker Championship.
Matusow was extremely emotional after the victory and thanked all the supporters who had stuck by him.
“And God said let the cards break even… and they did,” Matusow said on Twitter.
“Thanks to all my supporters and fans was such a great win.”
Matusow had tears in his eyes when he accepted the Championship Ring and said he was proud that the victory represented a victory for the old guys.
“Yes, it is just a poker tournament, but it means a lot,” Matusow said.
For guys like me and Phil [Hellmuth], where everyone was making fun and upset that the final was us two, ‘Oh Phil and Mike, what are they doing in the final?’”
“You know what, we are the old guys, but where are the young players? They’re not here. We are.”
Hellmuth was attempting to become the first player to win the NBC Nationals Heads-Up Championship on multiple occasions but was extremely classy in defeat and paid credit to his good friend Matusow.
“The world doesn’t understand how great a guy Mike is,” Hellmuth said.
“I tip my hat to him.”
The NBC National Heads-Up Championship will be televised in March with ratings expected to soar thanks to the deep runs of Matusow and Hellmuth.
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