Michael Mizrachi Grinds Out a Victory at 2011 WSOPE Event #5

By Robbie Strazynski
October 16, 2011

A total of 125 hopefuls entered the €10,400 buy-in Split Format No Limit Hold’em Event at the World Series of Poker Europe creating a whopping €1.2 million prize pool. As with all poker tournaments, however, only one player can emerge victorious, and for the second time in 2 years, Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi came out on top to secure a bracelet, defeating Shawn Buchanan heads up.

Michael Mizrachi Wins Event #5 at WSOPE

This, the 5th event at this year’s WSOPE, offered a creative new twist to the poker tournament format, as Day 1 started off will full 9-handed tables and Day 2 featured only 6-handed play until just 16 players remained, all of whom would make the money. All play from there on out was heads-up, in bracket format, until one player came out victorious.

Last year, as many readers may recall, Mizrachi had a banner year at the World Series of Poker, first winning the $50,000 Players’ Championship, only to follow it up with a November Nine appearance at the WSOP Main Event. Along with his second career bracelet, Mizrachi also won €336,008. The win catapults Mizrachi to sixth place on the all-time list of money won, with just a shade under $12 million won in total over his career. Some more Mizrachi numbers: At just 30 years of age, the Grinder now has 26 cashes at the WSOP and a whopping 13 6-figure cashes altogether. Maybe it’s time to move him up a bit on my list of the Top 10 Jews in Poker? 🙂



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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded in 2009. A veteran poker writer and presenter, Robbie hosts the CardsChat Podcast as well as The Orbit, a first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion live broadcast on featuring poker’s biggest names and personalities. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of poker legend Eli Elezra (Pulling the Trigger) from Hebrew into English. Robbie’s “Running […]


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