Seat 5: MICHAEL MIZRACHI (Miami, Florida, USA – 14,450,000 in chips)
The highest profile player at the final table, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi enters with the weight of the world on his shoulders. But he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Apart from being the most recognized member of the November Nine, Mizrachi is a dream for ESPN because his life story reads like that of a Hollywood movie. Before entering this year’s World Series “The Grinder” was in financial dire straits. After being hit with a mammoth bill for unpaid taxes, he was forced to put his home on the market, and some wondered whether he would be able to play at this year’s series.
He not only played, he won. Everything. First up he took down $1,559,046 and the Chip Reese Trophy when Mizrachi won the $50,000 Players Championship. Then came final tables in the Stud and Limit Hold’em World Championships. He also cashed in another $2,500 Mixed Event. His tax troubles to bed, Mizrachi turned his focus to the Main Event and making history.
Mizrachi will become the first player to win the Players Championship, World Series Player of the Year and the Main Event all in one year, if he wins it all in November. He will also become the highest earning tournament player of all time overtaking all of the biggest names in the game.
It’s clear he’ll have the support of the majority of fans at the final table. He could also have a movie deal by the time it’s all done.
ON THE EIGHTH DAY:
All eyes were on Mizrachi on the Day 8 of the WSOP Main Event. He came into the day sixteenth in chips and bidding to make history, but he was far from a certainty to reach the final nine. But Mizrachi lived up to his nickname, “The Grinder” and played a solid game from the short-stack all day.
While the bigger stacks fell around him Mizrachi was patiently accumulating just enough chips to stay alive and fend off the blinds from eating away at his stack. It’s a position where Mizrachi is most comfortable having taken out the Player Championship earlier in the series despite being shortstacked for the vast majority of the time.
Late in the day Mizrachi started to make his moves as others tightened up around him and managed to build his stack to around 16,000,000 chips. He lost a couple of million around the final table bubble to drop him back to 14,450,000, which is where he currently sits.
That’s good for seventh place, and is certainly also a workable stack. Just like day eight, all eyes and cameras will be on Mizrachi when the November Nine gets underway.
The WSOP Main Event begins on November 6th with the winner crowned on November 8th.
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