Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi won the 2012 WSOP Poker Players Championship, the second time he has won the prestigious $ 50,000 buy-in bracelet event. The championship tournament, a rival to the WSOP Main Event’s claim as being the most prestigious event of the entire series, mixes up the eight most popular forms of poker. Outlasting a starting field of 108 of the best poker players in the world brought Mizrachi the first place prize of $ 1,451,527. It was the third WSOP gold bracelet of Mizrachi’s career.
Mizrachi, a 30-year-old poker professional from Florida, has won his three bracelets in three consecutive years. He was one of the November Nine finalists at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 5th place for a $ 2,332,992 prize.
Next up for Mizrachi is the $ 1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop event, which kicks off today in Las Vegas.
Mizrachi’s win in the Poker Players Championship in 2010 brought him a prize of $ 1,559,046. His second gold bracelet was in the €10,400 buy-in Split-Format event at 2011 WSOP Europe, and his prize was €336,008 (about $ 420,000).
According to media sources, Mizrachi is called “the Grinder” due to his never-give-up mentality.
The Poker Players Championship was Event #45 in the 2012 World Series of Poker schedule. The total prize pool for the event was $ 5,184,000 and the top 16 players got paid. Winning the event gave Mizrachi the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy named for the late Chip Reese, who won the inaugural event in 2006.
Chris Klodnicki finished second in the event for a prize of $ 896,935, and Andy Bloch was third for $ 561,738.