Monday, Oct 17, 2011 Grinder Wins Second Bracelet, WSOPE Main Event Largest Ever
As the 2011 WSOPE hits the home stretch, Michael Mizrachi grinded his way to his second bracelet in the €10,400 Split Format Event and the Main Event has drawn the largest field in WSOPE history.
French-Canadian Phillippe Boucher also won his first bracelet in the €1,620 Six-Handed PLO Event.
Michael Mizrachi Wins €10,400 NL Hold'em Split Event Bracelet
Day 2 of the €10,400 No-Limit Texas Hold'em Split Format Event started with several big names looking for a shot at WSOP gold.
Eric Seidel, Brian Hastings, Michael Mizrachi, Dan Fleyshman, Jason Mercier, Noah Schwartz and Shawn Buchanan were all in contention once the final 16 took to the felt.
Starting with 16 players left the format switched to heads-up and during the round of 16 we lost both Seidel and Mercier, leaving Mizrachi as the only player that could add to his career WSOP bracelet total.
Mizrachi took advantage of his and took out Hastings in the elite 8 and then French poker icon Roger Hairabedian to make the finals.
Shawn Buchanan battled Noah Schwartz in the final four and eventually faced Mizrachi for the bracelet.
Heading into the final heads-up matchup, Mizrachi started as the chip leader with 2.3 million vs. the 1.3 million of Buchanan.
As expected, the Grinder lived up to his namesake and ground Buchanan down to just 480,000 before the final hand.
The last hand saw Mizrachi move all-in with A-10, but he found himself dominated by the A-J of Buchanan.
Mizrachi told Buchanan that he was pretty good at these situations and proceeded to flop top pair on a 10c-6s-3d board.
Buchanan needed a jack to survive, but the turn and river both fell a deuce and Mizrachi was the champion.
Michael Mizrachi proved that his victory in the Poker Players Championship in 2010 was not a fluke as he took down the €10,400 NL Hold'em Split Format bracelet and €336,008 in prize money.
Philippe Boucher Wins €1,620 Six-Handed PLO Bracelet
Nicolas Fierro led after Day 1 of Event #6, the €1,620 Six-Handed PLO, and proceeded to repeat that feat on Day 2 by making the final table as the chip leader.
At the final, he was joined by Jarred Soloman and Alexander Dovzhenko. The only non-European at this final table was Canadian Phillippe Boucher. He started the day second in chips.
Fierro was unable to seal the deal and take down the bracelet as he faltered and busted in 3rd place to Boucher. In fact, Boucher had eliminated every opponent at the final table to this point.
Heads-up play for the bracelet was between Boucher and Michel Dattani of Portugal.
Boucher began the heads-up match with 1 million in chips to around 500,000 for Dattani.
Boucher quickly took control of the matchup and ground Dattani down to 78,000 chips before Dattani could take a pot.
The final hand of the matchup saw Dattani put the last of his chips at risk with Ac-Ad-Jc-7d against the As-Qc-10d-9c of Boucher.
The flop 8c-6c-6d gave Dattani the nut flush draw and Boucher a straight draw.
The turn Js improved Boucher's straight draw and the river Qh gave Boucher a queen-high straight and the victory.
Philippe Boucher dominates the final table of the €1,620 Six-Handed PLO Event to take the bracelet and €124,584 in prize money.
WSOPE Main Event Largest in History
When the WSOP Europe moved to Cannes, it was due in large part to Cannes' ability to host more players than the smaller casino venues in London can.
That move paid off as this years WSOPE Main Event is now the largest in the event's history.
Over two starting days, the Main Event drew a crowd of 593 players, smashing the record of 362 runners in 2010.
Jamie Rosen will start Day 2 as the chip leader when the two Day 1 fields combine on Monday.
Among those still in strong contention are Alex Kostritsyn, Robert Mizrachi, Tony G, John Racener, 2010 WSOPE Main Event Champion James Bord, Carlos Mortensen, Chad Brown and Johnny Chan.