WSOP 2010 Event 2 - Michael Mizrachi Wins $50,000 Poker Player's Championship
Event #2 at the 2010 WSOP, the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship has played out to completion over the last two days and the "True World Champion of Poker" has been crowned.
WSOP 2010 Event 2 winner Michael Mizrachi
Day 4 saw the final 21 players turn out to try and make the money of the event. Michael Mizrachi was the chip leader heading into Day 4. Although he was the Day 2 chip leader, Kirk Morrison was the unfortunate bubble boy of the event. He had a huge low and flush draw during Razz and missed both. The final 16 players of the event were paid. Among them was Andy Bloch in 16th, Lyle Berman in 12th, and Alexander Kostritsyn in 10th. Nick Shulman was the final table bubble boy, finishing in 9th place.
Day 5 of the event was the televised final table for ESPN. Robert Mizrachi entered the final table as chip leader. Michael Mizrachi also made the final table with John Juanda and David Oppenheim.
Robert Mizrachi fell to his brother in 5th place after his A-10 was outdrawn by Michael's Q-J. John Juanda went out in fourth when his K-9 failed to outdraw pocket tens from Vladimir Schmelev. David Oppenheim went out in 3rd when his pocket eights were outdrawn by Michael Mizrachi's K-Q.
Going into heads-up play, Mizrachi held the chip lead but soon lost that lead. Schmelev had a 2 to 1 chip lead when Mizrachi's A-7 of clubs managed to complete a flush on the river against a turned straight from Schmelev. Once the two were even, Mizrachi went on an epic run where he could not seem to lose. As the end approach, Mizrachi had a 30 to 1 chip lead. With only 500k left in his stack, Schmelev moved in with Q-8. Mizrachi called and was behind with Q-5. However, luck was on Mizrachi's side as he caught a five on the turn, and that pair of five were good enough to win him the title.
Michael Mizrachi is the Champion of the $50,000 Poker Player's Championship. He received $1,559.046 for his amazing come from behind win. He also received a gold championship bracelet and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. A WSOP bracelet was about the only thing missing from Mizrachi's poker resume, and that void has now been filled.
Below are the final table finishers and payouts in WSOP Event 2: