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It's Good to be The Grinder

by Roy Winston |  Published: Aug 17, '10

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So last night here at the Merit Casino in Cyprus I played in one of the craziest pot limit Omaha games I have ever been involved in. It was a 25-50 with a straddle on the button of $100. Michael Mizrachi and Chino Rheem as well as 5 locals were in the game. It seemed as if half the pots had two or more players all in. Before I get to the details all I can say is it’s good to be the Grinder, or like the old Jordan TV ad, “I want to be like Mike.” I was really happy to see him have such a great WSOP run and hopefully he can win in November.

To begin with Michael is one of the first pro’s I played with when I started playing tournament poker. I remember the first big pot we played was in 2006 Festa al Lago at Bellagio in a 10k WPT event and we were in the money. He was playing very aggressively, had a lot of chips and was in total control of the table. I was nursing a 20 big blind stack and just trying to survive. I was in the small blind and he was immediately to my left in the big blind, and finally I picked up two kings and after the cut-off made it 3 big blinds, I moved all in. Grinder called and of course had AA. It was incredible having watched him play for hours with 68 off-suit, now he had AA. Anyway, I learned a lot that day watching him and his outstanding post flop play, which is where he excels.

Back to the present, so last night a couple of hours into the game an early position player potted it for $500 and Michael was in the big blind and called. The flop came 23Q with two spades, and he checks, the original raiser posts for about $1,700 and the one other player folds, it comes around to Michael and he re-pots and they quickly wind up all-in. the turn comes a 3 and the river a seven with no flush coming. The other player shows two aces and that he had the nut flush draw, Michael flips over 345Q with 2 spades as well, and dragged the pot. Nice to flop top two with a straight and flush draw, fill up and double up.

Next at about 3am he asked if there were any massage girls in the place and the floor person said “impossible tonight.” Then Rob Peltekci, who along with his brother Michael Peltekci run the casino operations at Merit, came over and said let me see what I can do. He then comes back and said he found one at home in bed who will be right over. She arrived 20 minutes later looking like she just got out of bed and proceeded to work on mike for the next two hours.
It’s good to be the Grinder, wins the 50k first WSOP event, then 4 more cashes, three of them final tables, and with a little luck the main event.

Roy Winston finished 16th in 2007 Card Player, Player of the Year race. He won the WPT Borgata Poker Open and finished the year with well over $2 million in tournament poker winnings. Roy plays online exclusively at Full Tilt. For more information on Roy Winston, you can visit his website: www.oraclepoker.net or send an email to: winstonpoker@yahoo.com with your questions or comments. The contents presented herein on this blog are purely the opinions of Roy Winston, and are not intended to reflect or promote the opinions of any other person, group, or entity. If you like what I write than thanks for reading, and if not well, thanks anyway.

 
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The_Poker_Commentator
over 11 years ago

You do realize he was broke two months ago? You fail to mention this in your blog. Either you 1)know about this and fail to state it because you want to keep him on your good side or 2)know about this and fail to mention it because you are giving him a passive-agressive dig or 3)do not know he was broke two months ago. Either of the three options makes you an a-hole.

 
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The_Poker_Commentator
over 11 years ago

Oh yea and why are you a blogger on this website? Your poker tournament results are mediocre and I'm sure you are a loser in the cash games.

 
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LiveActionPro
over 11 years ago

FYI, The grinder Got very little, after his 50k win, so heres the deal since I know alot about the poker player. We all know that the Mizrachi brothers are sponcerd by Patrick Antonison, well after paying taxes, then paying off his makeup, a good friend of mine and the Grinder (we will call him the Express) only cleared about 80k = )oh lots of his action in the WSOP is going to Patrick too.

 
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RoyWinston
over 11 years ago

I don't often respond to these nonsense comments, but in this case I will make an exception. Mike is a great guy whom I have known for years to always be a good friend and great player. What is tax situation is or who put him in an event means little to me, he played great with a skill set few players have. In fact he just finished day one of the high roller event here in Cyprus with many great players including Ivey and is way above average in chips.

He and his brothers and their families are some of the best people in poker and to say or imply otherwise is ridiculous, shame on the jealous haters.

And like I have said before until you are willing to sign your name to something that you write it means little, you are just little people with little minds and I guess you know what else.

Roy Winston

 
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Itsanewday
over 11 years ago

Roy,
I am so glad you responded to these idiots, usually I think ignore them, but why the f would you mention anything about the grinders taxes in that blog entry??? These people are so jealous of others; they are jealous of you, jealous of the grinder, jealous of anyone enjoying a bit of success, it is so pathetic. Roy I hope I see you at next years wsop so I can shake your hand and wish you luck, I love reading your blog. keep it up!

 
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imalittlefish
over 11 years ago

I completely agree with Itsanewday. These shallow minded people only look for reasons to try and bitch about something on here because they are so full of jealousy it is ridiculous. Who gives a rats ass what the Grinders tax situation is? Why does it matter to ANY of you low lifes that are reading these blogs. Now go back to your play money SNG's and keep your mouths shut!!!!!!!!

 
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The_Poker_Commentator
over 11 years ago

I was not saying that the Grinder was not a good person. Rather I was saying that you - Roy Winston are being very passive-agressive in your blog. You have said that it is good to be the Grinder knowing full well that he was in a bad financial situation. You completely oversee this point.

 
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showtime629
over 11 years ago

You do realize he was broke two months ago? You fail to mention this in your blog. Either you 1)know about this and fail to state it because you want to keep him on your good side or 2)know about this and fail to mention it because you are giving him a passive-agressive dig or 3)do not know he was broke two months ago. Either of the three options makes you an a-hole.
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You have NO CLUE if MM was broke or not. And if you are a complete idiot, and going off of the fact that he foreclosed on property in Florida, than you are an even bigger moron than you lead on. The housing market there sucks, and in many cases it is better to foreclose on a house if you owe more to the bank than it is currently worth.

 
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WPS22
over 11 years ago

bmpek- You are way beyond a hater. Your obsession with the finances of others is downright perverse. You have commented with a stupid tax joke on every single article on this site that has mentioned the grinders name. If you are so delusional that you tell yourself you are doing it for the children, thats just hilarious. You really think you are helping children? What about all the hate you spew on every other blog? Does constantly talking about Daniel's sexuality help the children too? You have never said a single positive thing. I just feel so ignorant, I just always assumed you were an angry, scared, middle aged white man who knows the world is passing him by. I guess you are really just an advocate for the children.

btw Roy in no way "put him on a podium" as you state. He just said his name in the blog title and talked about a PLO hand he won. Why don't you go do something with your life then maybe you'll be known as something other than an angry old man who spews hatred online.

As far as I can tell, the thing you are most proud of is your claim to have played with Daniel a long time ago. Now he's rich and famous, you aren't, and you hate him. Is that a coincidence?

 
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pwrptr51
over 11 years ago

this is like the guy that badmouths an unskilled player at the table (actually calls him an idiot) ...only to find that he needs the 'idiot' in surgery the next morning!

I mean the part about badmouthing and the part about the surgeon...

Agua Poker... Peter 'not afraid to sign my name' Power...

say hi to my old pal Kevin O'donnell

 
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