Sign Up For Card Player's Newsletter And Free Bi-Monthly Online Magazine


Poker Training

Newsletter and Magazine

Sign Up

Find Your Local

Card Room


Michael Mizrachi Wins Second Gold Bracelet; Philippe Boucher Wins First

Mizrachi And Boucher Win WSOP-E Bracelets In New Events


Michael Mizrachi celebrates second gold braceletWith two bracelets to be given out before the World Series of Poker Europe finds its main event champion, all eyes were on event no.5, a €10,400 buy-in no-limit hold’em split format tournament. Many of the best from both the live and online poker worlds had taken part in the new event and out of that a worthy champion emerged.

Michael Mizrachi topped a field of 125 to take home the first-place prize of €336,008 plus his second gold bracelet (in two years). The four-day event started off nine-handed, changed to sixhanded on the second day, and on days three and four players went heads up. In the final stages of the event “The Grinder” faced down Kent Lundmark, Brian Hastings, Roger Hairabedian, and Shawn Buchanan and when the dust settled the only player left standing was Mizrachi.

His final opponent, Buchanan, had been playing well having cashed already in two other WSOPE events but he had a 2:1 chip disadvantage when it came to the final stand and Mizrachi made sure he wasn’t going to make a comeback. A key hand saw Mizrachi take the best part of Buchanan’s stack when a river all-in move forced Buchanan to fold. However the final hand came when Buchanan raised, Mizrachi moved all in, and Buchanan called flipping over AClub Suit JDiamond Suit. Mizrachi revealed AHeart Suit 10Diamond Suit and a 10Club Suit in the window was enough to get him a shiny, new, gold bracelet.

Here are the final results and payouts:

1. Michael Mizrachi — €336,008 (720 Card Player POY Points)
2. Shawn Buchanan — €207,624 (600 POY Points)
3. Roger Hairabedian — €112,092 (480 POY Points)
4. Noah Schwartz — €112,092 (360 POY Points)

Some notables who made it to the final stages also were Dan Fleyshman, Brian Powell, and Brian Hastings who finished fifth, sixth, and eighth respectively, for €54,810, and Jason Mercier, Matthew Waxman, and Erik Seidel who finished ninth, eleventh, and twelfth respectively, for €26,618.

Mizrachi earned 720 POY points with his win bringing him up to 62nd place (1,920 points) on the leader board from 230th. Buchanan also takes a leap to 74th place with the addition of 720 points for finishing runner-up.

Philippe Boucher wins first gold braceletPhilippe Boucher Wins Event No. 6 For €124,584

Another event which wrapped up was event no. 6, a €1,620 buy-in sixhanded pot-limit Omaha tournament. This event was also a new addition to the WSOPE schedule and its debut attracted 339 players. Philippe Boucher, a Quebec-born Canadian currently living in Vegas, was crowned the champion after a 3.5 hour final.

It took more than an hour and a half to lose a player but after that Dattani took control of the reins. The 29-year-old poker pro took on the remaining players and sent them to the rail one by one until he reached his heads-up opponent, Portuguese player Michel Dattani.

Boucher then finished what he started and when Dattani was down to just a few chips, the final hand came. Dattani made it 30,000, Boucher bet enough to put him all in if he called, and Dattani did. Boucher held ASpade Suit QClub Suit 10Diamond Suit 9Club Suit while Dattani showed AClub Suit ADiamond Suit JClub Suit 7Spade Suit. The board was dealt 8Club Suit 6Club Suit 6Diamond Suit JSpade Suit QHeart Suit and Boucher walked away €124,584 richer, with a very important bracelet to add to his wardrobe.

If Dattani had of beaten the unstoppable Boucher he would have become the first Portuguese bracelet holder in the history of the WSOP. He did however become the highest-finishing Portuguese player, and that with the runner-up prize of €76,982 should be of some consolation.

Here are the final results and payouts:
1. Philippe Boucher €124,584 (816 Card Player POY Points)
2. Michel Dattani €76,982 (680 POY Points)
3. Nicolas Fierro €53,426 (544 POY Points)
4. Alexander Dovzhenko €37,529 (408 POY Points)
5. Jared Solomon €26,676 (340 POY Points)
6. Jack Ellwood €19,181 (272 POY Points)

The next player to be crowned in Cannes will be the main event champion so stay with to find out just who that will be.