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Robert Mizrachi Nabs World Poker Tour Title At Venetian

43-Year-Old Florida Pro Banks $894,100 In Las Vegas


The World Poker Tour main event at Venetian in Las Vegas wrapped up Sunday night with veteran grinder Robert Mizrachi coming away with his first WPT title and a massive payday of $894,100.

Mizrachi topped a field of 1,178 in the $5,000 buy-in tournament, taking home the lion’s share of the $5,418,800 prize pool. The 43-year-old increased his lifetime tournament earnings to $8.7 million.

Robert was joined by his brother Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi in the winner’s circle, who has two WPT titles of his own. At one point during the tournament, the two were even randomly seated side by side. The two are now the only siblings in tour history to each win a WPT event. Robert also has four World Series of Poker bracelets, while Michael has five.

Robert had previously come close to winning a WPT event, having made three previous final tables. His best was a third-place showing at the Hard Rock Poker Showdown in 2017.

This event, which is part of the Venetian’s ongoing DeepStack Championship Series, featured three starting flights, and had no problem surpassing the posted $4 million guarantee. The final 148 players each made the money, taking home a minimum of $8,500.

Notables who made deep runs included Tony Tran (9th), Mike Eskandari (10th), Dapo Ajayi (14th), Rainer Kempe (16th), Valerie Novak (17th), Boris Kolev (18th), Hossein Ensan (20th), Alex Keating (21st), Kane Kalas (22nd), Jerry Wong (24th), and Joe Serock (27th).

Javier Zarco was looking for his second major victory at the Venetian, having previously won the CPPT DeepStack main event in 2017 for $557,804. Instead he settled for sixth place and $188,000. He was joined at the final table by fellow Spanish high roller Juan Pardo, who took eighth for $113,000.

Mizrachi defeated Nebraska’s Mike Vanier heads-up in a match that took just six hands. Mizrachi held a 4:1 chip lead and quickly converted it into the win, flopping two pair with A-7 against Vanier’s K-10. Vanier banked $595,000, the biggest score of his career.

Michael Sweats Robert From The RailThe Mizrachis are among the most notable siblings in poker, as even younger brothers Donnie and Eric play the game. In fact, all four managed to cash in the 2010 WSOP main event.

There’s also Sam, Max, and Lucas Greenwood from Toronto, Canada. Both Sam and Max each have a bracelet, and all three compete in high rollers both live and online. Missouri’s Blair and Grant Hinkle each have a WSOP bracelet as well, and their younger brother Mason came close this summer to adding one of his own.

And of course, there’s the embattled Howard Lederer and Annie Duke. A decorated duo that has largely been absent from the poker community following the Full Tilt Poker and Epic Poker League debacles.

Final Table Results

Place Player Earnings POY
1 Robert Mizrachi $894,100 1,920
2 Mike Vanier $595,000 1,600
3 Yulian Bogdanov $440,000 1,280
4 Leon Sturm $327,000 960
5 Raul Manzanares $247,000 800
6 Javier Zarco $188,000 640
7 Arian Stolt $145,000 480
8 Juan Pardo $113,000 320
9 Tony Tran $89,000 160

Winner photo credit: World Poker Tour/Joe Giron