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Buy-In: $50,000
Prize Pool: $5,568,000
Entrants: 116

Event 2 - $50,000 Players Championship

  • May 28, '10 - Jun 01, '10


Updates on Final Day (Jun 01, 10)


Level 28: The Grinder Wins Event No. 2

Blinds: 50,000-100,000 with a 30,000 ante

Players Remaining: 1 out of 8

Average Chip Count: 8,750,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Michael Mizrachi — 15,000,000

Notable Eliminations:

2nd Place – Vladimir Schmelev – $963,375

Big Hands:

The GrinderGrinding Into Contention

Michael Mizrachi raised to 200,000 from the button and Vladimir Schmelev re-raised to 750,000. Mizrachi moved all in and Schmelev called. The Grinder’s tournament life was in the dealer’s hands.

Mizrachi showed AClub Suit7Club Suit and was trailing Schmelev’s ADiamond SuitJDiamond Suit.

The flop made things interesting, coming KClub Suit9Club Suit10Diamond Suit to give the Grinder the nut flush draw.

The QHeart Suit turn gave Schmelev the broadway straight, but he still wasn’t out of harm’s way.

When the 5Club Suit hit on the river, Mizrachi’s posse erupted to celebrate his flush and double up.

The stacks were pretty much even after the hand, with Mizrachi holding 8.8 million to Schmelev’s 8.6 million.

The Grinder Trips Up The Russian

After trading hands and keeping the chip stacks relatively even for much of the level, the Grinder began chipping away and then took a big chunk of Schmelev’s chips in one sudden hand.

Mizrachi raised from the button to 225,000 and was called by Schmelev. Both players checked the QDiamond Suit8Spade SuitASpade Suit and again on the 3Club Suit turn. On the 3Heart Suit river Schmelev bet out 250,000 and Mizrachi over-raised hugely, to two million.

Schmelev called and Mizrachi excitedly threw down the 3Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit for trip treys. Schmelev mucked and was crippled with around 600,000 after the hand.

The Grinder Gets His First Bracelet… Schmelev Out in 2nd Place ($963,375)

Mizrachi moved all in and Schmelev couldn’t afford to fold. He called and had to be pleased to see he was a big favorite, with his QDiamond Suit8Spade Suit out-kicking Mizrachi’s QSpade Suit5Club Suit.

The flop left several outs for Grinder, coming 9Heart Suit6Heart Suit4Club Suit. The Grinder-heavy rail chanted for a “Five!” and sure enough, that’s exactly what they got. The 5Heart Suit hit on the turn and the place went wild. The Grinder pumped his fists but then realized the hand wasn’t over and motioned the rail to calm down.

When the 4Diamond Suit hit on the river, it was official: Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi was the winner of this year’s Players Championship, and finally an owner of a WSOP bracelet, taking home $1,559,046.

The Russian, Schmelev finished the Players Championship with a strong second place, earning $963,375 along the way.

Player Tags: Michael Mizrachi

Level 27: Grinder Rolls, Oppenheim Out in 3rd Place

Blinds: 45,000-90,000 with a 25,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 8

Average Chip Count: 8,750,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Vladimir Schmelev – 12,975,000
2. Michael Mizrachi — 4,425,000

Notable Eliminations:
3rd Place. David Oppenheim — $603,348

Big Hands:

The GrinderGrinding Into Contention

Formerly the low stack at the table, Michael Mizrachi used the previous level to put himself right back in the thick of things.

Early in this level, he has only continued his grind to the top.

In one hand he was heads up in a limped pot with David Oppenheim. On a flop of 7Diamond Suit6Heart Suit7Club Suit both players checked. Mizrachi bet 150,000 on the 2Spade Suit turn and Oppenheim made the call. When the QSpade Suit completed the board Mizrachi bet 280,000 and Oppenheim took his time before calling.

Mizrachi showed 6Spade Suit4Spade Suit for two pair and took down the pot.

Two hands later the two locked up again when Oppenheim raised to 260,000 from the button and Mizrachi called from the big blind. The Grinder checked the 5Club Suit9Club Suit2Diamond Suit flop and so did Oppenheim. The 9Spade Suit came on the turn and both players again checked, bringing up the 8Spade Suit river card.

This time Mizrachi led out with 500,000 and Oppenheim insta-called. Mizrachi showed QHeart Suit9Heart Suit for trips and took the pot and with it, the chip lead.

David OppenheimGrinder Busts Oppenheim In 3rd Place ($603,348)

Vladimir Schmelev raised to 225,000 from the button, only to have Michael Mizrachi reraise to 600,000 from the small blind. David Oppenheim reraised all in for 2.7 million and Schmelev got out of the way. The Grinder tanked, eventually calling him down.

Mizrachi showed KClub SuitQSpade Suit and was in a classic coin flip against 8Club Suit8Diamond Suit. The flop was no help to Mizrachi, coming 9Diamond Suit6Spade Suit4Spade Suit. Neither was the 7Club Suit on the turn. But when the QDiamond Suit hit on the river, the Grinder fan club went wild. Grinder connected for a pair of queens to send Oppenheim to the rail in third place.

Mizrachi now has 10.9 million in chips — a solid chip lead over heads up opponent Schmelev.

Schmelev Strikes First Blood

Michael Mizrachi raised to 245,000 and Vladimir Schmelev re-raised to 790,000. Mizrachi made the call and the flop came 3Spade Suit9Heart SuitQDiamond Suit. Schmelev led out with a 1.1 million bet and Mizrachi made the call. Both players checked the QClub Suit turn and the river brought the 6Diamond Suit.

Both players checked again and Schmelev sheepishly turned over 8Spade Suit6Club Suit to show that he had been firing with air but connected for a pair on the river. It was good enough to take the pot of around 4 million, and with it the chip lead.


Level 26: Grinder Stays In The Mix

Blinds: 40,000-80,000 with a 20,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 8

Average Chip Count: 4,350,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Vladimir Schmelev — 6,700,000
2. Michael Mizrachi – 6,100,000
3. David Oppenheim — 5,000,000

Notable Eliminations:

Big Hands:

Michael MizrachiGrinder Hanging Tough

Michael Mizrachi raised to 200,000 and got one caller in Vladimir Schmelev.

Both players checked the flop of 4Spade SuitAHeart Suit10Diamond Suit and the ADiamond Suit hit on the turn. Schmelev fired 200,000 and Mizrachi called.

The QSpade Suit hit on the river and this time Schmelev slowed down and checked. Mizrachi fired 375,000 and Schmelev called.

Mizrachi showed QDiamond Suit10Spade Suit for two pair and Schmelev mucked. The pot put Mizrachi right back in the mix of things with around 4,600,000 in chips. He continued to “grind” his way back up throughout the rest of the level and currently sits with 6,100,000 in chips, good enough for second.

Oppenheim Finds Aces

David Oppenheim raised to 230,000 from the small blind and Vladimir Schmelev called from the big blind. On a flop of KDiamond Suit7Spade Suit5Heart Suit Oppenheim fires 300,000 and gets a call. The 5Spade Suit hit on the turn and Oppenheim checks. On cue, Schmelev bet 350,000 and Oppenheim makes the call.
On the JHeart Suit river both players checked and Oppenheim showed ASpade SuitAClub Suit to win the hand.


Level 25: Michael Eliminates Brother Robert in 5th Place

Blinds: 30,000-60,000 with a 15,000 ante

Players Remaining: 3 out of 8

Average Chip Count: 4,350,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. David Oppenheim – 9,800,000
2. Vladimir Schmele — 5,000,000
3. Michael Mizrachi — 2,500,000

Notable Eliminations:
5th. Robert Mizrachi — $341,429
4th. John Juanda — $436,856

Big Hands:

No Limit Hold’em

OppenheimOppenheim Trips Up Grinder

David Oppenheim started the day with just 460,000 in chips, far and away the lowest of all remaining players. Since then he has worked his way into a runaway chip lead. His latest victim was the Grinder.

Oppenheim raised to 175,000 and was called by Michael Mizrachi. On a flop of QSpade Suit4Spade Suit5Diamond Suit. Oppenheim led out for 235,000 and Mizrachi raised to 735,000.

On the 8Heart Suit turn Oppenheim checked and Mizrachi fired out a cool million bet. Oppenheim moved in and Mizrachi called to see the bad news.

Oppenheim showed 4Heart Suit4Club Suit for a set, and was way ahead of Mizrachi’s ADiamond SuitQClub Suit for top pair. The 2Spade Suit river gave the pot to Oppenheim, who now sits well above the rest of the table with 8.3 million in chips. Mizrachi is down to 1.1 million.

Robert MizrachiCain & Abel: Michael KOs Brother Robert in 5th Place ($341,429)

Michael Mizrachi raised to 200,000 and brother Robert moved all in for 465,000. Michael made the call and they showed down their hands.
Robert: AClub Suit10Heart Suit
Grinder: QHeart SuitJClub Suit

Robert was still a favorite after the 8Spade Suit2Heart Suit3Club Suit but the JHeart Suit turn gave the Grinder a pair, and he hung on through the 2Club Suit to eliminate his brother in 5th place.

Juanda Out in 4th Place ($436,856)

John Juanda moved all in for his last 1.3 million and Vladimir Schmelev called.
Juanda had KDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit, holding one over-card to Schmelev’s 10Heart Suit10Diamond Suit.

The flop came ADiamond SuitAHeart Suit4Heart Suit. The 3Club Suit turn and QClub Suit river didn’t improve Juanda’s hand and he was bounced in fifth place.

Schmelev had around 5 million after the hand.


Level 24: Thuritz, Alaei, Baker finish 8th, 7th, 6th

Blinds: 25,000-50,000 with a 15,000 ante

Players Remaining: 5 out of 8

Average Chip Count: 3,480,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Michael Mizrachi – 5,000,000
2. David Oppenheim — 4,000,000
4. Vladimir Schmelev — 3,900,000
4. John Juanda — 2,355,000
5. Robert Mizrachi — 2,000,000

Notable Eliminations:

8th. Mikael Thuritz – $182,463
7th. Daniel Alaei – $221,105
6th. David Baker – $272,275

Big Hands:

No Limit Hold’em

ThuritzThuritz Out in 8th Place ($182,463)

David Baker raised preflop to 140,000 and short-stacked Mikael Thuritz threw his last 55,00 in, while Michael Mizrachi called from the big blind.

On a flop of 6Diamond Suit6Spade Suit4Heart Suit Mizrachi checked to Baker, who fired 180,000 only to have Mizrachi check-raise to 400,000. Baker folded and Thuritz saw the bad news. His QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit was hugely behind Mizrachi’s 6Club Suit4Diamond Suit.

The 8Spade Suit turn and ADiamond Suit river was all she wrote, and Mizrachi eliminated Thuritz in 8th place.

Mizrachi Brothers Collide

Robert Mizrachi raised to 140,000 and brother Michael called from the small blind, marking the first pot of the tournament they have been heads up over.

On a flop of 9Spade Suit5Club Suit4Spade Suit Michael fired 150,000 and Robert made the call. Michael checked the 2Heart Suit turn and Robert bet 400,000. Michael folded and Robert won round one the first Mizrachi battle.

Grinder Doubles Through Baker

Michael Mizrachi raised to 150,000 preflop and was called by David Baker in the big blind.

On the flop of QSpade Suit10Spade Suit3Diamond Suit Baker checked to Mizrachi who bet 300,000. Baker check-raised all in and Mizrachi made the quick call, showing QClub Suit10Diamond Suit for top two pair. Baker showed KClub Suit10Club Suit for middle pair and was in trouble.

The 6Spade Suit turn and JDiamond Suit river didn’t help Baker and Mizrachi doubled to 2.7 million. Baker dropped to 1.8 million.

Aces Crush Alaei

Daniel Alaei lost most of his chips in a back and forth thriller against David Oppenheim. Oppenheim raised to 225,000 and was called by Alaei. On a flop of KSpade Suit10Heart Suit4Heart Suit Alaei moved all in and Oppenheim called.

Oppenheim showed ADiamond SuitAClub Suit and was well ahead of Alaei’s KClub SuitQHeart Suit.

The turn was the QSpade Suit, giving Alaei two pair and the lead. But the river brought the 10Spade Suit to give Oppenheim a better two pair.

The loss dropped Alaei to 225,000. Soon after he got in with pocket 7s against the pocket 6s of Oppenheim to double back up to around 800,000.

Daniel AlaeiAlaei Out in 7th Place ($221,105)

Daniel Alaei got his last 410,000 in the middle and was called by Vladimir Schmelev. Alaei showed AHeart Suit6Heart Suit and was trailing Schmelev’s ADiamond SuitKClub Suit.

The board ran AClub Suit8Diamond Suit3Club SuitQHeart Suit4Spade Suit and Alaei was eliminated in 7th.

Baker Bounced In 6th Place (272,275)

Facing Michael Mizrachi’s raise to 145,000, David Baker moved all in from the small blind and the Grinder called.

Mizrachi’s AClub SuitKHeart Suit was ahead of Baker’s AHeart SuitJSpade Suit, and the board of 10Diamond SuitKDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit6Heart Suit4Spade Suit didn’t improve Baker’s hand, sending him to the rail in 6th place while the “Grinder!” chants erupted from his cheering section.


Level 23: Several Early Double Ups

Blinds: 20,000-40,000 with a 10,000 ante

Players Remaining: 8 out of 8

Average Chip Count: 2,175,000

Tournament Leaderboard:

1. Vladimir Schmelev — 3,170,000
2. Robert Mizrachi — 2,850,000
3. Daniel Alaei — 2,725,000
4. John Juanda — 2,455,000
5. David Baker — 2,280,000
6. David Oppenhem — 2,235,000
7. Michael Mizrachi — 1,575,000
8. Mikael Thuritz — 100,000

Notable Eliminations:

Big Hands:

No Limit Hold’em

Daniel AlaeiAlaei Doubles Through Thuritz

Facing a 110,000 raise from Mikael Thuritz, Daniel Alaei moved his last 1.325 million all in from the big blind and Thuritz moved all in as well to get John Juanda out of the way.

Alaei showed ADiamond SuitKClub Suit and was in a classic race against JClub SuitJSpade Suit.

The flop was no help to Alaei, coming QHeart Suit10Heart Suit4Spade Suit. But the AHeart Suit turn card gave him top pair, and the 6Diamond Suit ensured his double up to around 2.7 million.

Oppenheim No Longer Short Stack, Doubles

David Oppenheim started the day with 460,000 in chips. After raising all in on several early hands to take the blinds, he got action and doubled up through David Baker. Oppenheim raised preflop to 110,000 and Baker reraised to 375,000. Oppenheim made the call and the KSpade Suit10Club Suit5Heart Suit came on the flop. Oppenheim checked to Baker, and when Baker fired 500,000 Oppenehim moved all in and was called.

Oppenheim showed ASpade SuitADiamond Suit, and was dominating Baker’s 7Diamond Suit7Spade Suit.

The 9Diamond Suit turn and 4Diamond Suit river gave Oppenheim a double up to 1.8 million.

Thuritz Doubles to Stay In It

Mikael Thuritz got all in against Michael Mizrachi on a flop of 9Diamond Suit7Heart Suit6Club Suit. Mizrachi showed 10Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit and was trailing Thuritz’s QDiamond SuitQHeart Suit. The 4Diamond Suit and the KSpade Suit finished the board and Thuritz doubled up.

Thuritz’s Kings Crippled

Mikael Thuritz had to feel good getting all in preflop with KHeart SuitKClub Suit. That is, until he saw Vladimir Schmelev’s ADiamond SuitAHeart Suit.

The board ran JClub Suit4Club Suit4Spade SuitAClub Suit8Diamond Suit and Thuritz was crippled to around 5,000 in chips, while Schmelev’s stack soared to 3.3 million.

Soon after, Thuritz quadrupled up and stayed busy in later hands but he was still dangerously low going into break.


Shuffle Up And Deal

The cards are officially in the air in the exclusively No Limit Hold’em final table of the $50,000 Players Championship, following 4 days of mixed game action.
After a delay to get ESPN crews ready to film the action, blinds are starting at 20k/40k.
Stay tuned as brings you all of the live updates from the day’s action.


Final table Set For 3 p.m.

Chip Leader Robert MizrachiThe final table for the players championship set to get underway at 3 p.m.

Robert Mizrachi enters with a slight chip lead over David Baker. A big storyline for this table is the presence of Mizrachi’s brother, Michael, just a couple of seats over. They are separated by the short stack, David Oppenheim. It is very possible the brothers Mizrachi will be sitting shoulder to shoulder early into play.

The play will switch from an eight game rotation to no limit hold’em exclusively. The first player eliminated will make $182,463 and the winner will take home $1,559,043 and the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

Here is the final table and how they stack up with their official chip counts:

1. Robert Mizrachi – 3,125,000
2. David Baker – 3,085,000
3. John Juanda – 2,620,000
4. Mikael Thuritz – 2,300,000
5. Michael Mizrachi – 2,175,000
6. Vladimir Schmelev – 1,925,000
7. Daniel Alaei – 1,705,000
8. David Oppenheim – 460,000

Here are their seating assignments:

Seat 1 – David Baker
Seat 2 – Mikael Thuritz
Seat 3 – Vladimir Schmelev
Seat 4 – John Juanda
Seat 5 – Daniel Alaei
Seat 6 – Michael Mizrachi
Seat 7 – David Oppenheim
Seat 8 – Robert Mizrachi

Here are the payouts list for the final table

1. $1,559,043
2. $963,375
3. $603,348
4. $436,865
5. $341,430
6. $272,275
7. $221,105
8. $182,463

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