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Born on Jan. 5, 1981, in North Miami Beach, Florida, “The Grinder” began his career in the game when he left college to pursue a life as a professional poker player. After some modest successes early on, “The Grinder” exploded on the scene when he won two World Poker Tour titles, including the 2006 Borgata Winter Poker Open championship. He topped off that year by winning Card Player’s 2006 Player of the Year award. With over $8,900,000 in lifetime earnings and 19 career titles, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi is a force to be reckoned with anytime he sits down at a table.

However, “The Grinder’s” success doesn’t end there. He began the 2010 WSOP by winning the $50K Players Championship for his first WSOP bracelet and over $1,500,000 in 1st place money …

With 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 otherWSOPE 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 A J. Mizrachi revealed A 10 and a 10 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, andBrian 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.

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