WSOP 2012: Mizrachi Lands Second Players Championship Title

Mizrachi Wins Second WSOP Players ChampionshipMichael Mizrachi has repeated his 2010 World Series of Poker heroics by taking down the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for the second time in two years. For more on this, plus all the latest from the Rio on another busy day, read on…

WSOP 2012 Event #45 – $50,000 Poker Players Championship
Michael Mizrachi has done it again! He won the 2012 World Series of Poker Players Championship and now he’s repeated that feat in 2012, seeing off a tough final table to claim the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy and the first prize of $1,451,527.

Mizrachi arrived at the final table in good form and he wasn’t hanging about – the final day’s play lasted just five hours and the man known as “The Grinder” was personally responsible for five eliminations at the final table.

“Wherever I would have finished, it would have been respectable because I already won this title before. Now to win it, it’s just beyond that. I just can’t believe I won it twice,” said Mizrachi after winning the event that also gave him his third World Series of Poker bracelet and moved him into fourth place on poker’s all time money earnings list.

“It’s another one for the books,” he continued. “It’s another part of my history. I’m going to hopefully make history happen and become the all time money winner in poker tournament history.”

Final table payouts:

1 – Michael Mizrachi – $1,451,527
2 – Chris Klodnicki – $896,935
3 – Andy Bloch – $561,738
4 – Luke Schwartz – $604,736
5 – Roland Israelashvili – $317,882
6 – Stephen Chidwick – $253,497
7 – Bill Chen – $205,856
8 – Bruno Fitoussi – $169,879

WSOP 2012 Event #47 – $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Eight or Better
34 year old legal professional Steven Loube is our latest winner at the 2012 World Series of Poker, having seen off a 978 strong field to land the $267,345 first prize.

Loube doesn’t play many tournaments – in fact this is the first World Series of Poker event that he’s ever entered – but he does play plenty of high stakes cash games. However, the lack of tournament experience was causing him a few problems, as he admitted to reporters after his victory: “I am really comfortable with the game, but I was very nervous. I couldn’t sleep last night, I couldn’t sleep two nights ago. I think I got two hours of sleep the entire tournament.”

The key to this victory was patience. Loube admitted to playing a very conservative style, adding, “I was just waiting for my really good hands and really good moments.”

That’s the way to do it, Steven.

Final table payouts, WSOP Event #47:

1st – Steven Loube – $267,345
2nd – Tim Finne – $165,486
3rd – Roch Cousineau – $103,538
4th – Cameron McKinley – $75,151
5th – Charalampos Lappas – $55,479
6th – Sonu Sharma – $41,589
7th – Paul Taylor – $31,634
8th – Kyle Carlston – $24,386
9th – Paul Ewen – $19,052
10th – Viatcheslav Ortynskiy – $15,078

WSOP 2012 Event #48 – $3,000 Fixed Limit Hold’em
Prior to today, Limit Hold’em specialist Kenny Hsiung had cashed seven times at the World Series of Poker but had never gone all the way. That all changed when he finally saw off Robert Hwang after an epic heads up battle that lasted for more than two hours, to claim his first ever WSOP bracelet.

“I’ve always been confident in my Limit Hold’em game,” said Hsiung. “In terms of confidence, I have all the confidence I need. It’s just not very profitable to play Limit Hold’em right now when you could be playing PLO or mixed games.”

Day three began with the likes of Vladimir Shchmelev and Justin Bonomo amongst the returning 20 players, but none were a match for Hsiung.

Final table payouts:

1 – Kenny Hsiung – $165,205
2 – Robert Hwang – $102,118
3 – John Virtue – $76,244
4 – Paul Berende – $57,310
5 – Dwyte Pilgrim – $43,345
6 – Matthew Woodward – $32,994
7 – Mitchell Davis – $25,266
8 – John Myung – $19,474
9 – Stephen Hung – $15,098

WSOP 2012 Event #49 – $1,500 Ante Only No Limit Hold’em
A final table has been set in this innovative Ante Only format event, with Eugene Du Plessis leading the way into the final day.

939 players started out in this event, with 110 of those surviving Day 1. Those players returned today, hopeful of picking up that coveted World Series of Poker jewellery. Amongst that number were the likes of Erick Lindgren, Steve Sung, Jeff Madsen and Barny Boatman, but only nine would make it through to the third day and none of these guys were fortunate enough to do so.

Final table chip counts:

1 – Eugene Du Plessis – 996,000
2 – Mike Sowers – 824,000
3 – Seth Davies – 640,000
4 – Greg Hobson – 608,000
5 – Harrison Gimbel – 325,000
6 – Justin Schwartz – 252,000
7 – John Hayes – 229,000
8 – Mike McDonald – 205,000
9 – Sameer Aljanedi – 167,000

WSOP 2012 Event #50 – $5,000 No Limit Hold’em
Nick Maimone has a single WSOP cash to his name but he’ll be hoping to double that after finishing Day 1 of this $5,000 NLH event as chip leader. It won’t be an easy task though, with the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Alex Kravchenko, Galen Hall and Tommy Vedes all still in contention.

A total of 1,001 entrants made for an impressive $4,704,700 prize pool and a sizeable first prize payout of $952,694 awaits the winner.

Top six chip counts:

1 – Nick Maimone – 196,600
2 – Michael Drummond – 158,000
3 – Gordon Vayo – 147,500
4 – Thiago Nishijima – 135,200
5 – Chris McClung – 133,000
6 – Galen Hall – 129,800

Kicking off today we have the always controversial $1,000 Ladies Only No Limit Hold’em Championship, as well as a $2,500 “10 Game” event, featuring a mixture of the following poker games: No Limit Hold’em, Razz, Limit Hold’em, Badugi, Seven Stud, 2-7 Draw Lowball, Omaha 8 or Better, Pot Limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw and Seven Card Stud 8 or Better.

Stay tuned for all the latest from the 2012 World Series of Poker!

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