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Greg Mueller and Michael Mizrachi Win 2019 WSOP Bracelets
The 50th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) continues to thrive over in Las Vegas as thousands of budding poker enthusiasts and elite professional players battle it out in an attempt to bag themselves a coveted WSOP bracelet and the bagful of cash that tends to come with such an accolade.
Among the recent round of freshly crowned WSOP champions are Greg “FBT” Mueller and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi who secured their third and fifth bracelets respectively.
From Hockey To Poker Pro
Mueller is a former professional hockey player who discovered the game of poker during his hockey career where he spent significant periods of time on the road. Mueller retired from hockey in 1999 and has since gained a reputation for being a fearless and talented poker player.
A regular at the WSOP each year, Mueller has cashed in 44 events and won $2,846,696 of his $3.394.318 winnings in WSOP events. Back in 2019, Mueller won his first WSOP bracelet when he triumphed in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em event. It was a result that saw him get his hands on $460,841, which is still Mueller’s largest live tournament cash on record.
Full Blown Tilt
The man known as “FBT”, which stands for Full Blown Tilt, won his second bracelet during the same series, taking down the $1,500 Limit Hold’em Shootout for an additional $194,854.
Bracelet number three came in Event #29: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship on June 15, 2019. Mueller defeated a field of 172 entrants in the high stakes mixed game tournament to lock up $425,347 and some poker gold. The former defenceman beat Colombia’s Daniel Ospina heads-up for the title, after navigating his way past a final table that housed the likes of fourth-place finisher Scott Clements and third-placed Dario Sammartino.
The final hand saw Mueller get to seventh street with a pair of queens against Ospina’s pair of eights. Ospina peeled a meaningless three on seventh, while Mueller improved to an ace-high heart flush to win his third career WSOP bracelet.
Grinder’s Mixed Game Prowess Shows Again
Mizrachi banked bracelet number five to join the likes of the legendary Scotty Nguyen, Daniel Alaei, Jason Mercier and Allen Cunningham in an exclusive club of players who have a quintet of WSOP gold. The man known as “The Grinder” first cashed at the WSOP in 2004 and has since gone on to reach the money places in 65 events, earning $9,312,658 of his $17,172,436 total cashes.
Florida native Mizrachi, has a phenomenal record in non-hold’em tournaments His first WSOP bracelet came in 2010 when he took down the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship for $1,559,046. A year later, at the WSOP Europe festival, Mizrachi won another bracelet and €336,008 by being the last player standing in the €10,400 No Limit Hold’em Split Format Event.
Only one year passed before bracelet number three adorned Mizrachi’s wrist after he won another $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship, this time for $1,451,527. Mizrachi had to endure a six-year wait for his fourth bracelet and it came, unbelievable, in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship for $1,239,126.
This latest bracelet, Mizrachi’s fifth, was awarded on June 14 after he topped a field of 460 players in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low event, a finish that added $142.801 to his lifetime winnings.
Overcoming a Star-Studded Field
Several other WSOP bracelet winners made it into the top 69 places where the prize money was awarded. The likes of Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Artie Cobb, Daniel Idema, Men “The Master” Nguyen and Barbara Enright all cashed but could not stop Mizrachi emerging victorious once again.
The final hand saw Robert Gray commit the rest of his stack on fourth street while holding a pair of kings and a flush draw. Mizrachi held a pair of nines with a draw to a diamond flush. Neither player improved on fifth street, but Mizrachi caught a three on sixth street to make two pair. Gray needed to improve on seventh street, but the jack of clubs was no good and Mizrachi stood from his chair with his arms aloft as his friends and family on the rail chanted “Grinder! Grinder!”
Recently Crowned 2019 WSOP Champions
|$10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball Championship||Jim Betchel||$253,817|
|$1,000 Double Stack NL Hold’em||Jorden Fox||$420,693|
|$1,500 Eight Game Mix||Rami Boukai||$177,294|
|$600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack||Andrew Donabedian||$205,605|
|$2,620 NL Hold’em Marathon||Roman Korenev||$477,401|
|$1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo||Michael Mizrachi||$142,801|
|$1,000 NL Hold’emp||Stephen Song||$341,854|
|$10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship||Greg Mueller||$425,347|
|$1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||Luis Zedan||$236,673|
|$3,000 NL Hold’em 6-Handed||Thomas Cazayous||$414,766|
|$1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw||Robert Campbell||$144,027|
Massive WSOP Events Coming Soon
We have not even reached the halfway stage of the 2019 WSOP yet meaning there are some massive events on the horizon.
June 17 sees the start of the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship with the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller kicking off on June 19th which should see some of the biggest names in world poker take to the felt.
Mizrachi will no doubt be entering the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship on June 24th as he attempts to win it for the fourth time, while the “Big Dance”, the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event World Championship shuffles up and deal on July 3rd.
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