Grinder Obliterates Players Championship Final Table
Mike ďThe GrinderĒ Mizrachi has captured his second Poker Players Championship title in the space of three years at the World Series of Poker after he overcame a stacked final table to defeat Chris Klodnicki heads-up for the $1.4 million prize.
Unfortunately, the manner of his performance means the Floridian will probably have to find himself a new nickname as this was less a grind as it was a flat-out bulldoze to the title as he eliminated three of his opponents in the first level of play.
Having started the day only a couple of big blinds ahead of Andy Bloch in the chip counts, the early bust-outs ensured Mizrachi tightened his grip on the final table and he never looked like relinquishing the chip lead as he cruised into the heads-up stage.
There he took on Chris Klodnicki holding a 2-to-1 chip lead and the pairs tussle was a fairly one-sided affair, with Mizrachiís mix of fearless aggression and good fortune proving too much for his countryman to handle as he powered to victory in a round of Omaha-8.
In the final hand all of the money went in pre-flop with Mizrachiís Qd Jc 9h 8h up against Klodnickiís As Jh 9c 2s, with a 10c 10s 7s 6h Ah board ensuring that Mizrachi took the high hand with a ten-high straight and Klodnicki failed to qualify for the low half of the pot and was eliminated.
The win bagged Mizrachi $1,451,527 and he vowed that he would be reinvesting a substantial chunk of that to play in the upcoming Big One For One Drop tournament, while Klodnicki had to content himself with a not inconsequential $896,935 as runner-up.