2010 WSOP Main Event – Grinding Rags to Riches

Paddy Power Poker
December 1, 2009
World Poker Tour
November 19, 2010

Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi Finishes Fifth @ 2010 WSOP Main EventIn May we noted that Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi had been having a run of bad luck. The 2006 Card Player Magazine “Player of the Year” saw the IRS foreclose on his homes in Miramar and Hollywood, Florida. It was a little matter of $339,711 in back taxes. Things got better for The Grinder in this year’s WSOP.

Mizrachi won the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship at the start of the World Series of Poker. He took home the Chip Reese Trophy and $1,559,046 in prize money. Now the Grinder has finished fifth in the WSOP Main Event. Our man was leading with only five players left at the table. However, he took a couple of risks and lost his lead. Shortly thereafter he lost his money and left the table in fifth place. After his loss The Grinder said, “It was an unbelievable run and I wish every year could be like this.” Considering that he won the Player’s Championship and was at two other final volcano electronic cigarette tables before coming in 5th at the Final Table for $2,332,992 it was an unbelievable run. All in all, The Grinder had a year with well over $4 million in earnings, pushing his lifetime tournament winnings to over $11 million. We have to give The Grinder a lot of credit. A lot of players might have just folded and licked their wounds but Michael Mizrachi came back with his best ever. Way to go Grinder!

By the end of the day two more players have followed The Grinder to the sidelines.

Standings and Winnings with two players left

Jonathan Duhamel with 188,950,000 in chips VS John Racener with 30,750,000 in chips battling it out for the 2010 WSOP Main Event Bracelet !!

3rd Place Finish
Joseph Cheong $4,130,049   

4th Place Finish
Filippo Candio $3,092,545

5th Place Finish
Michael Mizrachi $2,332,992

6th Place Finish
John Dolan $1,772,959

7th Place Finish
Jason Senti $1,356,720

8th Place Finish
Matthew Jarvis $1,045,743

9th Place Finish
Soi Nguyen $811,823