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Daniel Idema wins Third Bracelet in 2015 WSOP Event #35 HORSE

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

daniel-idema-2015-wsop-horseWinning three WSOP gold bracelets is certainly no easy feat, so Daniel Idema can certainly be proud that he’s joined the three-bracelet club after taking first in the 2015 WSOP $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. The Vancouver native topped a 376-player field to win Event #35 along with a $261,774 payout.

“I really like this format of mixed limit games,” Idema said of his H.O.R.S.E. prowess. “You don’t see that many players play all the games well, so I think this is suited to someone who has tried to develop in all of them, as I have.”

This isn’t just the 30-year-old being cocky – he’s actually proven his mastery of different poker games by winning bracelets in Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo and, now, H.O.R.S.E.

It certainly helped matters that, along with his versatile poker skills, Idema also ran good during the final table. In fact, it took him just one and a half hours to dispatch his final two opponents, Kevin Iacofano (3rd, $104,280) and Matt Vengrin (2nd, $161,680).

“It was amazing, every time I looked down in the last stages, I had a good hand,” Idema explained. “My rush came at just the right time. I got hit by the deck against a very strong opponent.”

Formerly a professional hockey player in the Netherlands, Idema definitely seems to have settled down in the right profession with his third gold bracelet. Beyond his WSOP victories, the Canadian also has over $2.1 million in live poker winnings, which is quite good for somebody who’s only been playing live tourneys since 2007.

2015 WSOP Event #35 $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table Results
1. Daniel Idema – $261,774
2. Matt Vengrin – $161,680
3. Kevin Iacofano – $104,280
4. John Racener – $75,559
5. Iakov Nepomnyashchiy – $55,553
6. Paul Sexton – $41,438
7. Randy Ohel – $31,358
8. Taylor Paur – $24,070
9. David Oppenheim – $18,743

Robert Mizrachi is a WSOP Champion Once Again

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

When it comes to poker-playing brothers, few duos are more famous than Michael and Robert Mizrachi. Both players have had considerable success in tournaments and lay claim to almost $20 million in combined winnings.

As for the WSOP, Robert was the first one to strike for a gold bracelet as he took down the 2007 $10k Pot-Limit Omaha Championship ($768,889). Since that time, though, it’s been all Michael at the WSOP as he’s gone on to win three gold bracelets, including the prestigious $50k Players Championship twice in 2010 and ’12.

Robert must have been a little jealous of seeing his brother continuing to collect so much jewelry, so he decided to win the 2014 WSOP $1,500 Dealer’s Choice tournament along with $147,092. This is definitely an impressive win too because Mizrachi had to know 16 different poker variations to successfully compete in the dealer’s choice event.

Many players praised the first-ever running of a WSOP dealer’s choice tournament because it made everybody feel like they were at a relaxed home game. Mizrachi probably felt especially at home since Michael was on the rail cheering him on.

“We have played together before on the same final tables,” Robert said in reference to the 2010 Players Championship. “We play hard when we’re at the table, but we also pull for each other when we are not competing. We all grew up together, and that’s the way we have always been.”

Thanks to his latest victory, Mizrachi now has two WSOP gold bracelets and $5,069,193 in tourney winnings. And you can count on him looking for another bracelet when the dealer’s choice event runs next year. “It would be nice if the $50K (Players Championship) was exactly the same way as this, because you can guarantee all the players would still play it, and the skill really shows,” he explained. “I think this would be good for a $10,000 buy-in, or maybe a $25,000 buy-in, but we should still keep this one because you want to introduce players to the game.”

2014 WSOP $1,500 Dealer’s Choice Six-Handed Final Table
1. Robert Mizrachi – $147,092
2. Aaron Schaff – $90,854
3. Shane Abbott – $58,414
4. Bill Chen – $38,735
5. Daniel Idema – $26,444
6. Frank Kassela – $18,575