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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

Who Will Be WSOP 2010 Player Of The Year?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

As the World Series Of Poker tournament progresses things are heating up and the question on every player’s mind is, who is going to win the race for WSOP 2010 Player Of The Year? Each year, players are ranked based on their cumulative measure of performance and the player that comes out on top receives the Player Of The Year Title.

This year, Frank Kassela and John Juanda are currently tied for first place in the rankings, with 225 points each. Kassela has won two bracelets so far and Juanda has not won any, however his cash wins have given him a top spot on the leader board.

Juanda says that if he wins Poker Player Of The Year “it will make me feel a bit better about not winning a bracelet. But every year I go without a bracelet, it’s disappointing.” Kassela says that he has “been playing in a ton of events since [he] won the last one, just because [he] knew [he] had a decent chance at Player of the Year.” It’s a close race, and if either player wants to go home with the title they will have to up their game, compete in a lot of events and either win or place in the top with cash wins.

The current standings for Poker Player Of The Year are as follows:

John Juanda – 225 points

Frank Kassela – 225 points

Vladimir Schemelev – 210 points

Dan Heimiller – 200 points

Michael Mizrachi – 190 points

Men Nguyen – 180 points

Richard Ashby – 180 points

Jeffrey Papola – 180 points

James Dempsey – 180 points

Allen Kessler – 175 points

David Chiu – 170 points

David Baker – 170 points