Last night saw Robert Mizrachi capture his fourth WSOP gold after taking down the $10,000 Stud Championship. This title confirms once again that Robert, like his brother Michael ‘The Grinder‘ Mizrachi, has got the game and that he is far from done with poker.
Robert Mizrachi wins WSOP bracelet in a tough competition
Going into the final table of the $10k Stud Championship, Mizrachi had a chip lead, wielding the stack of 1.3 million, but things were far from over as he had to face some really formidable players on his way to the victory.
Although it was Matt Grapenthien who was closest in chips to Mizrachi, being the only other player over the million mark, Robert was probably more concerned about the poker veteran Ted Forrest.
Forrest was coming to the final table with hopes of capturing his seventh bracelet and his WSOP resume already included two Stud and two Razz victories. With this kind of experience under his belt, Forrest was always going to represent a serious threat.
The high stakes cash game regular, Frenchman David Benyamine couldn’t be discounted either, just like the short stacked German super-start George Danzer. Finally, Steve Weiss may not be the name known to the wider poker audience, but this Las Vegas regular has been around the block more than a couple of times and anyone who would dare underestimate him would be doing so at his own peril.
The road to victory
Of the remaining six, Benyamine was the first to go. He got his chips in the middle behind and needing to improve against Forrest, but poker goods turned a deaf ear to his pleas. The Frenchman earned just shy of $40,000 for his performance.
Steve Weiss followed the suit and was sent to the rail next. After getting short on chips, Weiss eventually got his chips in the middle showing a Queen but he failed to find any cards that could help him and Mizrachi’s Jack’s up marked the end of his final table performance. Weiss took home $53,000 for his fifth place finish.
Ted Forrest was hoping to add another WSOP bracelet to his already impressive resume but it wasn’t to be for him last night. Bouncing up and down with his stack, he got the last of his chips ahead of Mizrachi, but Robert found the card he needed to complete his flush draw and that was all she wrote. Fourth place finish brought Forrest just shy of $73,000, but he will have to wait a bit more for another bracelet.
Considering George Danzer started the final table at the bottom of the pack, he will probably have no complaints about the third place finish and the accompanying prize of $103k. Like the other two, he also eventually fell at the hands of Robert Mizrachi.
With Danzer’s exit, there was only one obstacle standing between Mizrachi and his fourth bracelet. Matt Grapenthien who started the final table as the second largest stack was silent for the most of the play and when the heads up finally started, he was about eight big bets behind Robert.
It was a long battle between the two, with the chip lead exchanging hands, but in the end it was Mizrachi collecting all the marbles when his wired pair of Aces turned into trips on the fifth street, leaving Grapenthien drawing dead on the sixth.
For his runner up finish, Matt Grappenthien takes home $150,000, while Robert Mizrachi wins WSOP bracelet number four to add to his resume, coupled with the first place money in excess of $242,000.