Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi will have the chip lead at tomorrow’s final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship. He began the day on 252,000 in chips and was one of the shorter stacks amongst the 26 survivors of Day 3, but is now in a prime position to relive the glory of his 2010 win in this same event. On that occasion, Mizrachi came into the final table as the fifth highest stack and went on to claim the first WSOP bracelet of his career.
Yet it was the 21-year-old poker maestro of Viktor “Isildur1” Blom who began Day 4 as the chip leader on 1.262 million in chips, which was an amazing feat considering he was apparently still learning some of the basic rules in the games, as evidenced in Daniel Negreanu’s tweet: “A week ago Viktor Blom didn’t know how many cards you get in Razz and now he is among the chip leaders in the $50k. Sounds about right.” But Blom couldn’t capitalise on his chip advantage today, going home in 14th place for a USD $105,235.
Also eliminated deep in the event were Jeff Lisandro in 13th ($120,994), Daniel Alaei in 11th ($120,994), David Baker in 10th (USD $142,197) and Chinese poker legend David Chiu in 23rd, which was unfortunately outside the money.
Another big name still sitting pretty is second placed Andy Bloch who is only just 50,000 in chips behind Mizrachi and will be looking to back up his much-publicised first WSOP bracelet win at the beginning of the month.
Final Table Seat Draw
1. Bill Chen – 1,293,000
2. Luke Schwartz – 1,494,000
3. Andy Bloch – 3,598,000
4. Stephen Chidwick – 2,026,000
5. Michael Mizrachi – 3,648,000
6. Chris Klodnicki – 3,276,000
7. Bruno Fitoussi – 188,000
8. Roland Israelashvili – 694,000
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