Robert Mizrachi Doubles Bracelet Tally At WSOP 2014 (Event #41)June 24, 2014 10:45 am
Robert Mizrachi has emerged victorious at the WSOP $1,500 Dealers Choice – Six Handed (Event #41), after besting a field of 419 players over three days on his way to winning the $147,092 top prize, and capturing a second career gold bracelet. Following an impressive performance which now pushes his tournament earnings to $5,069,193, Mizrachi, commented:
“It’s tough to win. The players are getting tougher. There’s definitely a lot of pride in winning this event. I’d like to see a higher-buy-in event for this next year, where the big names could all play deeper. It’s a very skilled event. You not only have to know all the games, but you have to pick the games that your opponent’s don’t play as well.”
Event #41 created a prize pool worth $565,650, and amongst the notable names then enjoying a deep run in the tournament was Brian Rast in 41st ($2,799), Todd Brunson in 28th ($3,880), Shawn Buchanan in 19th ($4,728), Maria Ho in 15th ($5,911), Brandon Cantu in 12th ($7,568), and Jennifer Harman in 10th ($9,944).
Robert Mizrachi subsequently entered the final table as the second largest stack behind Aaron Schaff, with other finalists competing for the title including Bill Chen, Dan Idema, Frank Kassela, and Shane Abbott.
Aaron Schaff then proceeded to eliminate Frank Kassela in 6th ($18,575), Dan Idema in 5th ($26,444), Bill Chen in 4th ($38,735), and after Robert Mizrachi did likewise to Shane Abbott in 3rd ($58,414) the heads-up phase of the competition got underway between Mizrachi and Schaff. Despite Mizrachi’s 2-1 chip deficit, the US pro was eventually able to secure the win during a round of Ace-to-Five Triple Draw.
This was the first year a Dealer’s Choice title had been introduced to the WSOP, a strategic format which allows each player to decide which games to play on their turn. Commenting on the event, Mizrachi said:
“It’d be nice if the $50K used exactly the same [format] as this. Because you can guarantee all of the $50K players are going to want to play all of the games, and there will be more skill because they’ll have to determine what their opponents weakest games are. I think this would also be good as a $10K or $25K buy-in next year.”
Final Table Results:
1 Robert Mizrachi – $147,092
2 Aaron Schaff – $90,854
3 Shane Abbott – $58,414
4 Bill Chen – $38,735
5 Dan Idema – $26,444
6 Frank Kassela – $18,575