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Taking a Break From One Game to Play Another

While the final table of Event #10 ($10,000 Seven Card Stud) was on its dinner break, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi (left) took his seat next to ESPN columnist Bernard Lee to play Event #14 ($1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball). Mizrachi's stack had been blinded off, and when he first sat down he announced, "I'm going all in on every hand in the next 10 to 12 minutes." He did just that in his very first hand, and caught a lucky draw to double through his first opponent. Mizrachi's attitude and the entire situation was cracking up Lee, who was laughing continuously for more than a minute.



Men Nguyen's 7th WSOP Bracelet

Men Nguyen earns his seventh WSOP bracelet, moving into a three-way tie (with Phil Ivey and Billy Baxter) for sixth place on the all-time list. After the victory, Nguyen said, "Every time I make a speech or get into an interview, I want to thank the United States of America for giving me this chance." Born in Vietnam, Nguyen chose to have the U.S. national anthem played at his bracelet ceremony the following day. Nguyen also said, "I have not won any tournaments here at the Rio. When they moved the [WSOP] here in 2005, I missed the Horseshoe. I felt very good playing there. But I am superstitious. I thought when it moved here, it was very hard for me to win."



Men the Master Wins … But Doesn't Know It Yet

Men Nguyen peels back the far corner of the card, giving a glimpse to the camera and the railbirds. If you look close, you can see it's a king, which gives Nguyen a pair of kings to win the pot -- and his seventh WSOP bracelet.



Is It Possible to Slowroll Yourself?

To drag things out even longer, Men Nguyen takes a peek at the blank corner of his seventh card, announcing to everyone that if the card isn't paint (a king, queen, or jack), he lost the hand. If it is paint, then he wins on a king or a queen, and loses on a jack. After he takes a peek, Nguyen excitedly announces that it's paint.



It Comes Down to One Card For Men Nguyen

Brandon Adams quickly flipped over his seventh card to show As-3d-Qh-Qc-5s-6c-9d for a pair of queens. Men Nguyen's first six cards were 9s-6d-10s-Kc-Jd-4c for a gutshot straight draw with one overcard. Nguyen needed a king (for a higher pair) or a queen (for a straight) to win the pot -- and his seventh WSOP bracelet. With a big chip lead, there was no pressure on Nguyen, but he played up the drama anyway, moving his final card to the center of the table before he would look at it.



Brandon Adams Has the Lead on Fifth Street

Once Brandon Adams (left) and Men Nguyen were all in, they flipped over their hole cards. Adams had the lead with As-3d-Qh, while Nguyen showed 9s-6d-10s. Adams paired his queen on fourth street to take the lead, while Nguyen picked up a gutshot straight draw with one overcard on fifth street.



Men Nguyen Makes an All-In Offer to Brandon Adams

Brandon Adams (left) had just lost a large pot with two pair to Men Nguyen's concealed trip tens when Nguyen stopped the action to make an offer. Adams had a queen showing to Nguyen's 10, and Nguyen said he would go all in blind on this hand if Adams did too. Adams made certain the offer was legit, and decided to take the chance since his stack was so short. (Since seven card stud is a limit game, they had to raise each other back and forth to get their chips all in.)



An Intimate Final Table Atmosphere

The ESPN stage has a completely different atmosphere when the TV cameras aren't around. Without a large crowd, fans are allowed to get closer to the action, and reporters stand tableside to record the action.



Men Nguyen's Long Bracelet Drought

Men Nguyen is among the career leaders in WSOP bracelets, coming into 2010 with six. However, he hasn't won a single bracelet since Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event, widely regarded as the start of the poker boom. In fact, he hasn't had much high-profile success since then, even though he won Card Player's 2005 Player of the Year award (racking up an unusually high number of points in smaller buy-in events).



Heads-Up Drinks Are on Brian

Shortly after heads-up play began, the two players began talking, and Brandon Adams (left) offered to buy a drink for Men Nguyen, perhaps hoping to gain an advantage against an inebriated opponent. Nguyen quickly finished his current drink and shouted, "Cocktails!" He then leaned over, and with apparent sincerity said, "Thanks, Brian." (Throughout the night, Nguyen was mispronouncing Brandon's name.)



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