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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Saturday, June 04, 2016 to Monday, June 06, 2016

Event #3: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $817,800
  • Entries: 87
  • Remaining: 0
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06/07/16 09:25:29 AM PST
 
Robert Mizrachi Wins the $10k Seven Card Stud Championship
 


 

Noted poker pro Robert Mizrachi has just won his fourth World Series of Poker gold bracelet victory.
The 37-year-old South Florida native won the $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas.  Mizrachi collected $242,662 in prize money, making this yet another sizable cash win for his illustrious poker career.  He now has 40 cashes, 13 final table appearances, and more than $2.6 million in career WSOP earnings.

Mizrachi, one of an elite family of four poker playing brothers originally from the Miami area, stepped one victory ahead of his brother, Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, who remains with three wins.  Although it’s become a friendly family rivalry, the brothers are fully supportive of each other each time one makes a deep run.  Three were in attendance at the ESPN Main Stage, while the mother of the Mizrachi’s, known as “Mama Grinder” watched with pride back in Florida.

“This one was very exciting because it’s a very prestigious game,” Mizrachi said afterward.  “This game has been played a long time, so it’s very satisfying to win such a prestigious tournament.”

Indeed, the Seven-Card Stud championship has been dealt out at the WSOP each year since 1973.  It’s champions rooster includes a “Who’s Who” of the game.  However, it was Mizrachi winning gold bracelets in three consecutive years that was the talk of the poker world immediately following his victory.  Mizrachi joins just five other players in history who have won WSOP titles in three consecutive years, an elite club which includes Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, Allen Cunningham, Matt Matros, and ironically – brother Michael Mizrachi.  Brunson holds the all-time record for wins in most consecutive years, with five (1976-1980).

As expected, the final table was stacked with plenty of big names with stellar resumes.  Seven of the eight finalists were previous gold bracelet winners, and even the lone wolf of the bunch (Steve Weiss) was a highly-respected player from the local Las Vegas poker scene.  In fact, 9 of the top 10 finishers has earned at least one gold bracelet, with 17 in all combined among what amounted to a WSOP murderer’s row.

Arguably, posing the biggest threat of all of them based on his lengthy resume was Ted Forrest, the six-time gold bracelet winner who has been playing variants of Stud since the day some of his opponents at the final table were born.  Oddly enough, however, the finale became most intriguing once Forrest busted out in fourth place, leaving the trio of Mizrachi, George Danzer, and Matt Grapenthien to battle it out for the gold.  There was considerable movement among the final three, with Danzer being the first to fall.

It seemed to be a wide open match when Mizrachi and Grapenthien tangled, which turned out to be more than a prophesy.  Grapenthien had been short-stacked much of the time, but then caught some momentum and threatened the three-time champ for the chip lead.  Hoping to repeat his comeback victory from two years ago, when he overcame a 4 to 1 chip disadvantage versus Todd Brunson, Grapenthien played tough and even usurped the chip lead at one point during heads-up play.  However, Mizrachi proved to be too formidable and closed out the victory.  Mizrachi won the final hand with trip aces, which topped Grapenthien’s two pair.  Both players shook hands in a sign of mutual respect, and the Mizrachi family celebration began.

“Matt’s a great player,” Mizrachi said.  “I just had to stay focused and play my game, and it just went from there.”
As for future plans, Mizrachi admitted he wants to win the $50,000 buy-in Poker Player’s Championship, which has previously been won by brother Michael two times.  “I think that’s the most prestigious event of all, and we have two (wins) in our family.  But of course, everyone wants to win the Main Event.”

This tourney attracted 87 entrants (down slightly from last year’s number, which was 91 players), which created a prize pool totaling $817,800.  Aside from the top five finishers, among the other players who cashed were David Benyamine, Bill Chen, Calvin Anderson, Rod Pardey, Adam Friedman, Stephen Chidwick, Adam Owen, Jeffrey Lisandro, and Felipe Ramos.

This was the third official gold bracelet event on this year’s schedule.  This leaves 67 events still to be played in what promises to be the biggest and most exciting WSOP ever.

Here’s the succession of other top finishers who made the final table, which was played over a three-day stretch at the Rio in Las Vegas:

Second Place:  Matt Grapenthien, from Chicago, IL finished as the runner up.  Second place paid $149,976.  “I was happy with how I played,” Grapenthien stated afterward.  He had reason to be proud, coming from behind multiple times and nearly winning the heads-up match.  This marked Grape’s 15th time to cash at the series, which puts him over the half-million dollar mark in WSOP winnings.  Grapes could also be happy with a 1st and a 2nd place showing in this event over the past three years.

Third Place:  George Danzer, the top German pro now residing in Salzburg, Austria made a serious bid for his fourth career gold bracelet, which would have made him a winner in three consecutive years.  He won twice 2014, once in Las Vegas and another at WSOP Asia-Pacific, and then repeated again in 2015, here in Las Vegas.  Danzer held the chip lead at various stages of the finale, but then went card dead towards the end play.  Danzer couldn’t win a chip in the final 45-minute span, it seemed, and he watched helplessly as most of the chips shifted across the table to his two rivals.  Nevertheless, Danzer picked up yet another six-figure score at the series, with a $103,230 payout in this tourney.  He now has 21 cashes and nearly $2 million in WSOP earnings.

Fourth Place:  Ted Forrest has been widely-regarded as one of the all-time greats in Seven-Card Stud for a very long time.  The six-time gold bracelet winner, with two victories in Stud and two more in Razz during his career, came close to another championship in this event, but ran out of steam as play became short-handed.  He took a tough beat on his final hand, being dealt three aces in his first four cards, which ended up losing to Robert Mizrachi’s flush on sixth street.  The deforestation resulted in a $72,971 payout for the longtime poker legend.

Fifth Place:  Steve Weiss, originally from Miami and now from Las Vegas, posted his deepest WSOP run with a fifth-place finish in this tournament.  He pocketed $53,012.  Weiss has been a regular in the highest-limit cash games in the world, which were played at the Mirage and Bellagio dating back over the last two decades.

Sixth Place:  David Benyamine, the French-born former tennis pro now residing in Henderson, NV finished in sixth place.  This was his best showing in three years.  Benyamine, a regular in Las Vegas’ high-stakes cash games, now has 27 cashes at the series and more than $2.1 million in career earnings.  This finish paid out 39,611.

Seventh Place:  Bill Chen, from Philadelphia, PA won two gold bracelets a decade ago here at the Rio.  He’s been searching for an elusive third victory since then, which has proven to be fleeting given the number of final tables at which he’s appeared (8).  Chen is a financial analyst for a prestigious investment firm and is one of the game’s top theorists.  Fittingly, he co-wrote a book titled, “The Mathematics of Poker.”  Chen added $30,466 to his poker bankroll.

Eighth Place:  Calvin Anderson, from Yukon, OK won the $1,500 Stud Eight-or-Better event two years ago at the 2014 WSOP.  He started off this year’s series with a deep run and a final table appearance just a few days after cashing in the 21,613-player Colossus II tourney (Event #2).  However, he couldn’t move up the money ladder once the finale was set.  Anderson, now with 23 WSOP cashes, pocketed $24,142 in prize money.

 

OTHER NOTABLE IN-THE MONEY FINISHERS: 

Rod Pardey, a longtime veteran of the Las Vegas poker scene, finished in ninth place, bubbling the final table.  This marked his eighth time to cash in a Seven-Card Stud event at the WSOP, dating all the way back to 1991.  Pardey owns two gold bracelets, which were earned in 1991 and 1994.

Adam Friedman, from Gahanna, OH and a graduate of Indiana University finished in 10th place.  Friedman won the $5K Stud Eight-or-Better tourney at the 2012 WSOP.  This was his fourth top-ten finish since that occasion.

Stephen Chidwick, loaded with cashes since 2010 (this was his 38th at the WSOP) is still searching for his first gold bracelet.  The British poker pro took 11th place in this tournament.

Jeffrey Lisando, who hold six WSOP titles, fell short of victory number seven, ending up in 13th place.  Lisandro, with $3.6 million in WSOP earnings, was the 2009 “Player of the Year” for that series.

Felipe Ramos, a popular player from Sao Paulo, put Brazil on the map with that nation’s first deep run here at the 2016 WSOP.

FUN FACTS:

Players ranged in ages from 21 up to 84.  The eldest participant was Freddy Ellis, at age 84.  He won this event in 2009.

Of the 87 entrants, 66 were from the United States, and 21 were from abroad.

Seven-Card Stud is an older and more traditional form of poker.  That was reflected in the average age of players for this event being about 10 years higher than typical gold bracelet tournaments.  The average age for this tourney was 43.
Four females entered the tournament.  However, none cashed.

Chris Ferguson, the 2000 WSOP Main Event Champion, entered this event and busted out on Day One.  This marked Ferguson’s first appearance in a WSOP-related event of any kind since 2010.

06/06/16 10:48:08 PM PST
 
Robert Mizrachi Wins 2016 Seven Card Stud Championship ($242,662)
 


Robert Mizrachi wins fourth WSOP bracelet

Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  
Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  

Matt Grapenthien brings in with a four, Robert Mizrachi completes and Matt Grapenthien raises. Mizrachi makes it three bets and Grapenthien calls.

Mizrachi stays ahead through fifth street and bets all the way, Grapenthien calls each street. On sixth street, Mizrachi bets and Grapenthien checks his stack, shrugs and announces "I raise" to put himself at risk. Mizrachi quickly calls the all-in and rolls over    for trips. Grapenthien flips over    and is drawing dead, Mizrachi runs to his rail to celebrate his victory and seventh street is already meaningless.

Grapenthien returns to the table to flip over his  , as does Mizrachi with the  , before they shake hands and part ways. Mizrachi wins his fourth career bracelet and a first-place payout of $242,662, Grapenthien has to settle for second place after winning this event in 2014 and receives $149,976 for his efforts.


Matt Grapenthien eliminated in second place

06/06/16 10:43:39 PM PST
 
Matt Grapenthien in Jeopardy
 

Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  
Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  

Matt Grapenthien brings it in with the  . Robert Mizrachi completes with the  , Grapenthien raises, and Mizrachi makes it three bets for a total of 180,000. Grapenthien calls.

Mizrachi has the lead the whole way, and he bets fourth, fifth, and sixth streets. Grapenthien calls all three streets, and both players check seventh street.

Mizrachi shows     for a pair of queens. It quickly becomes clear Grapenthien can't beat it, and Mizrachi's rail erupts in celebration. Grapenthien flashes another jack as he mucks, dropping down into the danger zone with just five big bets left in his stack. Mizrachi is now well in control of this heads-up match.

Robert Mizrachi - 3,745,000 (31 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 620,000 (5 BB)

06/06/16 10:30:10 PM PST
 
Robert Mizrachi Runs Well
 

Robert Mizrachi:     /     
Matt Grapenthien:     /      (fold)

Another four hands in a row go to Robert Mizrachi and he establishes a significant 3-1 lead over Matt Grapenthien.

Mizrachi completes with an ace and Grapenthien raises, Mizrachi calls. On fourth street, Mizrachi checks, Grapenthien bets, and Mizrachi calls. Fifth street goes check-check and Mizrachi pairs his ace on sixth, bets, and wins the hand after Grapenthien folds.

The next hand, Mizrachi completes with a king and Grapenthien calls with a seven. Mizrachi picks up a suited jack on fifth street and bets. Grapenthien folds. One hand later, Grapenthien completes with a jack, Mizrachi raises with a jack, and Grapenthien folds.

Grapenthien:     /      (fold)
Mizrachi:     /     

Grapenthien completes with a ten and Mizrachi calls. On fourth street, Mizrachi pairs his five and bets. Grapenthien calls. Mizrachi also bets fifth street, and Grapenthien calls. On sixth street, Mizrachi gets exposed trip fives and bets. Grapenthien folds and the loud applause of the Mizrachi rail follows.

Robert Mizrachi - 3,400,000 (28 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 1,050,000 (8 BB)

06/06/16 10:21:30 PM PST
 
More For Robert Mizrachi
 

Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  
Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  

After a series of small pots that mostly go Matt Grapenthien's way, Robert Mizrachi wins a big one to regain his losses. Mizrachi brings it in with the  . Grapenthien completes with the  , and Mizrachi calls.

Grapenthien bets his lead on fourth street, and Mizrachi calls. On fifth, Grapenthien checks, then calls a bet from Mizrachi. Grapenthien leads back out with bets on sixth and seventh streets. Mizrachi calls on sixth, but raises on seventh, and Grapenthien surrenders to the extra bet. Mizrachi wins the pot to extend his lead.

Robert Mizrachi - 2,585,000 (22 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 1,780,000 (15 BB)

06/06/16 10:12:14 PM PST
 
Robert Mizrachi Paces Back into Lead
 

 

Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  
Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  

Robert Mizrachi wins three smaller pots in a row on fifth street by betting, as Matt Grapenthien folds each time.

Then, Mizrachi completes, Grapenthien raises, and Mizrachi makes it three bets. Grapenthien calls and Mizrachi stays in the lead on fourth street. Mizrachi bets. Grapenthien calls.

On fifth street, Grapenthien takes the lead with a ten and checks. Mizrachi bets and Grapenthien calls. Mizrachi leads sixth and seventh street, betting all the way, and Grapenthien check-calls both times. Mizrachi shows     for a king-high flush and his rail celebrates loudly, as their favorite retakes the lead.

Robert Mizrachi - 2,420,000 (20 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 1,930,000 (16 BB)

06/06/16 10:00:58 PM PST
 
Matt Grapenthien Takes a Significant Lead
 

 

Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  
Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  

Matt Grapenthien brings it in with the  . Robert Mizrachi completes with the  , and Grapenthien calls.

Mizrachi has the betting lead the whole way, and he exercises that right on fourth, fifth, and sixth streets. Grapenthien calls all three bets. Mizrachi bets again on seventh, Grapenthien raises, and Mizrachi calls the extra bet to see the showdown.

Grapenthien tables    , winning the pot with a flush. He's now opened up a 2:1 chip lead in this hard-fought heads-up battle.

Matt Grapenthien - 2,875,000 (24 BB)
Robert Mizrachi - 1,490,000 (12 BB)

06/06/16 09:52:18 PM PST
 
No Action Just Yet; Stacks Evened Out
 

Matt Grapenthien:     /    
Robert Mizrachi:     /    

After returning from dinner break, only one hand makes it to fifth street. Matt Grapenthien completes with a seven and Robert Mizrachi calls. Grapenthien stays in the lead on fourth and fifth street and bets. Mizrachi calls the first bet, then folds to the second.

Both players start a hand with an ace shortly after and Mizrachi brings in with the  , Grapenthien just calls with the  . Mizrachi pairs his ace on fourth and bets. Grapenthien folds and shows a pair of nines.

The vast majority of hands don't go beyond third street though and after a spell of six completions in a row, the stacks are even.

Robert Mizrachi - 2,200,000 (18 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 2,150,000 (17 BB)

06/06/16 09:41:45 PM PST
 
Level 27 Started
 
Level: 27 Limits: 60k/120k Bring-in: 20k Ante: 15k
06/06/16 08:56:05 PM PST
 
Dinner Break
 

The two finalists agree on a 45-minute dinner break, and they'll be back on stage to settle the score at 9:40 p.m. local time. Here's how they'll stack up in Level 27:

Robert Mizrachi - 2,385,000 (20 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 1,980,000 (17 BB)

06/06/16 08:50:36 PM PST
 
Robert Mizrachi Gets Some Back
 

Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  
Matt Grapenthien:          /  

The next big hand starts like the previous one. Robert Mizrachi completes, Matt Grapenthien raises, and Mizrachi makes it three bets. Grapenthien calls. Mizrachi stays in the lead on fourth to sixth street and bets each of then with Grapenthien calling all the way,

On seventh street, Mizrachi bets and Grapenthien calls. Mizrachi rolls over     and his rail calls out the hand: "Ten-eight, he has a straight." Mizrachi's rail starts cheering and Grapenthien mucks his cards shortly after.

Robert Mizrachi - 2,050,000 (20 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 2,300,000 (23 BB)

06/06/16 08:45:05 PM PST
 
Matt Grapenthien Increases Lead
 

Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  
Matt Grapenthien:          /  

The fireworks already start on third street. Robert Mizrachi completes, Matt Grapenthien raises, and Mizrachi makes it three bets, Grapenthien calls. On fourth street, Grapenthien takes the lead with an ace and checks. Mizrachi bets and Grapenthien calls.

On fifth street, Grapenthien checks, Mizrachi bets, and Grapenthien calls.

Sixth street brings the third club for Grapenthien and he checks. Mizrachi bets and Grapenthien check-raises. Mizrachi calls and they head to seventh street. Grapenthien checks, Mizrachi bets and Grapenthien check-raises again! Mizrachi calls and Grapenthien shows     for an ace-high flush.

Mizrachi mixes all his cards together including the   , but cannot find a full house and Grapenthien extend his lead.

Matt Grapenthien - 2,750,000 (27 BB)
Robert Mizrachi - 1,600,000 (16 BB)

06/06/16 08:42:35 PM PST
 
Back and Forth They Go
 

 

Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  
Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  

Matt Grapenthien brings it in with the  . Robert Mizrachi completes, Grapenthien raises, and Mizrachi makes it three bets for 150,000 total. Grapenthien calls.

Mizrachi bets his lead on fourth street, and Grapenthien calls. That reverses on fifth with Grapenthien taking the lead and betting and Mizrachi calling. It switches yet again on sixth with Mizrachi taking the lead and betting. Grapenthien raises though, and Mizrachi calls the extra bet. On seventh, Mizrachi checks, Grapenthien bets, and Mizrachi folds. Grapenthien flashes    for a straight, winning the pot and taking the chip lead once again.

Grapenthien:     /      /  
Mizrachi:     /      /  

One hand later, Grapenthien brings it in with the  . Mizrachi completes with the  , and Grapenthien calls. Mizrachi bets his lead on fourth street, and Grapenthien calls. The lead changes hands on fifth, and Grapenthien check-calls a bet there, then another one on sixth. He leads out with a bet of his own on seventh, and Mizrachi raises. The extra bet sends "Grapes" deep into the tank, and he spends about two minutes deliberating before calling.

Mizrachi announces his hand and shows    , winning the pot with treys full.

Those two big confrontations have essentially a net-zero result, and the chip counts are right back where they were beforehand.

Robert Mizrachi - 2,350,000 (24 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 2,000,000 (20 BB)

06/06/16 08:27:35 PM PST
 
The Battle Continues: Robert Mizrachi Takes Lead
 

Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  
Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  

Matt Grapenthien completes with an eight, Robert Mizrachi raises with a six, and Grapenthien makes it three bets. Mizrachi calls. Grapenthien bets fourth street and Mizrachi calls.

On fifth street, Grapenthien bets, Mizrachi raises, and Grapenthien calls. Mizrachi pairs his eight on sixth street to take the lead and bets. Grapenthien calls.

After seventh street, Mizrachi bets again and Grapenthien gives him a stare down before folding.

Robert Mizrachi - 2,400,000 (24 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 1,950,000 (19 BB)

06/06/16 08:23:40 PM PST
 
Matt Grapenthien Retakes the Chip Lead
 

 

Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  
Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  

Matt Grapenthien has won a handful of small but meaningful pots over the past few minutes, and he's within reach of Robert Mizrachi as this hand begins.

Grapenthien brings it in with the  . Mizrachi completes with the  , and Grapenthien calls.

Mizrachi bets his lead on fourth street, and Grapenthien calls. When he bets again on fifth, Grapenthien raises, and Mizrachi calls the extra bet. Grapenthien shows four to a straight on sixth street, and Mizrachi check-calls a bet. That action repeats on seventh street, with Mizrachi check-calling one last bet.

Grapenthien shows    , winning the pot with a ten-high straight. He's now pulled into the chip lead, essentially swapping stack sizes with Mizrachi since the heads-up match began.

Matt Grapenthien - 2,475,000 (25 BB)
Robert Mizrachi - 1,875,000 (19 BB)

06/06/16 08:18:18 PM PST
 
Matt Grapenthien Closes the Gap
 

Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  
Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  

Robert Mizrachi is the bring-in with the  . Matt Grapenthien completes, and Mizrachi calls.

Grapenthien pairs his door card on fourth and double bets for 100,000. Mizrachi calls. Grapenthein improves to exposed trips on fifth and bets every street to showdown with Mizrachi calling all the way.

Grapenthien reveals     for eights full, and it's good. Mizrachi flashes    as he mucks his inferior seven-high straight.

Matt Grapenthien - 1,770,000 (18 BB)
Robert Mizrachi - 2,580,000 (26 BB)

06/06/16 08:06:47 PM PST
 
Mizrachi Increases Pressure and Lead
 

Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  
Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  

Robert Mizrachi starts the heads-up duel in a very aggressive way and completes every high card. Matt Grapenthien calls twice and gives up on fourth street. Then, Mizrachi just calls the bring in and Grapenthien checks.

On fourth street, Mizrachi bets a king and Grapenthien calls. Fifth and sixth street both  go check-check. Mizrachi then bets seventh street and Grapenthien folds. Mizrachi's rail starts cheering.

Robert Mizrachi - 3,100,000 (31 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 1,250,000 (12 BB)

06/06/16 08:01:17 PM PST
 
Level 26 Started
 
Level: 26 Limits: 50k/100k Bring-in: 20k Ante: 10k
06/06/16 07:58:18 PM PST
 
Two Pair for Robert Mizrachi
 

Robert Mizrachi:     /      /  
Matt Grapenthien:     /      /  

Robert Mizrachi completes with an eight and Matt Grapenthien calls. On fourth street, Grapenthien bets his ace and Mizrachi calls. Fifth street is checked through and Mizrachi then pairs his three on sixth street. Mizrachi bets and Grapenthien calls. After seventh street, Mizrachi bets and Grapenthien folds.

Robert Mizrachi - 2,950,000 (37 BB)
Matt Grapenthien - 1,400,000 (17 BB)

06/06/16 07:55:10 PM PST
 
Matt Grapenthien Rolled Up
 

Matt Grapenthien has been responsible for the bring-in for four out of the last five hands.

Robert Mizrachi has completed on each of those occasions, as he's done for every hand in which Grapenthien brings-in during this heads-up match. Grapenthien has called the extra bet just once, putting in a second bet on each of the other three hands. The first two times, Mizrachi called to proceed.

This most recent time, however, Mizrachi just surrenders rather than pay the extra bet. When he does, Grapenthien lets out a sigh. Grapenthien is showing the   in the door, and he exposes his    as he stacks the small pot.

"You're supposed to, like, play back at me because I've done that a couple times," he smiles.

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