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2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Monday, June 10, 2019 to Wednesday, June 12, 2019

$1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better (Event #27)

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $621,000
  • Entries: 460
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:04 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi Wins 5th Bracelet in Event #27: $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo

Michael Mizrachi

"Grinder! Grinder! Grinder!"

Not for the first time, the chants of Michael Mizrachi's rail echoed around the Amazon room here in Event #27: $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino as he captured bracelet number five, becoming the most successful bracelet-winner of the decade. Mizrachi topped a field of 460 and defeated Robert Gray heads-up to secure the title, nine years after his first back in 2010.

And with the Poker Players Championship still to come this year, the Grinder could yet add bracelet number six in an event he's won three times before.

Here are the final payouts:

1Michael MizrachiUnited States$142,801
2Robert GrayUnited States$88,254
3Michael SopkoUnited States$60,330
4Elias HouraniUnited States$42,014
5Jan SteinUnited States$29,818
6Jose Paz-GutierrezBolivia$21,575

"It's an amazing accomplishment," Mizrachi told PokerNews shortly after his victory, "But I'm going to give it all to these beads."

He gestured to some beads hanging around his neck.

"I didn't have them on for the whole World Series so far. So I said I'd look for them, and I found them. I had them on last Series and of course I did great, so in this tournament, I had them on from the start and I ended up winning so I can't take them off!

"It was a tough table but I think the experience helped me out a little bit from, you know, a lot of tournament experience. I feel like I had a pretty good edge on the players in certain spots where they probably wouldn't play hands. I played those hands where I know they're going to fold and that way I can win a lot of antes and bring-ins."

Mizrachi praised his friends and family that were on his rail for most of his final table.

"I couldn't do it without them. You have to have fun when you play poker so you always have to have a good time. Especially at a final table where you know you're going to get a big payout and you have a chance for the gold bracelet."

Final Day Recap

Jan Stein crept into the final day as the short stack, but chipped up through Jose Paz-Gutierrez early on to leave his opponent short, and the Bolivian would become the first elimination of the day at the hands of Michael Sopko.

Sopko made aces up on sixth street, and Paz-Gutierrez needed a low card to chop but could only muster up an inferior two pair to bust in sixth.

He was soon followed out the door by Stein, who ran into the full house of Robert Gray to bust in fifth. This moved Gray into the chip lead and he would extend it after making a flush against Elias Hourani.

Left with just over two big bets, Hourani could have folded but battled back as start-of-day chip leader Michael Mizrachi headed in the other direction. Sopko moved into the lead, but not for long as Gray came back to lead at the first break.

Final Table Set
Final Table Set

Three-Handed Play

Hourani was eliminated shortly after the resumption of play, and so began an extended period of three-handed play. Gray held the lead from Mizrachi, with Sopko following closely behind. But with the limits at 50,000/100,000, all it took was a couple of pots or a scoop or two to make a dent in a player's stack.

For example, Sopko was scooped twice and was almost all in against Mizrachi only for the Grinder to fold seventh street to allow his opponent to survive. Mizrachi then moved into a commanding chip lead with over half the chips in play but less than half an hour later the trio were almost even again.

Eventually Sopko moved back to the bottom of the counts, and although he doubled through Mizrachi and Gray, he failed to make any concerted inroads into the two chip leaders and was eliminated in third place

Michael Sopko Eliminated in Third Place
Michael Sopko Eliminated in Third Place

Heads-Up for the Bracelet

Heads-up was a fascinating affair with Mizrachi starting as a slight chip leader. The stacks evened out but back came Mizrachi to open up a 2:1 lead. Both players were buoyed by boisterous rails, and once Mizrachi got his opponent below a million in chips, you felt it was a matter of when, not if, Mizrachi got his hands on the bracelet.

And although Gray doubled twice later on, it wasn't enough as Mizrachi held on for bracelet number five.

Champion Michael Mizrachi
Champion Michael Mizrachi took home $142,801 and his fifth bracelet.
Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:03 PM Local Time
Robert Gray Eliminated in 2nd Place ($88,254)

Robert Gray

Michael Mizrachi completed after Robert Gray brought it in, and Gray called. Gray got his last 340,000 in on fourth street, Mizrachi called, and they had the following boards:

Michael Mizrachi:    /   
Robert Gray:    /   

Gray had the lead with his pair of kings, while Mizrachi was behind with a pair of nines. Mizrachi got a brick on fifth street with the  , and Gray caught the  . Mizrachi picked up another pair with the   on sixth street, prompting his boisterous rail to began chanting, "Two pair!" Gray picked up the  , and needed to improve on seventh street to keep his hunt for his first bracelet alive.

Mizrachu showed his final card on seventh street first, and turned over the  . Gray peeled his card back, then flung the   up on the felt, prompting a celebration and a "Grinder!" chant from Mizrachi's rail.

Champion Michael Mizrachi
Champion Michael Mizrachi
Michael Mizrachi4,600,000500,000
Robert Gray0-520,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:51 PM Local Time
Small Double for Gray

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Robert Gray:    /      /  

Robert Gray was all in on third street against the split nines of Michael Mizrachi. Gray picked up a pair of his own on fourth street but come fifth street he needed help to stay alive.

Mizrachi showed the   with Gray needing to make two pair or better. He slammed the   for trip threes to double up to just over 500,000.

Michael Mizrachi4,100,000-225,000
Robert Gray520,000245,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:47 PM Local Time
Gray Down To Just One Big Bet

Michael Mizrachi:    /    
Robert Gray:    /    

Michael Mizrachi brought it in, and Robert Gray completed. Gray bet fourth street, Mizrachi raised, and Gray called. Mizrachi bet fifth street, and Gray, who had 275,000 behind, tanked for two minutes before folding.

Michael Mizrachi4,325,0001,225,000
Robert Gray275,000-1,225,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:34 PM Local Time
Gray Doubles Up

Robert Gray

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Robert Gray:    /      /  

Gray brought in with a king(!) and Mizrachi called. Gray bet on all streets, being all in come seventh street. Mizrachi called opening    for his down cards and then peeled seventh street. He flung the   face up onto the table as Gray showed     for kings up and he doubled up.

Michael Mizrachi3,100,000-700,000
Robert Gray1,500,000700,000
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Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:22 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Level: 32
Blinds: 120000/240000
Ante: 30000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:19 PM Local Time
Gray Under a Million

Robert Gray

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Robert Gray:    /      /  

Michael Mizrachi brought it in, then called when Robert Gray completed. Gray bet fourth street, and Mizrachi called.

Both players checked fifth street, and Mizrachi took the lead for the final two streets, with Gray calling. Mizrachi tabled     for a full house, and Gray flashed     before mucking.

Michael Mizrachi3,800,000500,000
Robert Gray800,000-600,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:16 PM Local Time
Mizrachi Holding Steady

Michael Mizrachi:    /     
Robert Gray:    /      - folded on sixth street

Robert Gray had been mounting a small comeback against Michael Mizrachi but after calling a completion from his opponent and check-calling on fourth and fifth street, he check-folded on sixth street to allow Mizrachi to resume his 2:1 chip lead.

Michael Mizrachi3,300,0000
Robert Gray1,400,000100,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:09 PM Local Time
Mizrachi Extends His Lead

Michael Mizrachi:    /    
Robert Gray:    /    

Michael Mizrachi brought it in, then called when Robert Gray completed.

Gray bet fourth street, and Mizrachi made it two bets. Gray called, and Mizrachi bet again on fifth. Gray thought for thirty seconds or so, then folded.

Michael Mizrachi3,300,0001,200,000
Robert Gray1,300,000-300,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:05 PM Local Time
Mizrachi into Chip Lead Once More

Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Robert Gray:    /      /  

Michael Mizrachi brought in and Robert Gray completed. Mizrachi raised and Gray called. Gray check-called on fourth street and Mizrachi bet fifth and sixth street.

Gray called and then called on the end only for Mizrachi to show     for a full house and take down the pot, moving into a 2:1 chip lead.

Michael Mizrachi3,000,000900,000
Robert Gray1,600,000-1,000,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:03 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Robert Gray2,600,000-200,000
Michael Mizrachi2,100,000300,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:57 PM Local Time
Gray's Two Pair Best Mizrachi's Three Pair

Robert Gray

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Robert Gray:    /      /  

Robert Gray brought it in, then called when Michael Mizrachi completed. Mizrachi bet fourth street, and Gray raised. Mizrachi called, then bet again on fifth street. Gray called.

Gray took back the betting lead on sixth and seventh streets, and Mizrachi called both barrels. Gray turned over     for aces-up, and Mizrachi tossed the    on the felt for nines and sevens in addition to the open pair of twos he had showing before mucking.

Robert Gray2,800,000800,000
Michael Mizrachi1,800,000-800,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:42 PM Local Time
Back Comes Gray

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Robert Gray:    /      /  

Robert Gray brought in and Michael Mizrachi completed. Gray called and then called a bet from Mizrachi on fourth street. The pair checked fifth street and Gray bet sixth street.

Mizrachi called and the pair checked seventh street. Gray showed     for a pair of sixes and took down the pot.

Michael Mizrachi2,600,000-500,000
Robert Gray2,000,000500,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:40 PM Local Time
Mizrachi Opens Up a Lead

Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi:    /   
Robert Gray:    /   

Michael Mizrachi brought it in, and Robert Gray completed. Mizrachi made it two bets, and Gray called. Mizrachi bet fourth street, and Gray thought for a bit before folding.

Michael Mizrachi3,100,000500,000
Robert Gray1,500,000-500,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:29 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Michael Mizrachi2,600,000-200,000
Robert Gray2,000,000200,000
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Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:22 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Level: 31
Blinds: 100000/200000
Ante: 20000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:21 PM Local Time
Mizrachi Hammers Back

Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Robert Gray:    /      /  

Michael Mizrachi brought it in, then called when Robert Gray completed. Gray bet the next three streets, with Mizrachi calling each time.

On seventh street, Gray checked, and Mizrachi paused, then fired a bet. Gray gave it some thought, then folded.

"Let's go!" shouted one of Mizrachi's supporters on the rail as he took back the chip lead.

Michael Mizrachi2,800,000500,000
Robert Gray1,800,000-500,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:16 PM Local Time
Gray Ties it Up

Robert Gray

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Robert Gray:    /      /  

Michael Mizrachi brought it in, then made it two bets after Robert Gray completed. Gray called.

Mizrachi bet fourth street, and Gray raised. Mizrachi called, then called bets on fifth and sixth street before folding on seventh street.

Robert Gray2,300,000400,000
Michael Mizrachi2,300,000-400,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:06 PM Local Time
Michael Sopko Eliminated in 3rd Place ($60,330)

Michael Sopko

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Michael Sopko:    /      /  

Michael Sopko brought it in, and Michael Mizrachi completed. Sopko called, then the duo bet and raised enough to get Sopko's last 280,000 in on fourth street.

Mizrachi held a pair of queens in the hole, while Sopko had four pieces to a low. Mizrachi improved to two pair by sixth street, while Sopko added a pair of jacks to his low cards. Mizrachi peeled the   over first, meaning he had the high locked up with a full house. Sopko peeked at his card, needing a low card to survive, then tossed the   on the felt, confirming his elimination.

Michael Sopko
Michael Sopko
Michael Mizrachi2,700,000700,000
Robert Gray1,900,000-100,000
Michael Sopko0-600,000
Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:58 PM Local Time
Gray Closes The Gap

Michael Mizrachi:    /      /  
Robert Gray:    /      /  

Robert Gray brought it in, then called after Michael Mizrachi completed. Mizrachi bet fourth street, which Gray called, then Gray bet the rest of the way. Mizrachi called up to seventh street, where he paused for a bit, then folded.

Michael Mizrachi2,000,000-600,000
Robert Gray2,000,000600,000
Michael Sopko600,000-80,000