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Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:03 PM Local Time
The button is with Vladimir Schmelev in Seat 3. Robert Mizrachi raises to 105,000 and takes down the blinds and antes uncontested.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:02 PM Local Time
Mikael Thuritz has the button in Seat 2. Daniel Alaei raises to 125,000 and wins the blinds and antes.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 4:00 PM Local Time
The button is with David Baker in Seat 1. Robert Mizrachi raises to 105,000 from the cutoff. The button and small blind fold, but Vladimir Schmelev decides to defend his big blind on this occasion with a re-raise to a total of 390,000. Mizrachi thinks for a moment but decides to find a better spot as that pot is shipped to Russia.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:58 PM Local Time
Robert Mizrachi has the button in Seat 8. The action folds around to Daniel Alaei, who raises. Mikael Thuritz moves all in for 760,000 from the big blind and Alaei calls.
The flop is , Thuritz hitting a flush draw. He fills it on the turn with the and scores the double-up.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:54 PM Local Time
The button is with David Oppenheim in Seat 7. Daniel Alaei comes in raising for 125,000 before Oppenheim announces a raise. He tosses out calling chips before adding an additional 310,000 to the bet. The blinds fold as does Alaei and Oppenheim takes it down.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:53 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 6. John Juanda raises to 120,000 and Mizrachi reraises to 325,000. Juanda folds and Mizrachi wins the pot.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:53 PM Local Time
"Grind-ah! Grind-ah!" chanted Michael Mizrachi's mom, along with his wife Lily Elviro as he took down that last pot. As expected, the Mizrachis have been quite a vocal cheering squad and break into wild screams and cheers whenever one of the brothers earns some chips.
After that last display of...enthusiasm, however, Grinder gave a bit of an eye-roll in their general direction, much like high school athlete might to his overzealous parents in the stands.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:50 PM Local Time
The button is with Daniel Alaei in Seat 5. Play folds around the table to Michael Mizrachi who completes from the small blind. David Oppenheim checks his option in the big blind.
The flop arrives and Mizrachi leads out for 55,000 to take it down.
Another chant breaks out and some fans are even on their feet. We fear what might happen if Grinder wins a pot worth more than just the blinds and antes!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:47 PM Local Time
John Juanda has the button in Seat 4. Vladimir Schmelev opens for 110,000 from the cutoff and John Juanda tanks for a moment before three-betting to 325,000. Schmelev folds and Juanda wins the pot.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:46 PM Local Time
The button is with Vladimir Schmelev in Seat 3. Michael Mizrachi raises it up to 95,000 from under the gun to take down the blinds and antes uncontested, as an impromptu "Grinder! Grinder! Grinder!" chant breaks out in the stands.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:44 PM Local Time
Mikael Thuritz has the button in Seat 2. Robert Mizrachi raises to 105,000 and John Juanda calls from the small blind. The flop is and both players check. The turn is the and Juanda stares at the felt pensively before reaching into his stack and betting 155,000. Mizrachi folds and Juanda takes it down.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:41 PM Local Time
The button is with David Baker in Seat 1. Play folds around to Robert Mizrachi in the cutoff position and he continues his aggressive play with a raise to 105,000. He meets no resistance and takes down the blinds and antes.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:39 PM Local Time
Robert Mizrachi has the button in Seat 8. David Oppenheim opens for 110,000 from the cutoff and wins the blinds and antes.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:38 PM Local Time
The button is with David Oppenheim in Seat 7. Fresh off a double up, Mikael Thuritz is straight back into the action with a 110,000-chip raise from under the gun. Action passes to Daniel Alaei who makes the call, as does Michael Mizrachi in the cutoff. The action is then with David Oppenheim who deliberates for some time before coming along for the ride.
The blinds fold and four players take a flop of . Thuritz taps the table but Alaei decides to take a stab worth 300,000. It works, as his three opponents quickly run for cover.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:34 PM Local Time
Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 6. Mikael Thuritz opens for 110,000 and Robert Mizrachi calls from the big blind. The flop comes down and Mizrachi moves all in. Thuritz calls all-in for 375,000.
The on the turn gives Mizrachi a flush draw to go with his pair of sixes and gunshot straight draw, but the river blanks out with the and Thuritz doubles up, much to the chagrin of the pro-Mizrachi crowd.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:32 PM Local Time
We admit we haven't heard a lot about Mikael Thuritz, but a quick look at his poker resume told us that this guy is the real deal as the young Swede has results dating back to 2003 across a multitude of countries including Finland, Australia, Spain, England, Sweden, Monaco, Wales and the United States.
Thuritz also has four WPT cashes and two WSOP cashes to his credit - both of which were in the WSOP Main Event (2006 and 2009) with his biggest cash in the 2006 WSOP Main Event where 41st place was good for $247,399.
Thuritz has no notable results in 2010 with his last major cash coming in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event at the 2009 Five Diamond Poker Classic where he collected the trophy and $162,475.
He's taken some hits here so far at this final table to now find himself on the short stack but don't count out this talented Swede just yet!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:30 PM Local Time
The button is with Daniel Alaei in Seat 5 and action folds around the table to him. Alaei limps into the pot. Michael Mizrachi folds his small blind but David Oppenheim adds an additional 160,000 to the pot from the big blind. Alaei makes the call.
The flop falls and Oppenheim checks to Alaei who fires 200,000. Oppenheim quickly releases and Alaei wins the pot.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:25 PM Local Time
John Juanda has the button in Seat 4. David Oppenheim raised to 110,000 and David Baker asked for a count of Oppenheim's stack. He reraised to 375,000 and the action folded back around to Oppenheim. After tanking for about a minute, Oppenheim called.
The flop was . Oppenheim checked to Baker, who bet 500,000. Oppenheim moved all in for 525,000 and Baker called.
The turn was the , the river was the and Oppenheim doubled up to about 1.8 million.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:22 PM Local Time
As Daniel Alaei moved all-in against Mikael Thuritz, no one looked happier about it than David Oppenheim, who has been fighting on the short stack since last night. When that ace appeared on the turn, however, his face dropped ten stories, as his hopes of jumping up one rung on the pay ladder faded.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 3:20 PM Local Time
The button is with Vladimir Schmelev in Seat 3. Mikael Thuritz raises to 110,000 from the cutoff with John Juanda making the call in the small blind. The action is then with Daniel Alaei in the big blind who announces he is all in for his last 1.325 million. Thuritz quickly moves all in over the top, as Juanda gets out of the way.
The board is spread and Alaei spikes his ace on the turn to double up to over 2.7 million chips.