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2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, May 28, 2010 to Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Event #2: $50,000 Poker Players Championship

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  • Buy-in: $50,000
  • Prizepool: $5,568,000
  • Entries: 116
  • Remaining: 0

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:30 AM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev has the button. He opens for 245,000 and wins the blinds and antes.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:29 AM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi raises the button to 245,000 and Vladimir Schmelev makes the call in the big blind.

The flop is     and Schmelev checks to Mizrachi who bets 300,000. Schmelev just won't go away as he quickly calls.

The turn brings the   and Schmelev checks again to Mizrachi. This time his bet of 500,000 gets some respect as Schmelev gives it up.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:26 AM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev has the button and raises to 245,000. Mizrachi three-bets to 1,000,000 and Schmelev folds.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:26 AM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi limps the button before Vladimir Schmelev raises it 290,000. Mizrachi makes the call.

The flop arrives     and Schmelev bets 300,000. Mizrachi makes the call. The turn is the   and Schmelev checks over to Mizrachi who fires 500,000. Schmelev defiantly plonks a stack into the middle to make the call.

On the   river, again Schmelev checks and then instantly calls the 600,000-chip bet from Mizrachi.

"Ace-high..." sighs Mizrachi as Schmelev shows    for trip jacks to take down another huge pot to muffled applause from the Russians in the outer.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:22 AM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev has the button and opens for a raise, but gets no action.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:21 AM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi folds his button and Vladimir Schmelev gets a walk.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:20 AM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev has the button. He gives Mizrachi a walk in the big blind.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:19 AM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi raises the button to 245,000, but Vladimir Schmelev responds with a re-raise to a total of 790,000. Mizrachi makes the call as there's a huge mountain of chips in the pot before the flop is even dealt.

The flop falls     and Schmelev comes out swinging with a bet of 1.1 million. Mizrachi quickly calls with little hesitation. This is now a make or break pot.

The turn is a repeat  . Schmelev puts on the breaks and checks over to Mizrachi who checks behind.

The river is the   and again Schmelev checks over to Mizrachi who takes a long look at the board with an anguished look upon his face. He wants to bet but can't pull the trigger as he reluctantly checks behind.

Schmelev turns over   , almost embarassed, but his rivered pair of sixes is best as Mizrachi mucks!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:13 AM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev has the button. He raises to 180,000 and Mizrachi calls.

The flop is     and Mizrachi check-calls Schmelev's 300,000 bet. Mizrachi checks the   on the turn and after asking the dealer to spread out the pot, Schmelev bets 700,000. Mizrachi folds and Schmelev wins the pot.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:09 AM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi has the button but he doesn't like what he sees as he gives Vladimir Schmelev a walk.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:08 AM Local Time

Vladimir Schmelev has the button. He opens for 225,000 and wins the blinds and antes.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:07 AM Local Time

The first hand of heads-up play sees Michael Mizrachi with the button and he comes out raising as he makes it 220,000 to play. Vladimir Schmelev thinks for a moment before giving it up.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:00 AM Local Time

The money is on the table and our final two are about to go heads-up for the bracelet and $1.55 million. Mizrachi has about a 1.5 to 1 chip lead over Schmelev.

Michael Mizrachi 10,635,000

Vladimir Schmelev 6,765,000

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:55 PM Local Time

Hand #152 -

Vladimir Schmelev has the button in Seat 3. He raises to 225,000, Michael Mizrachi three-bets to 600,000 from the small blind, and David Oppenheim moves all-in from the big blind for an additional 2.7 million, Schmelev folds, and Mizrachi goes into the tank. He makes the call.

Mizrachi   

Oppenheim   

The Mizrachi contingent is on their feet and craning their necks around the table as the flop comes down    . The turn is the  , no help for Mizrachi, but a heaven-sent   falls on the river. The Grinder's supporters erupt in cheers, enveloping their man in hugs as he eliminates Oppenheim in third place.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:48 PM Local Time

The button is with David Oppenheim in Seat 7. Oppenheim is currently in freefall and needs to right the ship very quickly. He opts to sit this one out as Vladimir Schmelev raises to 290,000 from the small blind. Michael Mizrachi folds his big blind and Schmelev collects the pot.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:47 PM Local Time

Michael Mizrachi has the button in Seat 6. David Oppenheim completes the small blind and Vladimir Schmelev checks his option. The flop is     and Oppenheim leads out for 130,000. Schmelev calls and they go to the turn. It's the   and Oppenheim fires out another 340,000. Schmelev makes the call. The river is the   and Oppenheim bets 390,000, Schmelev looking him up.

Oppenheim shows    for jacks and sevens but Schmelev has the better two pair with    for queens and jacks and takes it down.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:44 PM Local Time

The button is with Vladimir Schmelev in Seat 3. Play folds around and David Oppenheim gets a walk.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:44 PM Local Time

David Oppenheim has the button in Seat 7. Vladimir Schmelev raises to 295,000 and wins the blinds and antes to some encouraging shouts in Russian from Alexander Kostritsyn and a gaggle of Russians who have arrived to sweat him from the Jack's Links lounge.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:43 PM Local Time

WIth those last two pots, Michael Mizrachi has jumped out to a nice lead over his two opponents. Short-stacked only a bit more than an hour ago, Mizrachi has found a new gear during three-handed play and is taking full advantage of his wealth of short-handed no-limit hold'em experience. Oppenheim may be a frequent presence in the "Big Game," but is not known as much for his no-limit hold'em game as he is for his world-class talent in limit games, especially stud. Vladimir Schmelev is also a mixed-games specialist and plays regularly in the biggest cash games in his native St. Petersburg, Russia, but has little in the way of NLHE tournament results. Still both players are managing to hold their own in the face of Mizrachi's aggression.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:41 PM Local Time

The button is with Michael Mizrachi in Seat 6. He folds and David Oppenheim makes a raise to 265,000 from the small blind. Vladimir Schmelev quickly responds with a re-raise to 755,000 from the big blind. Oppenheim really has been under the pump over the last few hours and again he's put to a tough decision. He sits in the tank for a loooong time and considers all of his options before finally making a reluctant fold.

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