WSOP Event #45 and #46: Mizrachi Wins Players Championship, Weissman Takes Down NLHE

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2012. June 30.
Only the 8-handed final table was left for Day 5 of Event #45 $50,000 Poker Players Championship 8-game, a day after Event #46 $2,500 No Limit Hold'em Day 3 was organised with 25 players returning.
The $50,000 Poker Players Championship 8-game finale was held on Event Day 5, with 2010 champion Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi in the chiplead, accompanied by some of the greatest names in the industry:

WSOP 2012 Event #45 Stacks

A double elimination, executed by Mizrachi, was the first of the final table: in a NLHE hand he railed shortstack Bruno Fitoussi and Bill Chen. Stephen Chidwick was his next victim in a PLO hand, followed by Roland Israelashvili and Luke ‘FullFlush’ Schwartz. The heads-up was set when Andy Bloch got eliminated.

Michael Mizrachi: 10,500,000
Chris Klodnicki: 5,700,000


‘The Grinder’ dominated their clash and they shoved preflop in the final Omaha-8 hand:

Mizrachi: {#}Q {#}J {#}9 {#}8
Klodnicki: {#}A {#}J {#}9 {#}2

Board: {#}T {#}T {#}7 {#}6 {#}A

Mizrachi had a straight that won him his 3rd bracelet and 2nd $50,000 Players Championship title.

Michael Mizrachi
Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi

The end results are as follows:


WSOP 2012 Event #45 Winnings

Among the 25 players who returned on Day 3 of the $2,500 NLHE event were William Reynolds, Vanessa Selbst and Joey Weissman, the latter already in the chiplead. He still had the biggest stack when the 9-handed final table was set:

WSOP 2012 Event #46 Stacks

Konstantin Puchkov finished in 9th place, followed by Joshua Pedraza, Michael Gagliano, Joe Gualtieri, Bradley Lipsey and Philip ‘meuli4’ Meulyzer. Fernando Brito’s elimination set the heads-up.

Joey Weissman: 8,400,000
Jeremy Quehen: 3,600,000


In the 3 hours long play, Jeremy Quehen managed to come back but lost the lead again to Weissman, who started the last hand with a minor edge. He opened to 240,000, Quehen called, the flop came {#}Q {#}5 {#}3 . Quehen bet 350,000, Weissman called. On the {#}7 turn, Quehen pushed in 800,000, Weissman called again. They shoved on the {#}J river, where Weissman showed an unbeatable {#}A {#}Q .

Taking down smaller US events in the past, Joey Weissman has now won his first WSOP bracelet ever.

Joey Weissman
Joey Weissman

The end results are as follows:

WSOP 2012 Event #46 Winnings

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