Sunday April 24, 2016 at 4:19 am
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The Grinder returns! One of the most-recognizable players from the poker boom is trying to win the Monster WPT Tournament of Champions on his home turf of Florida. The Grinder has nearly $15 million in career winnings along with 3 bracelets and 2 WPT titles. He's second in chips with 6 players left at the Seminole Hard Rock. The $15,000 buy-in event drew in 64 previous WPT champions. Jonathan Jaffe (WPT Montreal champ) is the chip leader with a shade under 1M. Also rounding out the final table are 2-time WPT champ Darren Elias, Noah Schwartz (WPT and Alpha8 high roller champ), and a pair of unknowns -- Morocco's Farid Yachou (WPT Amsterdam champ) and Romania's Vlad Darie (WPT Vienna champ). First place pays out $381,600 and a Corvette!

Grinder 2006
The Grinder wins the 2006 WPT Borgata (Pic by Pauly, Tao of Poker)

Of course, The Grinder was going to make the final table of the MONSTER WPT Tournament of Champions. The 2-time WPT champion was playing in his backyard. The entire Mizrachi clan grew up in South Florida, so it goes without saying that The Grinder will have an added home-field advantage with an overwhelming amount of friends and family on the rail at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Can the Grinder ship his third WPT title for his sixth major win? He currently holds 3 WSOP bracelets and 2 WPT previous wins including the WPT L.A. Poker Classic and WPT Borgata Winter Open. The Grinder won the 2005 LAPC at the height of the online poker boom. He took home nearly $1.9 million! Both of his WPT wins occurred a decade ago, but can he finally breakthrough once again?


This year's Tournament of Champions was a special event open to previous WPT champions. Anyone who won an event on the tour this season automatically received an invite (free buy-in) to the TOC. Any old-school champ could fork over $15,000 for a seat. Overall, 64 members of the "Champions Club" took a shot at this year's TOC. The prize pool was a tad over $1 million, with $100,000 added to sweeten the booty, along with a special bonus package that includes a new Corvette and other cool schwag.


First place pays out $381,600 and 6th place pays out $58,300. Huge money difference, plus some baller-ass-shit like a car (not just any car, a Corvette) and a gold-plated credit card. Seriously, that's hella-gangsta shit. The winner also gets a Hublot watch, bad-ass headphones, and a round of golf with Matt Savage. What more can you ask for? The winner is getting some first-class treatment.


The Grinder will begin the final table second in chips trailing Jonathan Jaffe. Jaffe is a tough online player from New England who won the WPT Montreal and nearly shipped the WPT Foxwoods back in 2008 when he was a mere kid and still getting carded at casino. In the middle of the pack are a pair od high-caliber pros -- Darren Elias won two WPT titles in 2014 and Noah Schwartz has shipped events on the Alpha8 (high roller), WPT, and WSOP Europe. The short stacks at the final table are both relative unknowns from across the pond who won smaller events in Europe this season. Morocco's Farid Yachou took down the WPT Amsterdam, while Vlad Darie shipped the WPT Vienna (to become Romania's first-ever WPT winner).

WPT Tournament of Champions

Buy-in: $15,000

Entrants: 64

Prize Pool: $1,060,000 + Prize Package **

Payouts: 8


WPT TOC Final Table Payouts:

1. $381,600

2. $224,190

3. $140,450

4. $95,400

5. $74,200

6. $58,300

7. Andy Frankenberger $47,700

8. Yevgeniy Timoshenko $38,160


** Prize Package

  • A 2016 Corvette, courtesy of Monster
  • A special Hublot watch
  • An Aurae Solid Gold MasterCard
  • A pair of gold Monster 24K Headphones
  • A custom premium poker table from BBO Poker Tables
  • A round of golf at the world-class Shadow Creek Golf Course with Matt Savage +2 friends

WPT TOC - Final Table Chip Counts

1. Jonathan Jaffe 996,000

2. Michael 'The Grinder' Mizrachi 871,000

3. Noah Schwartz 532,000

4. Darren Elias 324,000

5. Farid Yachou 264,000

6. Vlad Darie 214,000

Action resumes at 4pm ET or 1pm Vegas time. There will be a live stream (with hole cards on a 30-minute delay) hosted by Tony Dunst and Vanessa Selbst. Watch via Twitch here...

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Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 3:02 am
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