The World Series of Poker (WSOP) is an annual poker event which happens to be the most coveted poker event in the world. Many great players have set foot on the felts of WSOP to emerge victorious. For poker players, winning a WSOP gold bracelet is the pinnacle of their career’s success. A fact that explains why many seek it so earnestly. But while the majority of players aim to win at least one, there are some who have gone above and beyond by securing more than one bracelet.
American poker player Michael Mizrachi is a well-known player who has won five WSOP gold bracelets. Poker and other casino games were not a foreign concept for Mizrachi, as he grew up in a family that loved all kinds of card games. In an interview, Mizrachi said, “We grew up with slot machines and roulette tables in the house. My brother used to have a slot machine during high school and sometimes my father would wake him up in the middle of the night and say: Rob, I need some quarters for the slot machine, like $10.”
Mizrachi also has a twin brother called Eric Mizrachi who is also a poker player. The five-time WSOP bracelet winner was introduced to poker by his older brother named Robert Mizrachi. To say that poker runs in the family would be an understatement. In time, Mizrachi became one of the most prolific poker players in the world and even earned himself the nickname ‘The Grinder.’ While he started out by playing poker online, he eventually shifted his attention to live tournament poker and began to enjoy success almost immediately.
In 2010, Mizrachi won his first WSOP bracelet after he shipped the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship event for approximately $1,559,046. This was soon followed by his second bracelet in 2011 at the WSOP Europe (WSOPE) where he won the €10,400 No-Limit Hold’em (Split format) for €336,008. He won his next two bracelets in 2012 and 2018 where he shipped the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship event both times. This made Mizrachi the first and only player to ship this prestigious title thrice!
His last and fifth bracelet was won in the 2019 WSOP at the $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better for $142,801.
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However, Mizrachi did not restrict himself with just WSOP bracelets, he also played various other prominent poker events across the world. At the 2005 World Poker Open, Mizrachi finished fifth for $288,241 in the $ 10,000 + 200 World Poker Open Championship Event – No Limit Hold’em on a table that had poker pros like Daniel Negreanu and Scotty Nyugen. He then went on to ship the L.A. Poker Classic Main Event for a lucrative prize money of $1,859,909. Mizrachi also shipped the WPT Championship Event in 2006 for $1,173,373.
All the stats in this article are updated as of 8th April 2022!
When it came to cash games, Mizrachi was also a player in the second season of High Stakes Poker. Among his other accolades, Mizrachi was honoured with the CardPlayer Magazine’s Player of the Year Award in 2006 and was named ALL IN Magazine’s 2010 Poker Player of the Year. He also tied the record for seven in the money (ITM) finishes in a single year at the 2005 WSOP.
According to Hendon Mob, Mizrachi ranks 42nd on the all-time money list and has total live earnings worth $17,364,587. His best live cash stands at $2,332,992 which he won at the 2010 WSOP after finishing in fifth place at the $10,000 World Championship – No Limit Hold’em. As of today, Mizrachi continues to be an active player on the poker felts.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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