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Michael Mizrachi Eyes Third $50,000 Poker Players Championship Title

Michael Mizrachi, one of poker’s big, is entering the final day of this year’s WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship with a commanding chip lead over five other competitors and with great determination to win a third title from one of the most challenging live poker tournaments to be taking place annually.

Mizrachi is an indisputable poker heavyweight with three gold bracelets from the WSOP, two WPT Main Tour Main Event titles, and over $15.7 million in live tournament winnings. What is more, two of the player’s three WSOP gold pieces were captured after he had bested the always elite fields of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

He claimed the first such bracelet in 2010, and the second one came two years later. In 2011, the player captured one more piece during that year’s WSOP Europe edition.

Day 4 of the 2018 WSOP Poker Players Championship kicked off with 12 survivors from an original field of 87 entries. It did not take long before that start-of-the-day field was whittled down to just the final six who will compete today at the final table for the first-place prize, the gold bracelet, and the Poker Players Championship crown, which certainly speaks a lot about the champion’s skills in not one but several poker games.

Mizrachi’s Road to the Chip Lead

Mizrachi navigated through Day 4’s field, successfully winning almost every hand he was involved in. The elimination of the only other multiple Poker Players Championship winner, Brian Rast, further helped Mizrachi rocket himself to the top.

Eventually, the player bagged and tagged 8.865 million last night to secure himself with a comfortable start of the final day of action. Dan Smith, the only player with no gold bracelet left in contention, finished second in chips last night, good for 4.485 million.

Aaron Katz collected the third largest stack for 2.6 million. John Hennigan, who came fresh off a triumph in the H.O.R.S.E. championship, is now taking aim at the Poker Players Championship crown. The player finished fourth in chips last night with 2.4 million. Benny Glaser with 2.21 million and Mike Leah with 1.22 million round out the official final table of the tournament.

Play is set to resume today at 2 pm local time. Players will continue with No-Limit Hold’em. Action will continue until the winner is determined.

As mentioned above, 87 entrants joined the tournament’s field this year. That generated a prize pool of $4.176 million. The top 14 finishers would receive a share of the money. The winner will take home $1,239,126. Each of the six finalists is guaranteed a minimum cash of $191,234. The $50,000 Poker Players Championship is the 33rd gold bracelet event on this summer’s schedule of the series.

Elior Sion won the 2017 edition of the major tournament. The player survived through a field of 100 entries for the gold bracelet and $1,395,767 in prize money.

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