Robert, one of the three Mizrachi brothers who are among the World’s top professional players wins his first Dealer’s Choice gold bracelet.
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Robert Mizrachi, who is known throughout the poker world as one of the four Mizrachi brothers, who have reached the very pinnacles of their profession, made the family proud this weekend when he won his first-ever World Series of Poker Dealer’s Choice event, and with it the tidy sum of $147, 092 in prize money, plus the second gold bracelet of his career.
Robert had to wait a long time between bracelets with his first coming when he won a Pot Limit Omaha event seven years ago, being the first member of the Mizrachi dynasty to win a major event and with it a gold bracelet. In the meantime, Robert’s younger brother Michael, known universally as the “ Grinder” because of the slow and consistent style of play has succeeded in winning 3 world series of poker title.
One of Michael’s most famous victories is when he even defeated his brother Robert at the final table of the 2010 Poker Player’s Championship, marking only the third time in WSOP history that two close family members had made it to a final table together, going on to become the highest-finishing family duo in history.
This weekend’s victory for Robert Mizrahi was especially pleasing for him as the Dealer’s Choice tournament in Las Vegas is recognized as being amongst the most difficult to take part in an even more so to win, because those taking part need to be capable of extreme proficiency in a very wide array of no less than 16 poker game variations s, the most that can be assembled for a single poker tournament. Playing in the event required a working knowledge of 16 variations of poker.
As the tournament got down to its six player final table stage, a 25-year- relative newcomer to the poker circuit, Aaron Schaff look like being the clear favorite to win as he was holding twice as many chips as his nearest rival, which, as the action continued, gradually increased as Schaff began to steadily eliminate the rest of his opponents. However, Robert Mizrachi’s in-depth knowledge of the game of poker, and his cool head under pressure saw him gradually begin to stage a major reversal in fortunes, winning a number of major pots, to eventually come through and emerge as the tournament winner.
After the presentation ceremony, Robert Mizrahi now a poker veteran at the age of 36 confessed that poker tournaments are getting tougher to win as the players are getting younger all the time.
“There’s definitely a lot of pride in winning this particular event, because it requires so much versatility and skill, meaning that you don’t only have to know all the games, but you have to identify the games that your opponent’s don’t play as well.” Mizrahi went on to explain.
With this latest victory, Robert Mizrachi’s WSOP earnings have reached close to $2 million, not as much as Michael, but probably more than Michael’s twin Eric, who is also a poker player and certainly their youngest brother Donnie, who combines the time he spends on the poker circuit by working as a professional magician.