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Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi wins the $50k Players Championship…on TV

July 27th, 2010 2 comments
Michael Mizrachi

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi clutching just a handful of the $1.5 million he won

I watched the Grinder ship the $50k players championship on ESPN tonight, and a few things struck me.  First of all, I was surprised at the limited number of hands that were shown on the 2 hour telecast.  I realize that while the actual time of play was somewhere in the neighborhood of 11 hours, that they wouldn’t be showing all of the hands.  But what struck me was how many hands didn’t make the cut.

They failed to show the AA hand that doubled Oppenheim up early in the event, and they only showed a few hands of the heads up match with Grinder vs. Vladimir.  I was surprised also Read more…

2010 WSOP Reflection – Part 3

July 27th, 2010 1 comment
Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson mixed it up on Day 1d at the ESPN Secondary Featured table

The first two reflections focused more on the downside, and then day’s 1a to 1c.  I want to talk a little about day 1d, which was a different animal from the first 3 day 1′s.

When I say a different animal, I mean in large part because of the names that were present.  Doyle Brunson and Darvin Moon took the center stages at the event on day 1d, with Moon at the primary featured table, and Texas Dolly at the secondary.  I don’t think that a single person with any knowledge of the game of poker really gave either player much of a shot at the November 9, much less a shot a winning the thing.  But the reality with both players is that they are interesting, and I think ESPN did a good job of casting them as features, despite the host of other names that were in the field that day.  Phil Ivey played in the Amazon room Read more…