An incredible reversal of fortune happened in the Hi/Lo Stud and Omaha Championship (Event 47) where one of the most successful WSOP participants in recent years – Michael Mizrachi – relinquished a virtually unassailable lead to blow the Heads Up against fellow American pro Owais Ahmed.
Mizrachi, who has the nickname of “The Grinder”, dominated the field from the mid-way point on Day 2 and looked like never looking back – taking a 5:1 chip advantage into the finale. But Ahmed was not to be over-awed by Mizrachi´s impressive record of WSOP live earnings over $5 million, and battled to first draw level with the 2010 WSOP Player´s Championship winner, and then grind “The Grinder” down and claim the WSOP bracelet and first prize of $255,959.
Three UK poker players cashed in the event (we inadvertently credited Anthony Lellouche with being English yesterday), with Matt Ashton finishing 10th to add to his 6th place finish in the $10,000 HORSE Championship (Event 37). The other two cashes in the event belonged to Richard Ashby and Stuart Rutter. Well done chaps!
Too Many Good Hands Spoil the Broth!
A stack-full of UK poker players cashed in the $1,500 NLHE Championship (Event 48) which enters its final day with the field down to just 30. The tournament currently has a runaway leaders in the form of German Sebastian Winkler and American Matt Stout, but as we have seen (above) in these championships, anything can happen, and there are still three tables of players remaining in the event.
Despite an international field, no British players were able to make the bubble in the 2-7 Triple Chance Lowball (Event 49) which also concludes tonight – currently led by Jason Mercier. Maybe our hands just weren´t bad enough!
It´s Not a Re-Buy, It´s a Triple Chance
The Triple Chance No limit Hold´em Championship (Event 50) has a unique format that not many UK poker players will be familiar with. Starting the game with 5,000 chips, you are given two “rebuy lammers” which are individually worth a further 5,000 chips each. You can use these “rebuy lammers” at any stage within the first four levels (each level being an hour in duration) to re-enter the game or add to your stack.
If you have not used your “rebuy lammers” by the end of the fourth level, the chips are automatically added to your stack at the beginning of level 5. So, it is not a re-buy/add-on tournament as every player effectively starts the game with 15,000 chips and just chooses when to bring them to the table. Got it?
Fast learners in this tournament include UK and Ireland poker players Andy Black, James Akenhead, Dave Ulliott and Jake Cody – who all hold good positions at the close of Day 1. There were only 817 entries for this $5,000 buy-in event and, with only 297 players remaining when Day 2 starts this evening, we could be in the bubble (81 places) by close of play.