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The 53rd annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is on the home stretch, with only a few events left to find a winner. While it was a busy Sunday at WSOP, even outside the series, another headline tournament series, the World Poker Tour (WPT) Venetian Las Vegas, wrapped up proceedings.
WPT Venetian Las Vegas ran from July 7 to 17. The festival’s featured event, the $5,000 buy-in Main Event, registered a 1,178-entry field through three starting flights, generating a guarantee-crushing $5.40 Million prize pool. After six days of high-quality poker, WPT found its latest champion in Robert Mizrachi, who topped the Main Event field to win his maiden WPT title and a career-best $894,100.
Not just this, Mizrachi is now a proud owner of the WPT Champion trophy and will get the honor of having his name engraved on the one and only WPT Champions Cup, joining his brother, two-time WPT champion Michael Mizrachi. The proud brothers are the only sibling pair to have won WPT titles.
Mizrachi’s victory includes a free entry worth $10,400 into the WPT World Championship in December. He also tops the leaderboard for Venetian Poker Player of the Festival, earning himself a WPT Prime Passport.
Mizrachi is an established poker player with an impressive four WSOP bracelets in mixed-game events and $8.80 Million in live tournament earnings under his belt. The elusive WPT title has further elevated his status as an exceptional poker player.
Several Indians joined the event, including Young Gun Arsh Grover, who cashed $11,150 (~₹8.90 Lakhs) in 84th place – his third non-WSOP score this summer. He previously cashed in Event 73: $600 NLHE – Championship (78th for $1,515, ~₹1.21 Lakhs) at The Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget and Event 131: $2,500 NLHE – The Grand Finale (33rd for $9,515, ~₹7.60 Lakhs) at the MGM Grand Summer Series.
Grover made three ITM runs in the 2022 WSOP, collectively worth $22,732 (~₹18.15 Lakhs).
Several notables crossed the money line, including Rainer Kempe (16th for $46,400), Hossein Ensan (20th for $38,200), Frank Stepuchin (33rd for $22,800), Kevin Rabichow (45th for $19,700), Elio Fox (77th for $12,250) and Chad Eveslage (79th for $12,250).
The final day welcomed seven returning players, and it took just five hours to reach a winner. The first one to leave the unofficial final table was Arian Stolt in seventh place, who walked away with a career-best $145,000.
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Spain’s Javier Zarco was the first final table casualty in sixth place. His lost the flip against Leon Sturm’s .
Sixteen hands later, Raul Manzanares pitted his against Robert Mizrachi’s . The board ran and both players flopped a pair of tens. Mizrachi’s Jack-high kicker came into play, eliminating Manzanares in fifth place.
Four-handed play continued for over two hours before the start-of-day chip leader Leon Sturm succumbed to the mounting pressure. With the flop open , Strum jammed for his last 1.10 Million and Mizrachi snap-called.
Mizrachi was ahead with his pocket pair, and the turn and river bricked for Strum, making him the fourth place elimination.
Eighteen more hands were dealt before Yulian Bogdanov bowed out in third place. His lost out to Mizrachi’s that rivered a straight on the board .
Robert Mizrachi (44,900,000) was comfortably ahead of Mike Vanier (14,200,000) at the start of the heads, and in just six hands, Mizrachi sealed his victory.
On the final hand, Vanier raised from the button to 800,000, and Mizrachi shoved all-in. Vanier made the call with his last 9.90 Million.
The rundown showed , and Mizrachi’s flopped two pair won him his maiden WPT title!
“It only took him 20 years to win a WPT title!” Mizrachi’s friend joked from the rail.
Final Table Results (USD)
*First-place amount includes a $10,400 seat in the season-ending WPT Championship
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