The Blueprint: Robert Mizrachi

Robert Mizrachi's second bracelet win came in the first ever Dealer's Choice event at the WSOP. (Drew Amato photo)

Robert Mizrachi’s second bracelet win came in the first ever Dealer’s Choice event at the WSOP. (Drew Amato photo)

One of the easiest way to become a successful poker player is to be born with the last name Mizrachi. Robert, the oldest of the four Mizrachi brothers, won his second career bracelet at the 2014 World Series of Poker in the $1,500 Dealers Choice.

He topped a field of 419 players and defeated Aaron Schaff heads-up to add $174,092 to his career tournament earnings. His first bracelet came in 2007 in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship, where he earned over $768,000. The Miami, FL native has been at 10 WSOP final tables and is credited with teaching his younger brother, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, how to play poker.

Between Robert and Michael Mizrachi, there is over $20 million in career tournament earnings and five WSOP bracelets. Robert sat down with BLUFF on break of the $50,000 Poker Players Championship to break down some hands that he played at the final table of the $1,500 Dealers Choice.

Schaff Tops Mizrachi in No Limit Hold’em

Early on at the final table, there were still a full table of six players remaining and the game was No Limit Hold’em. Aaron Schaff raised to 14,000 from middle position and Mizrachi called on the button. The flop was Q33 and Schaff check-called 24,000 from Mizrachi. The turn was the A and both players checked. The river was the T and Schaff led out for 34,000. Mizrachi took a few moments before calling. Schaff tabled A4 and Mizrachi mucked his hand.

Robert Mizrachi: “I guess he wants to see what I do on the turn. It’s not the worst check-call on the flop, but it just sucks because I had a big pair that hand. I could [be bluffing on the flop], but there isn’t much he can beat. I can be betting king-jack, but the problem is, I’ll probably continue with the bluff on the turn too and he’s out of position. It would be a better play if he check-raised the flop instead of check-call the flop. When he check-calls the flop, he could have a flush draw, but I doubt it. I put him on ace-high, but I wasn’t positive, so I had to call the river. I was just hoping he was bluffing and maybe missed a flush draw or maybe had some stupid hand like 4-5 of diamonds where he had to bet.”

Mizrachi Scoops Idema in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo

After Frank Kassela was eliminated in sixth place, the table was five-handed and the game was Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo. Daniel Idema completed on third street and Mizrachi raised. Idema called and they were heads-up to fourth street. Mizrachi check-called a bet from Idema and then bet fifth and sixth with the boards looking like this.

Mizrachi: (x-x)/6Q6Q
Idema: (x-x)/65KQ

Both players checked the river and Mizrachi showed 997 in the hole, giving him two pair and Idema mucked his hand.

RM: “It’s not the best starting hand, but the nines are concealed and as long as you play the streets correctly, it’s easy to get away from and easy to get value bets and get the most out of the hand. I check-call [fourth] because I know he’s betting and I don’t want to get raised. I’m just playing his board basically. If his board gets dangerous, I’ll just leave. I’m just waiting for him to catch anything between nines and kings. It looks like he’s got some kind of a low hand, possibly a straight draw. It looks like he’s only got four outs or possibly eight outs to scoop my hand on sixth street. There’s no reason to bet [on the river] because I’ll just check-call or check-raise the river if I fill up. He obviously has a low draw or a straight draw. If he has a low, I’m going to chop it anyway and if he has a straight, I’ll lose the minimum and now I can give him a chance to bluff.”

Mizrachi Gets Thin Value on the River

There was a double knockout to eliminate Bill Chen and Daniel Idema on the same hand before Shane Abbott was eliminated in third. That left Mizrachi heads-up with Schaff and the game was Pot Limit Omaha. The hand was checked to the river as the board ran out Q764J and Mizrachi bet 14,000. Schaff called and Mizrachi tabled KJT3, good for a pair of jacks and took the pot when Schaff mucked his hand.

RM: “I know the jack was good and I knew he was going to make a desperate call just to see what I had. A lot of the time I had been bluffing on the river and just making it look like a value bet, so I had to value bet it. I wanted him to think I was weak, but I knew I had to have the best hand. I wanted him to check-raise and I was just going to call. I thought he had tens at best, but it was probably nothing. I think it was the right size bet for him to call me though with that hand.”

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