WSOP: Michael Mizrachi leads $10,000 Seven-card Stud Championship

Michael Mizrachi leads the $10,000 Seven-card Stud Championship.
Michael Mizrachi leads the $10,000 Seven-card Stud Championship.

The first $10,000 World Championship event got underway with the Seven-card Stud event at the World Series of Poker. When registration closed, 150 players sat down with 30,000 stacks to play for a $394,800 first place prize. Sitting on top of the leaderboard is none other than the $50,000 Players Championship winner, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.

“This day just went like my Players Championship day went. I think I’ve lost one pot on seventh street today, and it was a small pot,” Mizrachi said. “All my hands are holding up and I’ve been running really good. I’ve actually had the best hand almost every time. I’m playing pretty solid.”

“I’ve never ran this good in two tournaments. I’m looking forward to my next bracelet,” Mizrachi added. “I’m playing as many (events) as I can. I like to play the bigger ones so I didn’t play the Pot Limit Hold’em event today because Stud is my favorite game. I like my chances and I think I’m going to make another final table at least. Then I’ll work my way to another bracelet and make it back-to-back.”

Interestingly, Mizrachi and Players Championship runner-up, Vladimir Schmelev, are first and second in the chip counts after the first day of play. Last year’s champ Freddie Ellis will move on to Day 2 with 89,000. The field drew the biggest names in poker like: Greg “FBT” Mueller, Daniel Negreanu, Alexander Kravchenko, Justin “BoostedJ” Smith and Scott Clements.

Top Ten Chip Counts for Event 10 $10,000 Seven-card Stud:

  1. Michael Mizrachi – 191,900
  2. Vladimir Schmelev – 180,000
  3. John D’Agostino – 140,000
  4. Yuval Bronshtein – 103,000
  5. Doyle Brunson – 100,000
  6. Alexander Kosistryn – 96,000
  7. Men Nguyen – 94,000
  8. Freddie Ellis – 89,000
  9. Daniel Negreanu – 88,000
  10. Scott Seiver – 88,000
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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