Michael Mizrachi Gets the Job Done in South AfricaWednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Ryan
Lock Poker has made some major moves in the past year or so. If you haven’t heard much about Lock in the past, then there’s a good chance that you haven’t been staying up to date on your poker news! Locks first biggest move came when they decided that they were going to up their game and head on out of the Merge Gaming Network. They were at the top of the network with Carbon Poker, and the two online poker sites were heading Merge, and looking to continue growing the network as a whole. All of the sudden though, they decided to make a move and leave the network to purchase the Cake Poker Network and create the brand new Revolution Gaming. Revolution featured upgraded Cake Poker software, and it was an interesting deal for Lock. They’ve picked up steam since that point, and some of their biggest moves included some big additions in terms of players.
The big players who were added featured well known players like Chris Moorman, Annette Obrestad, Melanie Weisner, Eric Lynch, Paul Volpe, Casey Jarzabek, and none other than Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. Mizrachi was a huge signing, and he’s done some good work since signing on with Lock Poker, one of his nice scores came just this past week. The Grinder has quite a few big scores, and we’ve seen him bring in gold bracelets, high finishes in multiple major events, and also haul in some serious cash as well.
Mizrachi was taking part in a World Series of Poker Circuit event in South Africa. The event was being played at the Emerald Casino in Gaueteng, and while the event has been on the schedule for quite a few years now, you aren’t going to find an incredible number of big named players there, but some love going there as they get to check out the sights of wonderful south Africa. Even with other tournaments going on such as stops for the World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour, our focus comes in here at the event in South Africa.
Mizrachi wanted to see what South Africa had to offer and wanted to play in this event, and was a fan of the Emerald Casino as well. When all was said and done, he was able to take down the field of 116 total players, and was on his way to winning the World Series of Poker Circuit’s South Africa Main Event. The win brought in the bling, but he also took down another $100,000 score to his already impressive resume. This is one of many for Mizrachi obviously, but the man seems to keep on getting the job done.
When the final table of this event began, Mizrachi found himself sitting in 5th place out of the nine starting players. He started the day off with 344k in chips, and right off the bat got his aggression going and worked his way up the leaderboard. When the final table started we had Markus “Feurinho” Feurie at the top with 726,500 chips, Jarred Soloman with 545,500 chips, Kenneth Morgan with 532,000 chips, Eric Brand with 465,000 chips, then Mizrachi in fifth. To round out the final table we had Warren Zackey with 342,200 chips, Kinesh Pather with 228,000 chips, Karl Myburgh with 158,000 chips, and last but not least was Menesh Keshay with 139,000 chips.
While Mizrachi used his strong and aggressive play to take down the first place prize of $101,267, but Myburgh rallied back to finish up in second place for a score that was worth $62,590. Feurie took down third that was worth $44,565, Solomon was 4th with $32,372, and Pather got fifth for $23,980. To round out the final table we saw Morgan go home in 6th place, Keshav go home in 7th place, Brand go home in 8th place, and Zackey finish in 9th place.
Mizrachi may be scoring well in some tournaments, and he is a big representative for Lock Poker, but he’s also an ambassador for the International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT), and they are in the midst of running satellites to give players the chance to potentially work their way into the big time tournament that will feature both online poker tournament action, and live tournament action as well.