WSOP review: bracelet #5 for the Grinder and wins for Korenev & Song


A round-up from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas with wins for Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi, Roman Korenev and Stephen Song.

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A Grinder, Roman and Song – it sounds like the beginning of a Marcus Aurelius meditation, but not today. Today, those are the names of three 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winners.

We’ll begin with the one popular enough to have a recognisable nickname. It’s been a long time since Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi stepped off poker’s conveyor belt, and over the weekend he won his third gold bracelet.

Mizrachi conquered a field of 460-entrants in Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better, extracting $142,801 from the $621,000 prizepool. It was Mizrachi’s fifth bracelet, and he was the only player seated at the final table, thinking it was another day at the office.

It’s Mizrachi’s first Seven-Card Stud win. He made the final table of the $2,500 Seven Card Stud event in 2008 & 2013 finishing eight and fourth and finished fifth in the in this event back in 2012, and sixth in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship in 2010. PokerNews labelled him the ‘most successful bracelet winner of the decade.’

Final table results

1. Michael Mizrachi – $142,801
2. Robert Gray – $88,254
3. Michael Sopko – $60,330
4. Elias Hourani – $42,014
5. Jan Stein – $29,818
6. Jose Paz-Gutierrez – $21,575

Three other stars of the game who ventured to the precipitous drop of this thing were the recent $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw winner, Yuval Bronshtein (13th), Jon ‘PearlJammed’ Turner (15th), and bracelet winner, Barbara Enright (27th).

Roman Korenev wins Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em marathon

Roman Korenev used his hands like finely tuned stun batons to take down the 1,083-entrant Event #26: $2,620 No-Limit Hold’em Marathon. The event created a $2,553714 prize pool, and Korenev won a career-high $477,401 after beating Jared Koppel, heads-up.

Despite the size of the field, and the excellent structure, it was a relatively inexperienced final table with only Joseph Curcio joining Korenev with ink on his WSOP final table record finishing eighth in a $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em in 2010. Korenev finished third in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event in 2017.

Korenev had to work for his win, defeating Koppel in a heads-up match that contained 12 double-ups, including his pocket sevens catching a seven on the flop to leave tongueless pocket queens writhing on the seafloor.

It’s Korenev’s first title win. His $2.2m in live tournament scores comes mainly from his deep runs in European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Events including an eighth-place finish in Berlin back in 2013, and also some success in PokerStars tournaments in Macau.

Final table results

1. Roman Korenev – $477,401
2. Jared Koppel – $295,008
3. Dong Sheng Peng – $208,726
4. Francis Anderson – $149,605
5. Joe Curcio – $108,646
6. Joseph Liberta – $79,957
7. Matt Russell – $59,642
8. Gustavo Darosamuniz – $45,100
9. Peter Hong – $34,580

Three other meat machines that ran out of steam in the latter stages of this thing were the Triple Crown winner, Mohsin Charania (38th), the World Poker Tour (WPT) Player of the Year, Erkut Yilmaz (43rd), and the former partypoker MILLIONS Champion, Anatoly Filatov (46th).

Stephen Song wins Event #28: $1,00 No-Limit Hold’em

Stephen Song has vanquished a 2,477-entrant field to win Event #28: $1,00 No-Limit Hold’em. It’s Song’s fourth victory, and his second of 2019 after winning a 74-entrant $3,250 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller at the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) event in Thunder Valley.

The walk towards the bracelet contains many of Song’s footsteps after he finished 12/6151 in the $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack a fortnight ago, and enjoyed two deep runs last year finishing 7/1330 and 11/1306 in $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em events.

Song overcame a final table full of spider venom with the bracelet winner, Ryan Laplante, who finished sixth in the WPT ARIA Summer Championships in May, finishing third, and Renato Kaneoya, who finished 7/4732 in the 2018 $1,000 Little One for One Drop, and 4/8920 in the 2018 No-Limit Hold’em Giant, finishing fourth.

Final table results

1. Stephen Song – $341,854
2. Scot Masters – $211,177
3. Ryan Laplante – $154,268
4. Renato Kaneoya – $113,712
5. Sevak Mikaiel – $84,581
6. Dominic Coombe – $63,491
7. Pedro Ingles – $48,101
8. Vegard Ropstad – $36,783
9. Yosef Lider – $28,395

Three more stars who dived deep in their submarine in this one were bracelet winner, Aditya Sushant (13th), the one and only Phil Hellmuth (16th), and the reigning WSOP Player of the Year, Shaun Deeb (28th).