Event 18 Recap

2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
$1,650 Six-Max Dealer’s Choice (Freeze-Out)

August 13–14, 2015

Total Entries:  18
Total Prize Pool:  $27,000

Robert Mizrachi
Robert Mizrachi, Event 18 Champion


Event 18 attracted 18 players who were brave enough to face off against each other in Dealer’s Choice — where players take turns picking which version of poker will be played on each round. There are 10 choices, ranging from old reliable hold’em (limit and no-limit) to rare options like five-card draw and Big O (5-card pot-limit Omaha hi-lo).

It wasn’t a big surprise when Robert Mizrachi won the final hand to claim the trophy. Why? Mizrachi has more than $5.5 million in career live earnings and three WSOP bracelets — one of them in Dealer’s Choice. But when asked about how he ranks as a Dealer’s Choice player, Mizrachi won’t go further than calling himself “decent.”

That’s not an opinion shared by those around him. Even Bradley Ruben, who finished as the runner-up, complimented Mizrachi’s skill before heads-up play began: “Good luck. Not that you need it.”

The big hand of the final table came moments before that line, when Adam Friedman was eliminated in third place. The game was Big O, and all three players got to the river when Mizrachi pot-bet enough to put Friedman all in on a board of KdQd3c8c6c. Ruben folded (claiming he had pocket queens for a set), and Friedman called with Ad9c5d4c6s for a nine-high flush and an 8-6-4 low. But Mizrachi turned over Ac10c7d5h2d for the double nuts — an ace-high flush and the nut low (8-6-3). Mizrachi carried the momentum from that hand on to the victory.

The Seminole Hard Rock is the home casino for Mizrachi, who lives right here in Hollywood, Florida. While he has bigger titles and higher scores on his resume, Mizrachi looked at his SHRPO trophy and said, “It’s fun to win one in my home city.”

Congratulations to Robert Mizrachi!

Final Table Results:

1st:  Robert Mizrachi  (Hollywood, FL)  $16,200
2nd:  Bradley Ruben  (Hernando, FL)  $10,800