Championship Day 1: “It’s One of Those Days When I Run Good”

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship (Freeze-Out)
Level 5: 250/500/75 Ante

Michael Mizrachi hasn’t been in the tournament long, but to paraphrase the fictional ballplayer “Nuke” LaLoosh, he has been announcing his presence with authority.

Four players saw a flop of 10h9s7h. The small blind checked, and Mizrachi bet 2,500 from middle position. The cutoff and the hijack both called, and the small blind check-raised to 9,000.

Michael Mizrachi Moves All In
The player in the small blind (foreground, left) watches as Michael Mizrachi moves all in.

Mizrachi thought for a bit before he put out a stack with all of his big chips, effectively putting the other players all in. The cutoff and hijack both folded — quickly.

The small blind looked at Mizrachi incredulously, and Mizrachi shrugged, smiled, and said, “It’s one of those days when I run good.”

The small blind continued to tank, and Mizrachi seemed like he was almost encouraging a call, saying, “Flip?” Then Mizrachi asked the table, “You can rebuy, right?” Several players immediately said no (this is a freeze-out), so Mizrachi reminded everyone that at least there’s another tournament tomorrow — the $2,650 No-Limit Hold’em event with a $1 million guarantee.

The small blind counted his own chips — he had 24,075 behind his bet of 9,000. He asked Mizrachi, “Ten-nine is no good?” Mizrachi pondered it a moment and replied, “It’s got potential.”

Shortly after that, the small blind folded, and Mizrachi took the pot.

Michael Mizrachi  –  85,000  (170 bb)

After the hand, Steve Gross said to Mizrachi, “You’ve been here, what, 25 minutes?” Mizrachi simply smiled.