Michael Mizrachi

Michael Mizrachi

Nicknamed ‘The Grinder’ (for his merciless and solid style of play), Michael Mizrachi has a glittering career in poker already and is still at the relatively young age of 29. Born in Miami, Florida, he had initial aspirations of becoming a doctor but these plans were soon thrown out the window when he discovered his talent of poker. He dropped out of college to pursue his dream and has been playing for 13 years. 

Mizrachi is married to Aidiliy, with whom he has one daughter, Julie Malka, and one son, Paul William. He also has a twin brother called Eric and an older brother called Robert. Both are involved in full time poker as well with Robert actually boasting a number of WSOP and WPT finishes to his reputation. 

Michael Mizrachi is a highly successful poker in his own right. He has won over $9m in live tournament winnings, with over $2m of those coming in WSOP events. In 2006 he won the CardPlayer Magazine’s illustrious title of Player of the Year Award. 

In 2005, the talented player was involved in the final table of the World Poker Tour's World Poker Open alongside names such as Daniel Negreanu and Scott Nguyen. He ended up finishing 5th. It wasn’t long before he won his first WPT event though and collected close to $2m for doing so. This win was swiftly followed by a second in 2006 when he won over $1m. 

His WSOP track record is something to be proud of. In 2005 he tied a record for having the most money finishes in one tour. In 2008 he came close to winning his debut bracelet but he let a big lead slip and finished 3rd. In 2010, Mizrachi finally won his first bracelet in the Poker Players’ Championship. The very same year he was a member of the November 9 main event final table and was actually one of the favorites. However he eventually managed to reach only the 5th place, which was quite a disappointment for him. But, with a prize money of more than $2m to consult him and a long career ahead of him, it is obvious at this point that we have not hear the last of "The Grinder".