It has been a good New Year for
Michael Mizrachi. Following a
second place finish at the WPT
Tunica event less than two
weeks ago, “The Grinder”
improved by one place in Atlantic
City, emerging as champion of
the 2006 Borgata Winter Poker
Open. For the win, he received
$1,173,373, a $25,000 entry into
the WPT Championship, and a
2006 Cadillac Escalade.
victorious at the
2006 Gold Strike
Ending a drought which saw him go over a year without a major tournament
victory, Scotty Nguyen, “The Prince” of poker, emerged as champion of the
2006 Gold Strike World Poker Open. Nguyen left the Gold Strike Casino
Resort in Mississippi with $969,421 and an entry into the $25,500 World
Poker Tour World Championship.
It was a basically a two-horse race between Nguyen and Michael “The
Grinder” Mizrachi during the final television table. Nguyen started as the chip
leader with $2,144,000 in chips, while Mizrachi was second with $1,271,000.
Nguyen held the lead for the first hour and half until Mizrachi took down a
$1.4 million pot against him, vaulting him to a $300,000 chip lead. Two
hands later, Nguyen yanked the lead back from Mizrachi. Barely twenty
minutes later, they were virtually even.
The two competitors continued to battle, trading the chip lead a few times,
with Mizrachi actually holding a $1.2 million chip margin over Nguyen at one
point. By benefit of knocking out the third place finisher, Raul Paez, Nguyen
went into heads-up play with Mizrachi with a slight $200,000 edge.
And in one hand it was all over.
Scotty Nguyen raised to $300,000, only to see Mizrachi re-raise him to $1.2
million. After pondering his next move, Nguyen put all his chips at risk and
was quickly called by Mizrachi. And no wonder they both wanted to get all
their chips in the pot. Mizrachi had Ace-Jack, but he was dominated by
Nguyen’s Ace-Queen. Mizrachi got no help the rest of the way and Nguyen
became the 2006 World Poker Open champion.
Final Table Results
1. Scotty Nguyen -- $969,421
2. Michael Mizrachi -- $566,352
3. Raul Paez -- $298,908
4. Gavin Smith -- $173,052
5. An Tran -- $125,856
6. Bau Le -- $88,099
World Poker Tour co-host Mike
Sexton brings shrewd analysis
and colorful commentary to
America's hottest new spectator
sport. A highly accomplished
professional player for more
than 20 years, Sexton gained
"poker celebrity" status when
he was hired by fledgling World
Poker Tour to co-host its
alongside Vince Van Patten.
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