5th Jan 1981
2005 was a great year for Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. Not only did he win the LA Poker Classic for $1.8m, he also final-tabled another WPT event and cashed seven times in the WSOP; the following year he finished third in the $10,000 PLO World Championship. Then followed a couple of quiet years for this most fearsome of pros; while he was still cashing in tournaments regularly, he was conspicuous by his absence on the final tables of the major events on the circuit.
By the time he appeared at the 2010 WSOP, there were persistent rumours he had money problems. However, The Grinder was back, and he meant business. First, he won the $50k Players Championship Event 8 Game for $1.5m. Money problems sorted. Then he had three more cashes, including two final tables, before making the November Nine in the Main Event, eventually busting in fifth for $2.3m. It was one of the greatest comebacks in poker. But it wasn’t finished. In 2012 he won the Players Championship for the second time.
Interview: Life's a Grind