After three days, several controversies, and a brawl, Event #41: Dealer’s Choice Six-Handed is finally over.
A total of 419 players gathered at the start of this unique tournament and every single one of them needed to know 16 variations of poker including some newer awkward-named games like Badeucey and Badacey. Not to mention that the reading abilities of all the participants were put to the test.
“It’s a very skilled event. You not only have to know all the games, but you have to pick up the games that your opponent don’t play as well,” the winner of the first ever Dealer’s Choice, Robert Mizrachi, told WSOP.com.
Mizrachi went into Day 3 with the largest stack of the last ten but started slipping as the two tables turned into one. Marco Johnson was the unlucky final table bubble boy, finishing in seventh place after a 2-7 Triple Draw hand played against Mizrachi.
And with the official final table under way, it was Aaron Schaff’s time to seize control of his competition. Schaff had double the chips compared to second place Mizrachi entering the six-handed play. He further increased that lead when he eliminated two-time bracelet winner Frank Kassela in sixth place in his favorite game, Pot Limit Omaha.
Schaff also killed two birds with one stone by sending Daniel Idema and Bill Chen home in fifth and fourth places, respectively. The double elimination was made after another big PLO hand with the turn giving Schaff the advantage. At this point, the bully had a dominating 1.28-million-chip stack while Mizrachi’s stack was only about 400,000.
The shortest stack of the three, Shane Abbott, was eliminated several minutes later in a No Limit Hold’Em hand. Mizrachi took his chips by having the absolute nuts both preflop and postflop.
The heads-up match lasted over three hours with the future winner coming from behind and taking the lead. Schaff decided to play on his own turf, choosing PLO time and time again, but Mizrachi also had a lot of experience playing this game. His first WSOP gold bracelet was won in the 2007 PLO Championship.
However, Schaff ignored that fact, a decision that brought him his doom. Mizrachi chipped away pot after pot to deliver his final blow in an A-5 Triple Draw hand,
Here are the final table payouts:
- Robert Mizrachi – $147,092
- Aaron Schaff – $90,854
- Shane Abbott – $58,414
- Bill Chen – $38,735
- Daniel Idema – $26,444
- Frank Kassela – $18,575
Congratulations to Robert Mizrachi on winning his second gold bracelet. He definitely enjoyed playing such a unique format and wants more of the same in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.
It would be nice if the $50K was exactly the same way as this, because you can guarantee all the players would still play it, and the skill really shows. I think this would be good for a $10,000 buy-in, or maybe a $25,000 buy-in, but we should still keep this one because you want to introduce players to the game.
Even Frank Kassela agrees, according to a PokerNews interview:
I think this particular tournament structure should be the way we play the $50K. We’re dealing with not just your ability to react and play 16 different games of poker, but on top of that being able to identify weaknesses in the players you’re playing against, picking the appropriate games to give you an advantage in that way also.
What do you think? Should WSOP take a step forward and introduce this format to the higher buy-in events?