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Mizchael “The Grinder” Mizrachi has a knack for making the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions final table.
Perhaps next year he’ll finally close one out.
Atlanta grinder Daniel Weinman narrowly bested Mizrachi heads-up to become this year’s champion of champions for $381,500. Mizrachi finished third in the 2016 edition of the tournament.
It’s been a whirlwind 2017 for Weinman as he won his first-ever WPT title for $892,433 in February.
“It’s crazy going from just grinding circuit tournaments, playing and then occasionally playing one of these big buy-in events,” he said.
“You’re just hoping to min cash or go somewhat deep. To have a $900k score in February and follow it up with this… It’s incredible.”
Weinman was dominant at the final table and spent the majority of the time as the chip leader.
Seidel Crashes Out in Fifth
Erik Seidel was by far the biggest winner at the TOC final table with a ludicrous $31.6m in lifetime live tournament earnings and eight WSOP bracelets but he was unusually quiet this time around.
After failing to get much going, Seidel finally made a stand with A♦ 5♥ only to get snapped off by Daniel Santoro with K♠ J♥.
Santoro paired his jack on the flop and that was more than enough to send Seidel packing in fifth. Seidel added another $73,575 to his incredible life-time haul.
It was an extra special victory for Weinman who is a huge fan of Sergio Garcia, who won the 2017 Masters earlier in the evening.
“It’s crazy I barely even knew that Sergio won,” he said.
“This is kinda better than being at Augusta though.”
Weinman Wins New Audi
For his efforts Weinman also received a brand-new 2018 S5 that was thrown in by WPT sponsor Audi. The free car was extra sweet for Weinman his rail was heckling him the entire night about his current vehicle.
“I got a Kia Sportage, the old soccer mom car,” he said.
“I got it because it was easy to tow the golf clubs around. I think the Audi will be a nice little upgrade for me.”
In total 66 Champion’s Club winners competed in this year’s edition of the TOC. WPT president Adam Pliska is confident the TOC will return for 2018.
Here are the complete final-table payouts:
1. Daniel Weinman – $381,500 + $15,000 Seat in 2018 TOC
2. Michael Mizrachi – $218,000
3. Daniel Santoro – $133,525
4. David Ormsby – $95,375
5. Erik Seidel – $73,575
6. Dylan Wilkerson – $57,225