re: Poker & Michael Mizrachi
Originally Posted by nc_royals
Keep in mind that you are watching the final table condensed into less than two hours. Not to mention the several days of play prior to that to make it to the final table.
^^^ This x1000.
It's easy to pass judgment based on the hands they show, but you have to realize they show a tiny fraction of the hands played. Just look at the 2008 ME final table, which I was reading about recently (actually listening to while catching up on old podcasts). It took something like 42 hrs as I recall. They broadcast 2 hours. Dennis Phillips said he went about 2 hours at one stretch without playing a single hand. When it got to HU between Eastgate and Demidov, it lasted 2 more hours I think. Yet they only showed 2 HU hands, LOL.
Point being, it might be HOURS between the hands they televise. To you and me it looks like they played from one hand right into another, but that isn't usually the case, and it can seriously skew the perception of how they're playing.
I've seen Mizrachi play through the years, and he's a solid player. Over $8.6M in tourney winnings. 20 WSOP cashes. In the 2005 WSOP he tied the record for the most cashes in one year at seven. 2006 Player of the Year. Member of this year's (2010) November Nine, currently 7th in chips. Nobody with any knowledge of him can say he doesn't know how to play the game well.