World Series of Poker event down to final 8

Attempting to repeat the run he had in 2010, South FloridianMichael "The Grinder" Mizrachileads the Poker Players' Championship event at the World Series of Poker after play ended late Wednesday night.

There are eight players left in the $50,000 buy-in event, which Mizrachi won in 2010. That year it paid about $1.5 million; this top prize is $1,451,000.

Mizrachi, who grew up in North Miami Beach and has lived in Cooper City, Miramar and Plantation, also made the final table at the World Series of Poker that year, finishing fifth.

Here's the chip count going into Thursday night's play; the tournament started with a field of 108:

Mizrachi: 3,648,000; Andy Bloch, 3,598,000; Chris Klodnicki, 3,276,000; Stephen Chidwick, 2,026,000; Luke Schwartz, 1,494,000; Roland Israelashvili, 694,000; Bruno Fitoussi, 188,000.

The tournament, which resumes at 2 p.m. Vegas time Thursday, involves a series of poker games, including Texas Hold 'em, 2-7 Triple Draw and Omaha 8.

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