Monday June 23,2014 : Event 41 was the inaugural $1,500 buy-in Six Handed Dealer's Choice event, which attracted a professional-rich field of 419 eager for a crack at the $565,560 prize pool.
The unusual format of allowing players to choose their favoured genre of poker from a selection of 16 variations when dealing ensured a high interest level and plenty of excitement in this event, introducing new games to a WSOP competition like five card draw, badeucey and badacey.
It certainly underscored the versatility and skill of the entrants, who were required to switch from one variation to another throughout the competition, assessing their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses and amending their player strategies on the fly.
Three days in, Shane Abbot headed for the exit and a third place pay-out of $58,414, leaving Robert Mizrachi to face Aaron Schaff in the heads up.
Schaff looked like a certain winner after bulldozing his way through the final table and eliminating most of the players around it, and he started with a serious advantage in chips as the heads up unfolded.
Mizrachi kept his cool, and carefully selected limit games when he had the choice, favouring a careful tactical plan that steadily eroded his opponent's stack.
Schaff appeared to favour a generally PLO-oriented approach, but it was Mizrachi's relentless strategy that worked better, giving him the chip lead and enabling him finally to win the closely-contested match.
Mizrachi proudly displayed his second WSOP bracelet and collected the winner's check for $147,092, whilst Schaff claimed the well-earned runner-up prize of $90,854 for his performance throughout the event, and the seven-hour final table.
Other final table pay-outs were;
Bill Chen $38,735
Danielk Idema $26,444
Frank Kassela $18,575