Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, the most decorated professional left in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event, was eliminated in fifth place, earning more than $2.33 million.
A few hands later, Filippo Candio followed him to the rail in fourth place. Candio, the first Italian to make the final table of the Main Event, earned $3.09 million.
Mizrachi, of North Miami Beach, Fla., was knocked out of the tournament by Jonathan Duhamel’s pocket aces, but the elimination on the game’s 185th hand followed a bad run for more than a couple of hours after Mizrachi held a more than 20 million chip lead.
The Mizrachi knockout left Candio and John Racener short stacked to Duhamel and Joseph Cheong.
Three players now remain who are seeking two seats o play heads-up in the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em championship. The leader board: