Mizrachi eliminated in 5th, Candio out in 4th

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:

1Joseph Cheong97,100,000
2Jonathan Duhamel93,950,000
3John Racener28,250,000