Legends Of Poker
John Phan and Michael Mizrachi
The favourite for the Poker Player of the Year race and the winner of the most prize money this year...
LEGEND OF POKER JOHN PHAN: It’s interesting to see what it takes to win the Poker Player of the Year Race. With five months of 2005 still to go John Phan of Long Beach California is the firm favourite to win this prestigious award having been the only player able to accumulate points in every month of the season to date. In short, consistency is the key to success. To give you an idea of just how good John Phan is, Phil Ivey, the Tiger Woods of poker, can only manage fifth place. It’s way too early to count out poker prodigy Ivey but with Phan holding an almost unassailable 862 point lead over the rest of the field it’ll take a monumental effort for anyone to overhaul him.
MICHAEL “THE GRINDER” MIZARCHI
Amazingly, Michael Mizrachi, having won more money than anyone else in the top ten this year, including John Phan, has been unable to break into the first five. The Grinder hails from Hollywood and had a rocket start to the year but has hit a recent bad run on reaching the final tables of several big contests.
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