It’s no easy task to win a World Series of Poker gold bracelet. The events have large fields and usually include a long list of the world’s best poker players competing for that enviable piece of poker jewelry. There are a number of Canadian players who have more than enough talent and have a long track record of fantastic results in the WSOP as well as other major events, but haven’t yet secured their first WSOP win.
A perfect example of one such player is Sorel Mizzi.
Mizzi is a 28-year-old poker pro from Toronto, Ontario. He has the fourth-highest lifetime live poker earnings in Canada with over $9.6 million, beat only by Mike McDonald, Jonathan Duhamel, and Daniel Negreanu. Mizzi is also the 27th-highest lifetime gross earner in live poker in the world and is currently sitting in 20th on the Global Poker Index player ranking.
Mizzi was named the BLUFF Player of the Year in 2010. He also plays online under the name “Imper1um” at most poker rooms, and “zangbezan24” on PokerStars. Early in his career, he was listed as the top online player in the world on PocketFives. He bounced in and out of the top spot six times in 2007, occupying the title for a total of 108 days.
To summarize, Mizzi is among the best players in the world and is due for a WSOP win soon.
Every year, Mizzi makes his way to the WSOP and grinds out a pretty solid schedule. He has an impressive 26 cashes at the series since he first played it in 2007, the first year he was old enough to get through the doors. He has earned just over $1 million at the WSOP, including two cashes this summer already. He finished 68th in Event #15: No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed for $5,484, and followed it up a couple days later with an 18th-place finish for $7,805 in Event #20: No-Limit Hold’em Shootout.
A comprehensive list of Mizzi's WSOP results:
|2007||$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em||17||$18,745|
|2007||$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em||43||$15,547|
|2007||$10,000 World Championship||208||$51,398|
|2008||$2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha||29||$6,306|
|2008||£5,250 Pot-Limit Omaha (WSOP Europe)||2||£132,000|
|2009||$40,000 No-Limit Hold’em||25||$71,858|
|2009||$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em||136||$3,276|
|2009||$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||2||$253,048|
|2009||$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed||54||$13,957|
|2009||$10,000 World Championship||366||$27,469|
|2010||$1,500 Seven-Card Stud||6||$22,235|
|2010||$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed||25||$15,062|
|2010||$10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up||32||$17,987|
|2011||$3,000 Limit Hold’em||16||$8,850|
|2011||$10,000 Seven-Card Stud||11||$27,643|
|2011||$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed||97||$5,705|
|2011||$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em||32||$15,089|
|2011||$10,000 World Championship||95||$64,531|
|2012||$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha||93||$2,697|
|2012||$2,500 Limit Hold’em Six-Handed||5||$33,541|
|2012||$10,000 World Championship||151||$52,718|
|2013||$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em||108||$3,178|
|2013||$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six-Handed||16||$19,646|
|2013||$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em||90||$6,555|
|2014||$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed||68||$5,484|
|2014||$3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout||18||$7,805|
A WSOP has not passed without Mizzi cashing an event and he has had as many as five cashes in two separate years — 2009 and 2011. He’s made four final tables and has finished runner-up twice, just missing his first bracelet.
Two things Mizzi has a lot of are stamina and determination. These qualities enable him to play a heavy schedule every year and continue to maintain a strong game to get great results throughout the six-week series.
Further proof of this is a recent prop bet he won when he was at the other Rio — Rio de Janeiro — last month. He took on a prop bet that he couldn’t swim from Ipanema Beach to an island about five kilometres away. He had to conquer strong currents, wind, and the possibility of sharks. A support boat followed him along the journey, but he would lose the bet if he touched the boat. He also promised to donate 10% of his winnings to charity if he made it. Five hours later, exhausted and shaking, Mizzi touched the rocks on the shore of the island and was pulled into the boat.
Mizzi has to be one of the most talented and accomplished poker players to not win a WSOP event. With plenty of action still to play in this year’s series, keep an eye on this guy; it could be his year. Follow all the action in our live reporting blog to stay up to date on the 2014 WSOP, and don't forget the hashtag: #EhGame.
*WSOP results courtesy of The Hendon Mob.