Drew Amato has been covering the World Series of Poker since 2014. This year he’s covered the U.S. Poker Open and Super High Roller Bowl for Poker Central. Twice per week, Amato will share his favorite images from the World Series of Poker. Enjoy this recurring piece as, in his own words, Amato describes the biggest moments in the game.

Last night, poker history was made. Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi took down the illustrious $50,000 Poker Players Championship a record-breaking third time, adding to his Poker Hall of Fame bid and boosting his career tournament earnings to $16.9 million.

Relive the entire final table on PokerGO right now, but not before enjoying this photo recap, including the best moments of the night.

The David ‘Chip’ Reese Trophy: The stage was set for another historic day at the World Series of Poker as over $1.2 million was on the line, along with the David ‘Chip’ Reese Memorial Trophy. Dan Smith was chasing his first ever bracelet, while Hennigan found himself on the verge of tying Mizrachi and Rast with two victories. On top of it all, Mizrachi was locked in to break another record by winning this event a third time.
Big Smiles and Broken Dreams: For a lot of players, a final table of this magnitude would put them in a very uncomfortable spot, but for seasoned vets Mike Leah and Benny Glaser, this is just another day at the office. The two shared a moment earlier here on Day 5, and broke up the tension with a few jokes. Ultimately Leah and Glaser were eliminated in fourth and fifth place. 
No Gold for Dan: Dan Smith has come so close before to taking home a WSOP bracelet, and for a long time last night, it seemed as though this might’ve been his time to shine. Eventually, however, Mizrachi and Hennigan ran away with it, as he fell short in third place.
Experience vs Experience With the elimination of Dan Smith, Michael Mizrachi and John Hennigen were left to battle it out. With three titles in this event between them, both players were looking to make history. Hennigan came into heads up a little shorter than Mizrachi, and ‘The Grinder’ closed things out in ‘The Grinder’ fashion by winning a huge all-in during the No Limit Hold’em round.
The Grinder Does it Again: Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi now stands alone as the only winner of three bracelets in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship.

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