Michael Mizrachi talks about Lock Deal ending, spending Time with Family

by Jeremy Olson

With the 2013 WSOP Europe currently underway, the stars of the poker world have descended on Casino Barriere. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi is one of these players and he’s had a lot to say lately.

During an interview with Bluff Media, Mizrachi admitted that his Lock Poker deal is officially over with. “Yea, yes it has,” he said, when asked about the matter. “It has and we’ll send out a statement soon, yes.”

The Grinder signed with Lock in January of last year. But recently, he and the rest of Team Lock have been taking flack over the poker room. Some Lock players aren’t receiving their cashouts until 6-9 months after they’ve been requested. There’s no word on if this played a major role in Mizrachi’s decision, but it certainly didn’t help.

Another interesting matter that Mizrachi spoke about was how his career is going right now. The 32-year-old told PokerListings that he played in 18 WSOP events, which is about half of his average. He added that he was “a little burnt out” on tournament poker and focusing more on cash games right now.

But this certainly doesn’t mean that Mizrachi is thinking about cutting his play way back. “At some point in your life, you’re like ‘Oh just let me take this part-time,” he said. “I’d say maybe in 20 years from now (I’ll retire). Or maybe make a certain amount of money where I’m feeling comfortable and live the rest of my life…and enjoy family and take time off poker, I definitely will.”

The Grinder also added that he has three kids and it’s tough to leave them behind when he’s on the road. However, he also says that he wants to provide for them through poker.

Seeing as how Mizrachi has earned $14,526,724 in live poker tournaments, he’s definitely done a good job of providing for his family!