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3-Time WSOP Champ Michael Mizrachi tells New Players "Don't Start Small"

With almost $14.6 million in live tournament winnings and 3 WSOP gold bracelets, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi is one of the best poker players in the world. And PokerNews recently caught up with him to try and find out what his secret is to playing so good.

Unfortunately, Mizrachi wasn't about to spill any tips for how he manages to accumulate so many chips in the early going. He asked the reporter, "Can you keep a secret? So can I."

But Mizrachi did offer some advice to new poker players. "Don't pick up my style right away because you definitely have to play a lot of years, it's a lot of years experience," The Grinder said. "You don't want to be involved in too many hands - get yourself in trouble. I've been in a lot of these situations and I know how to get out of it. I don't know about reading books, but I think the best way of playing is to just play as much as you can."

Perhaps one of the more interesting tips that Mizrachi gave was to jump right into the action against tougher players. "I wouldn't start low stakes, I would start at maybe bigger buy-ins because it's not the same when you're playing against average or below average players - you'll never get better." He added, "You've got to play against the best, and maybe you'll become the best."

Of course, this strategy doesn't always work out for everybody. Gus Hansen is a prime example of this because he's lost over $20 million playing high stakes online poker. But for Mizrachi, his high-risk, high-reward strategy has definitely paid off over the years. He's won two different $50k Players Championships at the WSOP (2010, 2012) and also final tabled the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Given that Mizrachi continues to play well, we can no doubt expect to see his career tournament winnings keep increasing over the years.