The South got off to a great start when Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi won the $50K Players Championship at the World Series this year, but then things slowed for a bit.
But Frank Kassela (a former Memphis resident) and Carter Phillips of Charlotte, N.C. got the ball rolling again by winning bracelets in Events 15 and 16, respectively.
Kasella won the $10K Stud/8 World Championship, which featured a 170-player field and a prize pool of $1,598,000. Kassela won $447,446.
Phillips bested more than 1,660 players to win the $1,500 NLHE 6-Handed event, pocketing $483K from the $2,245,050 prize pool.
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