Phil Ivey Returns to WSOP to Take Part in $100K High Roller
One of the biggest names in the sport of poker made his return to one of its biggest stages this past weekend. Phil Ivey, the 10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner ended his year-long leave of absence from the Rio Convention Center and WSOP taking part in a $100,000 No-Limit High roller event.
Effort Cut Short against Chidwick
The field of 321 players was a stacked one for Ivey to jump back into and despite much fanfare, the expert was sent home relatively early. While the likes of Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Scott Seiver and Brian Hastings made it through the opening day of the tournament, Ivey and fellow superstar Daniel Negreanu failed to make the initial cut.
Ivey started, as all entrants did, with $500,000 in chips and quickly grew that stack to $800,000. He defeated poker pro Stephen Chidwick several times with flushes but karma came back to bite him when he took on the Brit once again.
With 27 players left and 11 spots away from the final table, Ivey matched his pocket sevens against a king-nine from Chidwick. Ace-ten-ten was the flop, then came a queen on the turn to cause Ivey to sweat out the river which ended up a devastating jack.
The day ended with Chidwick in the top three with $7,065,000, Washington native Jesse Hampton in second place with $10,180,000 and Nick Petrangelo, Massachusetts second all-time money leader, in the top spot with $13,460,000.
The lucky straight sank Ivey’s hopes at bracelet number 11, but if statements made earlier this year are any indication, this won’t be the last 2018 WSOP event we see the talented player throw his name into the hat for.
Ivey Expects to Keep Playing WSOP Tournaments
Fans of the magnetic personality and style of Ivey can come to expect seeing a lot more of his as the year goes on which is welcome news for poker aficionados around the world. Ivey said last month after a Chinese HK$250000 Short Deck event that he intends to play more WSOP events.
“I wanted to start playing some more tournaments. I announced that kind of at the beginning of the year. So I plan on playing the World Series of Poker. Short deck, long deck, it’s OK.”
As recently as 2016 the only WSOP event he played was the main event, which marked the last such event he took part in until this weekend’s appearance. He took home HK$1,666,480 in a Chinese HK$ 1,000,000 No Limit Hold ‘em event.
The Latest Chapter of a Distinguished Career
Ivey last won a bracelet back in 2014 at a $1,500 8-Game Mix event for a $166,986-prize. He won his first at age 23 back in 2000 and his biggest bracelet payday came just five years later in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event that netted the star player $635,603.
According the Hendon Mob Poker Database, the Las Vegas resident has racked up a grand total of $26,127,504 in Total Live Earnings. He ranks 5th on the US All Time Money List, 7th on the All Time Money List currently. His highest money list ranking was first place at one point, and he presently ranks 2nd in the world in popularity.
Ivey made headlines for a memorable night at Crockfords Casino in London back in 2012 for winning £8 million playing Punto Banco, a variant of Baccarat. It was determined by the UK Supreme Court that by using a technique known as edge sorting, Ivey lost a civil suit in 2017 that meant the casino didn't have to surrender his prize.
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