Phil Ivey finishes 3rd in WPT Bellagio Cup

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 16, 2010 Posted in WPT News | No Comments »

Phil Ivey’s 2010 Bellagio Cup VI Championship tournament will likely go down as the only 3rd place performance from a WPT tournament that will forever be talked about. Ivey registered for the tournament on the third day of play and proceeded to take his 20BB starting stack right to the final table! Perhaps Phil has been playing those 300 chip super-turbos on Full Tilt Poker lately.

Ivey ended up in a 3-way battle with Justin “Boosted J” Smith and eventual winner Moritz Kranich from Germany, and his fate was sealed when he flipped-over J-9 on an A-J-4-A-3 board, and Kranich showed J-Q for the same hand but with a better kicker.

Ivey was crippled by the hand, and was eliminated by Boosted J, giving Ivey a $363k payday, along with his record-setting 9th WPT final table.

Kranich joined the small list of players who now hold an EPT and WPT title –Kranich won the 2009 EPT tournament in Deauville France. The win was worth $875k to the professional poker player boosting his lifetime tournament winnings to over $2 million.

Meanwhile Justin Smith continues to add to his impressive resume and is now at nearly $1.5 million in career tournament earnings.

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