Phil Ivey wins ninth bracelet at WSOP APAC
Sometimes you have the distinct pleasure to witness greatness; be it the athleticism and grace of basketball superstars like Michael Jordan or Lebron James, the strength of UFC Champions like Anderson Silva or George St. Pierre, or the dominance of golf’s Tiger Woods. In poker we have our own dominant figure, and on Wednesday Phil Ivey once again showed us why he is the best poker player in the world.
In Event #3 at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific tournament series Ivey won his ninth WSOP bracelet and his 8th in the last 12 years –11 years if you exclude 2011 where Ivey skipped the WSOP. The $2,200 buy-in Mixed Game tournament boasted a small field of just 81 players, and a first-place prize of just $50,000, but for Ivey the win is more about legacy than money. Ivey is now alone in fourth place on the all-time bracelet list. Prior to his win on Wednesday, Ivey was tied with Erik Seidel with eight bracelets each, trailing only Johnny Chan (10), Doyle Brunson (10), and Phil Hellmuth (13).
Here is a look at Phil Ivey’s career resume:
* Over $17 million in career tournament earnings (5th on the All-time Money List)
* 9 WSOP bracelets
* 1 WPT Title
* 10 Top 10 WPT finishes
* Considered one of the best cash games in poker history
* Nearly $20 million in online poker cash game winnings
But enough about the man’s legacy, here’s what happened at the final table of the tournament. Ivey came into the six-handed final table as the chip-leader, with fellow poker superstar and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu nipping at his heels. The tournament was without fireworks until the elimination of Negreanu in 4th place, after which Ivey decided to start ramping-up his aggression. At one point during three-handed Ivey was reduced to the short-stack but he would make a comeback and with the elimination of Graeme Putt in 3rd place left him to battle Brandon Wong for the title. Wong began the heads-up match with the chip-lead but was methodically ground-down by the more experienced Ivey, who finished off Wong during a 2-7 Triple Draw hand.
For Negreanu, bracelet #5 will have to wait. The poker legend has now gone five years without a bracelet, the longest WSOP drought of his career.
Here is a look at the final table payouts from the tournament:
1. Phil Ivey – $51,840
2. Brandon Wong – $32,039
3. Graeme Putt – $22,427
4. Daniel Negreanu – $16,336
5. Rob Campbell – $12,020
6. Kevin Song – $8,978
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