Phil Ivey Wins 9th WSOP Bracelet
We have just witnessed poker legend Phil Ivey take down his 9th WSOP gold bracelet as he defeated fellow American Brandon Wong heads up to win Event #3, the $3k Mixed Event at the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific championships in Melbourne, Australia.
The final table of six started at 12.30pm local time with Ivey already the chip leader. He was closely followed by none other than Daniel "KidPoker (http://www.highstakesdb.com/profiles/KidPoker.aspx)" Negreanu with Brandon Wong, Kevin Song, Rob Campbell and Graeme Pitt making up the numbers.
First to fall was Kevin Song in a "Song vs Wong" showdown in PLO. Song's flopped two pair was outmatched by Wong's turned straight as he headed to the rail in 6th.
Wong also despatched 5th placed finisher Rob Campbell in a round of 7 card Stud hi/lo shortly after Campbell had been crippled by Negreanu during the same round.
Negreanu himself was the next to have his bracelet dreams dashed as he too ran out of steam during a PLO round. Wong had Negreanu outchipped and was ahead with top two pair on the turn when he put his opponent all in. Negreanu didn't hesitate to call as he help a flush draw and an open ended straight draw. The river bricked and Negreanu was sent packing in 4th.
Having stayed out of much of the action to this point, Phil Ivey, who had long since lost the chip lead, started to open up his game and take down pot after pot.
Soon enough we reached heads up play as Ivey dismissed putt during a round of Stud hi/lo.
Heads up play started with players relatively even, Wong with a 256k - 230k chip lead. Ivey soon took control however and assumed a 280k - 200k lead after a round of 2-7 Triple Draw.
Wong was not done however and scooped two big pots, one in Stud and another in PLO8 which resulted in a him taking a 352k - 95k chip lead. At this point the bracelet seemed to be slipping from Ivey's grasp.
Ivey isn't known as the best poker player in the world for nothing however and with a little patience and no shortage of skill he was able to slowly bit surely fight back. After evening the score, a big round of Omaha enabled Ivey to take ack the chip lead.
Wong was not finished however and got a lucky double up when his Q9 shove in NLHE was called by Ivey's A7. A nine of the flop handed the pot, and a lifeline to Wong who then went on to once again take the chip lead.
Things turned for the last time during a round of Limit Hold'em where Ivey landed two big pots, was given a series of walks and some uncontested pre-flop raises to really take control of the match.
The next round of 2-7 totally crippled Wong as he got involved in a big raising battle pre-flop, resulting in him folding on the final street with just 5k left in his stack.
The inevitable happened moments later when Ivey tabled a 10, 9 low and Wong was left drawing to his 7,6,3. His remaining draws couldn't help as he ended up tabling a Queen and Phil Ivey had won $51k and, more importantly, his 9th WSOP bracelet, putting him on a par with the great Johnny Moss, one behind Doyle Brunson & Johnny Chan and four behind Phil Hellmuth.