Phil Ivey Wins 9th WSOP Bracelet

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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" 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.

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Writer: Pete


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shamanalix

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Amazing! Congratulation to Mr. Ivey. I wonder how worried (and inspired) Mr. Hellmuth is getting? Going to be a great summer in Vegas!
 
snklzona

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Ya I'm sure that the other Phil is not to thrilled with this finish...but Ivey is a fantastic player who very well might not only catch him but could pass...
 
curtinsea

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am I the only one not impressed by this? In fact, I think the value of the WSOP Bracelet is completely watered down now to be almost meaningless. I mean, seriously, 81 players in a $2K buy-in game and it's a Bracelet event?? I don't think it should be at all, those bracelets need to mean something or else, well or else they don't mean anything
 
SicKBeATz

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That is awesome. Still way early in the Series too hope he ties Doyle and Chan this yr.

Watch out Phil Hellmuth the Ivey train is coming.
 
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i am expecting him to end up with more then the other phil in the next 2 years .what a bubble burst that will be . i cant wait
 
JusSumguy

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am I the only one not impressed by this? In fact, I think the value of the WSOP Bracelet is completely watered down now to be almost meaningless. I mean, seriously, 81 players in a $2K buy-in game and it's a Bracelet event?? I don't think it should be at all, those bracelets need to mean something or else, well or else they don't mean anything
Shudda seen the size of the big buyin tourneys before Moneymaker

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OzExorcist

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Shudda seen the size of the big buyin tourneys before Moneymaker

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^ this. Hell, 81 players is more than the combined fields that entered the '76 and '77 Main Events when Doyle won his first two bracelets (they had 22 and 34 entrants, respectively).

81 people is more than Stu Ungar beat in either his first two Main Event wins.

Plus all nine of Ivey's bracelets have come in events with buyins of $5K or less - indeed, all but two of them have been in events with a buyin of $2.5K or less. Beating relatively small fields in mixed or minor games is kind of his thing as far as bracelets go.

Ivey's not alone in that BTW - one of Doyle's bracelets is from a $600 (no I didn't miss a zero there - it's six hundred dollars) buyin "mixed doubles" event. So I could be wrong, but does that mean Texas Dolly only had to put up $300 to enter? Dunno what the field size was in that but it can't have been huge, because first place only paid $4,500.

I agree it'd be more impressive if they beat big fields in high buyin events but at the end of the day, I think we've just got to acknowledge that a bracelet is a bracelet.

In other news LOL this is happening in my home casino and I'd completely forgotten about it :p
 
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curtinsea

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Shudda seen the size of the big buyin tourneys before Moneymaker

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the number of people playing poker was vastly, and proportionately I suspect, smaller back then as well. So I think looking back and saying "well in 1974 . . . " is not relevant today at all
 
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Phil Ivey is so good at poker. Hopefully he comes back this year and plays more tournaments then he has the last few years.
 
SicKBeATz

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Well I think beating this event itself is a pretty big accomplishment. I mean this isn't NL holdem, so it isn't attracting the casual players. Most if not all of these players are probably pretty accomplished whether it be in cash games or tournaments.

So beating a field of 81 in a mixed game event seems to me would take more skill than beating a field of 1k plus in a holdem event where skill will only take you so far and winning the main event these days means you did nothing more than get a huge streak of cards and dodged a lot of bullets.
 
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Somehow it seems like the WSOP should be a once a year Las Vegas event. Imagine Baseball with two World Series in the same year! Seems downright Un-American.... :confused:
 
fasteddee74

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I watched it on espn 3 till the game was 3 handed. It looked like Wong had 3-1 chip lead when I went to bed. Sick comeback!
 
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Somehow it seems like the WSOP should be a once a year Las Vegas event. Imagine Baseball with two World Series in the same year! Seems downright Un-American.... :confused:

baseball shouldnt be called a world series DUCY?
 
OzExorcist

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Well I think beating this event itself is a pretty big accomplishment. I mean this isn't NL holdem, so it isn't attracting the casual players. Most if not all of these players are probably pretty accomplished whether it be in cash games or tournaments.

Actually, the consensus seems to be that this wasn't a particularly stacked field - certainly not one that had a lot of big name pros in it.

I've played with one of the guys who made the final table before (Graeme "Kiwi G" Putt), nice guy and a solid player but not even close to being on the level of a guy like Ivey, or even Negreanu.

But again, a bracelet is a bracelet. Ivey can't help it if it wasn't a thousand-strong field of pros.
 
SicKBeATz

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Actually, the consensus seems to be that this wasn't a particularly stacked field - certainly not one that had a lot of big name pros in it.

I've played with one of the guys who made the final table before (Graeme "Kiwi G" Putt), nice guy and a solid player but not even close to being on the level of a guy like Ivey, or even Negreanu.

But again, a bracelet is a bracelet. Ivey can't help it if it wasn't a thousand-strong field of pros.

There were quite a few well knowns for it being such a small event, I recognized close to 1/4 of the field. But I never said it was a stacked field of well known tournament pros just that this tournament isn't going to attract very many (if any at all) casual players that you see playing in the NL events.

Chances are players entering this event know all the games pretty well, and I would imagine they play better than a lot of the avg. players you see playing NL but thats just speculation.
 
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most of Phil Hellmuths bracelets came from glorified 45 man sit n goes. seriously if you dont think this is great for the game then i dont know what to tell you
 
curtinsea

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most of Phil Hellmuths bracelets came from glorified 45 man sit n goes. seriously if you dont think this is great for the game then i dont know what to tell you

People keep bringing up the past without putting it in context. When Phil Hellmuth won the Main Event, there were only 14 Bracelets awarded that year.

This year . . . 61 in Las Vegas, 5 more at APAC, and 7 , more in Europe

Doesn't that make a difference in the prestige winning a bracelet should bring?
 
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In the poker world a hundred years from now, bracelets will still define the great ones.

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