Phil Ivey Nets Big Wins During Recent Online Sessions

Phil Ivey Wins at Cash Tables

Phil Ivey has had a tough 2014 off the tables, but a recent hot streak signify that things are going just fine at the tables. (Image:

Phil Ivey, who now plays under the screen name “Polarizing” has had a rough 2014 off the tables, but a hot streak at Full Tilt saw him win more than $690,000 in just a week’s time. While he might have lost out on millions thanks to a lost court case in the United Kingdom, Ivey’s had by all accounts a solid year at the tables. Recently, Ivey played more than 20,000 hands during a 30-day stretch, and according to HighStakesDB, a popular poker hand tracking website, he’s been dominating the nosebleed games.

A Dominating Week

According to the tracking website, during a 30-day period starting on October 23 through November 21, Ivey is up a total of $550,000 at the cash tables on Full Tilt. The reason he is up is thanks to a pretty good week, even by his lofty standards. When he started logging hands on November 4, he did pretty well as he won about $440,000 in just a day, but that quickly evaporated as he ended up down $110,000 just a couple of days later, a swing of about a half million dollars. Things stayed pretty much the same heading into November 11.

It was on that day that Ivey was down about $200,000 (when examining during this specific 30-day window) that he got very hot. By November 14, he was up $660,000, then had a couple of days’ worth of downswings before hitting his high of nearly $880,000. By the end of the 30-day window examined, Ivey was up to about $550,000 in profits. According to the website, Ivey has logged approximately 20,433 hands from October 23 through November 21 time period, netting $570,993. For those of you counting at home, that’s an approximate profit of $27.94 every single time he plays a hand of poker.

Wins Six Pots Hit Six Figures

During this run, Ivey has won some of the biggest hands of the year, marked by six different hands that saw a six-figure pot shoved his way. The biggest was played on November 5, at $200-$400 Mixed Pot Limit Omaha, where Ivey saw $256,782 come his way on a split pot.

His second biggest pot won was at $200-$400 Mixed No Limit Hold’em holding Kc-Qc. On the big blind, his opponent min raised to $800 and Ivey three-bet to $2,800 which was called. With a flop of 5c-Kh-6c he had flopped top pair with a good kicker, plus the second-nut flush draw. Ivey c-bet on the flop, with his opponent coming over the top for three times his amount. Ivey called and a Qh came on the turn, giving Ivey top two pair plus the flush draw. Ivey checked the turn and his opponent led out and in response, came over the top with a big raise which was called. On the river, a 6h came, which didn’t improve Ivey. He checked, his opponent led out for a very small amount, and Ivey called. His opponent turned over 7c-4c, which meant he (or she) had a straight, flush, and straight flush draws at the flop which all missed. Ivey then saw a massive pot shoved his way.

Other six-figure pots won by Ivey include $161,350 at $300-$600 PLO, $145,656 at $200-$400 No Limit Hold’em, $106,596 at $200-$400 PLO, and $101,142 at $300-$600 No Limit Hold’em holding A-K offsuit. In that particular hand, Ivey was against an opponent heads-up who held A-Q offsuit and went all-in preflop. A queen actually spiked the flop, but Ivey went back ahead with a winning king on the turn.

Ivey’s 2014 Has Been Up and Down

While the famed poker pro has total live tournament winnings exceeding $21 million and has won countless millions playing in live cash games, he’s had a tough 2014. While he won the 2014 Aussie Millions LK Boutique $250,000 challenge for AU$4,000,000 ($3.47 million USD), he took a huge loss in court. He was accused of cheating by a casino, and ended up losing the court case in the United Kingdom, which meant he lost out on an astounding $12.4 million.

Written by
Sean Gibson
Sean Gibson has been an insider in the poker and casino industry for a number of years. Gibson has worked with many different media outlets and has covered events such as the World Series of Poker Main Event, the World Poker Tour Championship, and an infinite number of online events. He plays both 6-max and Full Ring No Limit Hold'em and can be found playing at either the Oceans 11 cardroom in Oceanside, CA or at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

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