Phil Ivey Captures Sixth WSOP Bracelet!

Posted at 16:35 2009-06-06
When it comes to anything involving Phil Ivey – major tournament victories, outlandish and expensive prop bets, even his ability on the golf course – you generally don’t hear much from the man himself, only what’s been circulated in press releases, the rumour mill and rare snippets on televised poker events. But the ever-popular and enigmatic Team Full Tilt Pro has always been, and always will be, a big deal.

So it’s no surprise that the major topic of the WSOP right now is that of Ivey’s emphatic victory in Event #8 – the $2,500 Deuce-to-Seven Lowball event at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

147 players took their seats for this event, generating a prize pool of USD $388,100. Amongst some of the big names to also take their part included poker legend, Barry Greenstein, 2008 WSOP Player of the Year Erick Lindgren, WPT champion Layne Flack, top Australian pro Tony G and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso, who continues her exceptional run in tournaments after her runner-up finish in the NBC National Heads-Up Championship and her victory in the EPT Grand Final High Rollers Event in Monte Carlo.

But it would be Ivey that would take his seat at the final table alongside WSOP bracelet winner Eric Kesselman, John Monnette, Yan Chen, Raphael Zimmerman, Talebi Rodeen and Elia Ahmadian.

Ivey would clash with Monnette in a three-hour marathon heads-up battle; the final hand came down to Ivey moving all-in, showing {7x}{6x}{4x}{2x} against Monette’s {9x}{7x}{5x}{2x}. Monette caught an unlucky repeat seven and Ivey was dealt a five, securing the victory and giving Ivey his sixth career WSOP bracelet and the first place payout of USD $96,367.

“It was a gruelling event, when we got to head-up, we played a long time,” said Ivey in an interview with Nolan Dalla after the tournament. “I did not expect [the final table] to last that long.”

“I don’t play that much
[Deuce-to-Seven Lowball], so I am pretty proud that I won a bracelet in this event since I had not won this game before, it really means a lot. Every time you win a bracelet, especially now, it is a major accomplishment.”

2009 WSOP Event #8 - $2,500 Deuce-to-Seven Lowball
(147 entries, 21 players paid)

1              Phil Ivey                              (Las Vegas, NV)              $96,367
2              John Monnette                   (Palmdale, CA)                $59,586
3              Yan Chen                            (Irvine, CA)                        $38,891
4              Eric Kesselman                 (New York, NY)                $26,757
5              Talebi Rodeen                   (Los Angeles, CA)           $19,346
6              Raphael Zimmerman      (Missoula, MT)                  $14,663
7              Elia Ahmadian                   (Fairfax, VA)                       $11,627


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