Phil Ivey Outright Favourite in November Nine Betting

Posted at 20:10 2009-11-07
PartyBets continues to duck for the cover, as a torrent of money continues to flow in for Phil Ivey to take down the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event title. Ivey has now moved into outright favouritism to capture the title, dropping from $5 to $4.50 in the last week. The public money continues to love Ivey despite the fact that he enters the final table seventh in chips and Darvin Moon has a monster stack that many believe should be big enough to roll over his opponents. Moon continues to offer what is seemingly fantastic value, now out to $s mortensen5 for the win.
PartyPoker.com ambassador and World Poker Tour commentator Mike Sexton is baffled by the support for Ivey. “Phil Ivey is the most well known pro to the public and this has to be a sentimental bet for action on the tournament. It is hard to imagine, more astonishing, that a player can be favourite with just 5% of the chips in play. I regard Ivey as the best player in the world and it would be nice to see him win but as everyone knows chips are power,” said Sexton, who will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the final table gets underway.
PartyBets continues to question the support as well. “Has the world gone mad? Ivey is a short stack and Moon is a massive chip leader with 30% of the chips in play. It just doesn’t make sense but the punters just keep coming for Ivey and we have had no choice but to make him favourite because of our large six figure liabilities and the consistent interest,” said a spokesperson for the bookmaker.
“There will be a lot of punters out there sweating Ivey and a lot of bookies praying that he doesn’t get the early double-up that is essential for him to make a remarkable comeback from seventh in chips. If Ivey achieves what punters think he can it will be the worst poker result in bookmaking history,” added the PartyBets representative.
PartyBets.com currently has Ivey as a $4.50 favourite, despite the fact that he has only 265,000 more chips than France’s Antonie Saout who will pay out $17 for the win. Chip leader and second favourite Darvin Moon having over six times the chipstack that Ivey holds.
Both Ivey and Moon will be looking to overcome history though. Ivey looks to become the first established professional since Carlos Mortensen won in 2001, while Darvin Moon will be the first blue collar worker since farmer Jim Bechtel took down the event in 1993.
Ivey isn’t the only short stack attracting attention. Fresh off a final table appearance at the World Series of Poker Europe, Englishman James Akenhead has been well supported by PartyBets’ sizeable UK customer base. Even though he is ninth in chips, Akenhead will start on the eighth line of betting at $15. Antoine Saout who finished ahead of Akenhead on the final table at the WSOPE will start at the longest odds – he’ll pay $17 if he wins the whole thing.
PartyBets are also offering a top three place market, which will pay 25% of the win odds for each player, should they finish in the top three. PokerNetwork is offering a fantastic cash bonus for making a deposit at PartyPoker. This can be used to bet on any of the markets offered by PartyBets or the house edge games at PartyCasino, all using your PartyPoker account.

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