Today started out like any other at the 2010 World Series of Poker, but ended with something special. Phil Ivey captured his eighth World Series of Poker bracelet to put himself in elite company amongst the greatest players to have ever played the game.
Today started out with 25 world-class mixed games players and although everyone was expecting long day, you had a feeling that today was going to bring something very special. Of course when you come back for a day three with superstars like David Benyamine, John Juanda, Jeff Lisandro, Dan Heimiller, Chad Brown, David Singer and several other previous bracelet winners, it was always destined to be a final table for the ages.
When the field was reduced to 16 players, Phil Ivey was the short stack of the field. But by the time the final table was formed, Ivey was amongst the leaders and looking ever dangerous. However Ivey never had it easy and his chip stack fluctuated as the going was tough against such a strong lineup.
Australian Jeff Lisandro was also right in the mix. A tough hand went against him on the final table bubble, to leave him crippled as the final table kicked off. However in a display of true grit and determination, he was able to fight back to get himself in contention, before eventually succumbing in fifth place.
As play got short-handed, Ivey was expected to kick it up a gear but he still struggled for momentum, and laid low as others fell away. John Juanda fell in third place to leave Ivey with a three-to-one chip deficit against two-time bracelet winner Bill Chen.
We've witnessed Ivey destroy final tables in the past, but you never got the feeling that this title was his, until play reached heads up. Bill Chen put up a great fight and excelled on the final table, but once Ivey got some momentum heads up, it seemed like there was only ever going to be one winner.
The final hand came in razz, when Ivey made a sixty-five on fifth street, which improved to a wheel on the river, to better Chen’s made seventy-six.
Bracelet number eight. Of course, bracelets mean a lot to Ivey, but the talk tomorrow will be about the side bets he stands to collect from this famous victory. In fact, after it was all over, Ivey was overheard to comment, "So how much is it for first place anyway?" Who would be game enough to ever bet against Phil Ivey again?
Final Table Results
1st Phil Ivey - $329,840 2nd Bill Chen - $203,802 3rd John Juanda - $129,553 4th Kenneth Aldridge - $93,418 5th Jeff Lisandro - $68,417 6th David Baker - $50,871 7th Albert Hahn - $38,391 8th Chad Brown - $29,406
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