Just days after Brock Parker shocked the poker world by winning his second WSOP bracelet of this year’s series, Full Tilt pro Phil Ivey has proven why he is the greatest poker player walking the face of the earth today with his victory overnight in Event#25: $2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi/Lo event.
Ivey dominated a world class field to bring home the gold in stunning fashion to the delight of the fans who were ten-deep on the rail, trying to catch a glimpse of their poker hero. The day started with 14 players returning and after leading for most of Day 2, Ivey had slipped back to the middle of the pack. However he soon turned that around as the cream of the field started to rise to the top. With the final 14 players including the likes of PokerStars pro Chad Brown, Internet sensation Jon “PearlJammer” Turner, bracelet winners Dutch Boyd and Blair Rodman, and of course 2001 World Champion Carlos Mortensen, Ivey was always going to have his work cut out for him as he got himself to the final table in 7th place on the chip count leader board.
However it didn’t take long for Ivey to stamp his authority on the table, and within minutes he’d surged to the chip lead as his opponents started to drop away. Jon Turner had a great tournament to ultimately bow out in 5th place, while Dutch Boyd also appears capable of taking down the title but he eventually busted in 4th.
The real threat to Ivey was Carlos Mortensen who was one of the few players prepared to take it up to the six-time bracelet winner in terms of pure aggression. In the end, Mortensen’s aggression got him into some trouble during a hand of Stud-8. With the seven cards dealt, Ivey bet out and Mortensen put in a raise. Ivey made a quick call with just a pair of nines with no low, which incredibly was good to scoop as Mortensen was firing on air. This mistake cost Mortensen dearly and he was eliminated in 3rd place.
That left Ivey with a 2:1 chip lead over unknown Ming Lee and although Lee got the upper-hand early, you always felt that the win was Ivey’s destiny. He ground down Lee and eventually put the nail in the coffin in a Stud-8 hand, making trip queens to better Lee’s pair of jacks.
The crowd cheered as Ivey gave a rare smile of satisfaction as capturing his seventh WSOP bracelet. With this victory, he joins Billy Baxter in sixth place on the all time WSOP bracelets list, and well in the hunt for the 2009 WSOP Player of The Year award.
After the win, Ivey was asked what the line would be for him to capture his next bracelet, and in typical no-nonsense, words of legends, fashion he simply replied “Tomorrow.”
The scary thing is that he has every chance for this to be true.
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