Ivey Talks Eighth WSOP Bracelet

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey officially accepted his $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. bracelet on Wednesday and took a moment to reflect on his historic achievement.

The bracelet is the eighth career WSOP bracelet for Ivey, and the legend continues to grow.

"Poker, just like any other sport, takes a lot of work," Ivey said.

"I've put a lot of time into the game. From day one I took it very seriously."

Ivey's been widely regarded as one of poker's very best for most of the last decade, with his first bracelet win coming at the WSOP 2000.

When poker's popularity exploded in the mid-2000s, Ivey's legend began to grow, and by the end of the decade Ivey was considered by many to be the best all-around player of all time.

He added two bracelet wins to his resume at the 2009 WSOP, and Tuesday added his eighth career bracelet in $3k H.O.R.S.E.

Ivey now has WSOP bracelets in H.O.R.S.E., Pot-Limit Omaha, Stud, Stud Hi-Lo, S.H.O.E., Deuce-to-Seven Lowball and Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo.

"The way I got better at poker was from playing all the games, and taking each game seriously," Ivey said.

"It's the World Series of Poker, and I enjoy playing tournaments. I enjoy winning bracelets. As I'm getting older I'm realizing my place in poker history."

Ivey's reputation as the world's best all-around player spans all facets of poker: online, live cash games, and live tournaments.

"It's very important how you perform in tournaments, as well as the side games," Ivey said. "I'm starting to see that now."

Ivey's press conference didn't last long, as the 34-year-old living legend only took a few questions before hitting the exit.

He did mention that he's honored to be amongst the elite club of eight-time bracelet winners, and he's not done yet.

"Erik Seidel has eight, just like me, so it's nice to catch him," Ivey said. "I think he's a very talented poker player, so it's nice to finally catch up with him."

"And one day I do plan on catching Phil (Hellmuth), so it's one step at a time."

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