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Phil Ivey strikes first in WSOP bracelet bets
Ivey survived dramatic ebbs and flows at the final table to beat John Monnette heads-up. The victory gives Ivey his sixth WSOP bracelet and a first-place cash of $96,361.
"I don't play that much Deuce, so I am pretty proud that I won a bracelet in this event," said Ivey after the match.
"Every time you win a bracelet, especially now, it is a major accomplishment."
While the first-place cash and the bracelet are important they pale in comparison with the money this win earned him in side bets.
Negreanu admitted than he's in the hole to Ivey during a break in the $10,000 Mixed Event.
"We have a bet standing," Negreanu said. "Last year I beat him for $200,000 winning a bracelet, and we have $200,000 on every bracelet."
"So he won that, but I also have bets on him in my fantasy stuff, he's my first pick. So I lost $200,000 but I won pretty close to that back anyway."
Financial setbacks aside, the four-time bracelet winner Negreanu was pleased to hear of Ivey's victory.
"I was happy for him," Negreanu said. "It was one of those weird things, he's a good friend of mine."
"So $200,000 is less important to me than him doing good. I like when good players win bracelets. It's historic."