Phil Ivey Makes Appearance on PokerStars?

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Former Team Full Tilt Poker pro Phil Ivey allegedly hit the high stakes games on PokerStars this weekend.

RaiseOnce, widely regarded to be Ivey’s PokerStars account, logged on to the site Friday and played 223 hands of $200/$400 Pot-Limit Omaha before eventually losing $218,000. 

In 2010 Phil Ivey and RaiseOnce were both active on Full Tilt and PokerStars respectively and they both disconnected and reconnected at the same time.

The RaiseOnce account also seems to follow Ivey’s general style of play – i.e. playing a minimal amount of tables and quitting as soon as he starts losing.

Furthermore the account is located in Mexico and Ivey is known to own a house in Cabo.

You can read more about the many reasons why railbirds believe RaiseOnce is Phil Ivey in this thread on TwoPlusTwo poker forum.

On Friday RaiseOnce first sat at $400/$800 8-game and $1,000/$2,000 H.O.R.S.E. with no takers before Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond finally took him on at $200/$400 PLO.

Galfond stacked RaiseOnce for over $200k in a short session but would go on to play another 3,000 hands this weekend and ended up finishing with $160k in profit.

Although all the buzz was on RaiseOnce this weekend there were some big winners on PokerStars as mTw-DaviN took down $219k. AltiFC (+$92k), tiltjezz (+$73k) and 1II|1II|1iI| (+$63k).

1II|1II|1iI| has been on one heck of a heater lately and has won over $1 million in the last three weeks alone.

RaiseOnce was indeed the biggest loser on PokerStars over the weekend but EireAbu (-$209k), Lrslzk (-$84k), Long90110 (-$84k) and PimpyLimpy (-$55k) all lost big.

Keep in mind that Long90110 was heavily rumored to be Tom Dwan so that means its possible that two former Full Tilt superstars were active on PokerStars over the weekend.

For more information be sure to check our online poker stats section. In the meantime you can check out the biggest hand from the massive RaiseOnce and MrSweets28 session below.


About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.

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