WSOP 101: Don't Bet Against Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey
Wait, I get money too?

“I think I can win 30 gold bracelets,” said the sickest poker player on the planet after winning his eighth career WSOP decorative wristband.

That player, of course, is Phil Ivey. The 33-year-old assassin is perhaps the most feared No-Limit Hold'em player in the world, but none of his eight WSOP victories have come in a Hold'em event.

It seems it doesn't matter which game is being played as Ivey showed off his versatile skill set by overcoming a short stack with two tables remaining to seal the come-from-behind victory in the $3k mixed H.O.R.S.E. event this time.

The win brought with it a $330k payday, bringing his career WSOP earnings above the $5 million mark. Plus, there's no telling how much Ivey will net from prop bets as a result of his bracelet win.

"It was over twenty dollars," he said in typical understated fashion.

Mike Matusow is out at least $20k as PokerListings previously overheard him taking side action on Ivey missing out on the remaining final tables in this year's WSOP. Howard Lederer and Mike Sexton will be the lucky two recipients of that pay out.

Of all the bad investments a person can make, betting against Phil Ivey in a poker tournament has got to be at the top of that list.

Ivey bested a star-studded final table that included five previous bracelet winners. In fact, all of the top five finishers have WSOP victories to their names. Bill Chen finished second, John Juanda got third, Robert Aldridge took fourth and 2009 Player of the Year Jeffrey Lisandro finished in fifth place.

From the "something only a multi-millionaire could say" file, Ivey casually asked how much the first-place prize paid out moments after the win, genuinely unaware of how much he had earned.

The typical player would have had the payouts memorized hours beforehand. Ivey has proven to be anything buy typical.

His first bracelet came in 2000 and he has since posted victories in Pot-Llimit Omaha, Stud 8, S.H.O.E., Seven Card Stud, 2-7 Draw Lowball, Omaha 8 and now H.O.R.S.E.

Only four players have won more bracelets in WSOP history.

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