Phil Ivey had his plate full in 2014, being involved in two baccarat scandals and he is currently facing a plethora of charges. Borgata is unwilling to drop the case and claim the poker professional won millions of dollars after using what they call edge sorting. Ivey simply took advantage of the flawed deck of cards that the casino employees were using to maximize his chances to win while decreasing the house edge.
Meanwhile, he has plenty of reasons to be thrilled with his performance, as he emerged victorious once again at the World Series of poker. This is the 10th time that he wins a bracelet and even though he has a wide gap to close before overtaking Phil Hellmuth, he is clearly on the right track. The leader was unlucky this year and suffered an untimely elimination from the main event as a result of bluffing too much, so 2015 will be particularly interesting.
Ivey signed up for Event 50: $1500 Eight-Game Mix where he had an edge over most of his opponents, but even so it was pretty difficult to make the final table. Those who participated in this tournament were players who spend a lot of time almost exclusively at these tables, therefore they knew exactly what they were doing. The journey was every bit as exciting as the destination, with the highlights of this tournament being briefly presented at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp42QqlE2tk.
By the time final table began, Phil was not the chip leader but had just enough in front of him to put his tremendous experience to good use. His most difficult opponent was Daniel Negreanu who is also very experienced at this version of poker, but he didn’t stand a chance in event 50. As poker players were eliminated, Ivey consolidated his lead and when heads-up play began it was fairly obvious that the runner-up didn’t have a chance.
By winning his 10th gold bracelet, Phil Ivey is tied with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan and the good news is that Doyle is unlikely to win another bracelet. The poker veteran decided not to play anymore in the World Series of poker, as his aged prevents him from being competitive in lengthy events. This means that the two Phils will be left fighting for the lead in the next couple of years and even though Hellmuth has an advantage right now, Ivey is well-positioned for staging a remarkable comeback.