WSOP All-Time Bracelet Winners, Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey has been branded the ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’ and although he bears a remarkable resemblance to the undisputed King of the Greens, Ivey has a lot more in common with the golfing legend than looks alone. He too is a natural at his chosen profession and even though he doesn’t have the experience of many others on the circuit he never fails to impress with his poker proficiency.
In recent times he has concentrated on high stakes cash games and is often found at the tables of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. One of his ‘Big Game’ achievements was when he happily appropriated a cool $16 million from Texan billionaire, Andy Beal, in just three days!
Perhaps what makes Ivey a legend in his own time is his success on virtually all the big international poker tours including the World Series of Poker, the World Poker Tour, the European Poker Tour and the failed European Poker Masters. He clearly travels well and is accomplished in most forms of poker, although he does have a propensity for Omaha.
Ivey has captured five WSOP bracelets in the eight years he has been contesting the event and 2002 was arguably his watershed year – he won three bracelets in that single innings and has joined the super ranks of Phil Hellmuth and Ted Forrest, the only other poker players ever to have achieved this feat!
Ivey’s Notable Achievements
Apart from his trio of wins at the 33rd edition of the WSOP he has won the Pot Limit Omaha on two occasions and in his inaugural WSOP outing in 2000 he became the first player in the long history of the tournament to defeat poker prodigy, Amarillo Slim, at the final table
His successes at the WPT are legendary –in January 2008 he smashed his unenviable duck of seven WPT final tables without a win when he out smarted Phil Hellmuth and Nam Le to capture the LA Poker Classic and nearly $1.6 million in cash!
At EPT Barcelona in 2006 Ivey finished runner-up to Norwegian Bjorn-Erik Glenne and at the London All Star Challenge, the maiden event of the inaugural EPM, he managed a 7th spot in a line-up that included the true greats of the game.
In 2005 he really hit the mother lode when he walked away with the title and the cash prize of the Monte Carlo Millions, only to return a day later to the tables of the Full Tilt Poker Invitational where he again outgunned his adversaries for the $600 000 prize. His rivals included Mike ‘the Mouth’ Matusow, Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson, Dave Ulliott and John Juanda – a veritable line-up of stars!