Phil Ivey showed what a classy and aggressive player he is at the World Series of Poker with his second victory this year, bringing his personal gold bracelet count to seven by taking down Event 25 – the $2 500 buy-in Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight or Better.
The win and bracelet is the second at this year's WSOP for Ivey, who last week won the $2 500 buy-in 2-7 Draw Lowball No Limit. It is also the second time the 33-year-old international poker star has taken home bracelets for a single WSOP – in 2005 he achieved three bracelets.
With career tournament winnings approaching $7 million, 8 major tourney wins and 43 cashes, the Atlantic City pro can position himself among the game's top players. And that's not counting his frequent and lucrative forays into the Internet big money tables at Full Tilt Poker.
In his latest triumph, Ivey was the last man standing from a starting field of 376 players that included experienced players like Jeff Lisandro, Dutch Boyd, Jerry Buss, Carlos Mortensen, Katja Thater, Brock Parker, Eli Elezra, Jennifer Harman, Scott Clements, Thomas Bihl, Mel Judah, Chad Brown, Jon "PearlJammer" Turner and Erick Lindgren.
After three tough days the final table looked like this, with Jon Turner holding the chip lead and Carlos Mortensen and Ming Lee not far behind. Ivey was the low man in chip stacks, but wasted no time in rectifying that.
Seat 1: Eric Buchman – 236,000 Seat 2: Dutch Boyd – 419,000 Seat 3: Tom Koral – 155,000 Seat 4: Carlos Mortensen – 482,000 Seat 5: Peter Gelencser – 219,000 Seat 6: Phil Ivey – 217,000 Seat 7: Ming Lee – 466,000 Seat 8: Jon Turner – 607,000
Despite his strong position going into the final table, Mortenson was eventually taken out in the third spot, worth $89 342, leaving the final battle to Phil Ivey and Ming Lee, with the former holding the lead. Ming Lee put up a good fight in the short heads up, at one time even taking the chip lead over, but Ivey prevailed to achieve his seventh bracelet and the main prize of $220 538.
The win puts Ivey in the fourth level of players who have won seven bracelets, positioning him alongside greats like Billy Baxter….and with this year's World Series of Poker only half completed, who knows what the poker wizard from Atlantic City will achieve over the coming days?
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