If needed be, Phil Ivey has once more demonstrated that he is at the top of the world of poker.
Phil Ivey won his 8th WSOP bracelet in the $3,000 HORSE event against a final table composed of other poker luminaries, including John Juanda his team mate at Full Tilt Poker who finished third.
The runner-up is Bill Chen, one of the most famous poker theoretician who earned two WSOP bracelets in the past, but not this time. He was close though, as he had the chip lead at the beginning of the heads-up confrontation with more than three times more chips than Phil Ivey. But Phil is not the type of player that will easily miss a chance to add a bracelet to his collection, and he got the best of it at the end.
Only three players have ever won more WSOP bracelets, Phil Hellmuth (11), Johnny Chan (10) and Doyle Brunson(10) (Johnny Moss won nine, but one was by vote). Phil believes that he can surpass these numbers and that he has a shot at getting thirty Gold bracelets in total during his entire career. This makes sense given that at the young age of 33 he has only been playing at the WSOP since 2000 and already has 8. Another 22 should take about 28 more years if he can keep up with the pace and he would only be 55 years old by then.
Phil Ivey is considered by many of his peers to be the best poker player in the world (maybe the best poker player of all times). There are many factors to make this judgment, so here are two.
Even before this latest victory, Phil Ivey had the record for the highest total live tournament winnings which now exceed $13,100,000.
Another of Phil’s traits is that he is highly well-rounded in poker variations, which is considered the hallmark of a great player. So he won a HORSE even which is in itself a mixed game involving five poker variations. In the past his other WSOP bracelets were in mixed game Omaha/Stud, PLO, SHOE, 2-7 Draw Lowball and 7 Card Stud. Very versatile. By contrast Phil Hellmuth has won 11 bracelets so far, but all in Texas Hold’em poker.
Phil Ivey does not need to be introduced and this recent victory is just one more step to become a poker god.