Posts Tagged ‘WSOP’

Phil Ivey wins 8th bracelet

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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.

November Nine decided

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

The WSOP 2010 version is finally completed except for the final table of the main event that takes place in November since 2008, adding to the buzz.

This is a way to keep the momentum going with tournament passion even after the WSOP is over, as fans will have to wait another four months before knowing who the new World Champion is. They will have time to learn about the nine contestants who made it to the final table. As most of them are unknown to the public, this is a good way to show that anyone can make it and possibly win millions.

Certainly a good marketing idea for the world or poker, reminiscent of what they did with the Olympics Games. They used to occur every four years but they realized that the Winter Games seemed overshadowed by the Summer games, wasting many marketing dollars. So now there is an event every two years, alternating Summer and Winter Games. This way people get more interested in such events instead of having an overdose of it every 4 years.

So we have 4 months to learn about the lucky November Nine, and bookmakers have already started the betting. Odds follow roughly chip stacks as there is not much else to rely on, except if there is a pro. Last year the great name who made it to the final table was Phil Ivey. This year only one pro made it, it is Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi.

What is truly amazing is that Michael has already won a bracelet at the WSOP 2010, winning the prestigious $50,000 ‘The Poker Player’s Championship’ for a massive prize of $1,559,046. This event is considered almost as (for some more) prestigious as the main event. It used to be based on HORSE but has been widened to an 8-game format. This determines a truly well rounded poker champ, and this is why some think the winner is the true champion as the main event is in the more specialized no-limit Texas Hold’em variation.

If Micheal were to win the main event, this would be an unprecedented achievement. Mizrachi is 7th in stack but all is possible. After all Joe Cada was also 7th in stack last year. And Micheal is no joke, as he also has two WPT bracelets under his belt.

Good luck to all the November Nine.