After five final table finishes without a gold bracelet in last year’s WSOP, Phil Ivey is on the brink of yet another final table with a shot at his tenth WSOP championship still intact.
Event #18 saw 2,071 entrants buy-in for $1,000 to compete in No-Limit Hold’em. With 14 players remaining, Ivey sits ninth in chips in his quest to gain ground on Phil Hellmuth’s total of 13 WSOP gold bracelets.
While Ivey is considered by many to be the best all-around poker player in the game today, none of his previous WSOP championships have been won playing Hold’em. He did, however, manage to capture a No-Limit Hold’em title at the Aussie Millions in 2012 in the $250,000 Challenge that saw 16 players pony up the quarter-million dollar entry fee.
If Ivey is to secure his 10th gold bracelet today at the Rio in Las Vegas, he will have to overcome the likes of chip leader Taylor Paur, who has amassed more than 1.3 million in chips, and Alexander Barlow, who sits in second with 792,000, according to chip counts at WSOP.com. Ivey bagged 285,000 in chips when play concluded yesterday.
Meanwhile, IveyPoker.com has added three more pros to its roster. Keeping in line with previous signings, the three newest members hail from three different global locales. Cherish Andrews, Rupert Elder and Giuseppe Pantaleo are the latest additions to Ivey’s coaching and training site that has incorporated LeggoPoker into its scheme of “teaching the world to play better poker.”