Phil Ivey has previously gone on record as stating that he has Phil Hellmuth and his 13 WSOP gold bracelets in his sights.
Ivey trails the Pokerbrat by four, having won his ninth bracelet in April at the WSOP APAC at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Following that victory, Ivey said, “I’m trying to catch Phil [Hellmuth]. It’s tough. He keeps winning them.”
At 37 years of age, Ivey is a dozen years younger than Hellmuth, who just celebrated birthday no. 49 this past summer. If family genes are taken into consideration, Ivey also has that on his side as his grandmother recently blew out 91 candles on her birthday cake.
“Celebrating grandma’s 91st birthday!!,” Ivey tweeted yesterday, adding, “Wishing the best for an amazing woman.”
Ivey is currently tied with Johnny Moss for fourth place in WSOP bracelets won. Their total of nine each trail by one the ten bracelets collected by both Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. Hellmuth has some distance over his pursuers, but with a dozen years less in age and the title of best all-around poker player in the game today on his resume, Ivey has sufficient time to narrow the gap and eventually take over the crown.
Ivey has also admitted to thinking about his legacy in the game. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to think about my place in poker history and where I’m going to stand, so it is important to me to win these bracelets,” he said a few months ago.
Ivey likely will have plenty of time to do just that.