Phil Ivey fans have noticed that their hero has recorded only a modest $5,030 cash for 22nd place in a PLO event at the 2014 WSOP to date, but his hand-picked Team Ivey pros have earned over $1 million.
The Ivey Leaguers who have been performing well at the WSOP include Dan Smith, Mike Leah, Andrew Lichtenberger, Dan Shak, David Peters, Aaron Jones and Alex Bolotin. The latter scored his first WSOP title in a $1,500 NL Hold’em Shootout for a $259,211 payday. Bolotin cashed in one other event, a 12th place finish in another NLHE Shootout a few days after his victory in Event #5.
Smith has landed at two final tables thus far. Ninth place in $1,500 NL Hold’em was good for $28,986, while finishing sixth in 8-Handed $5,000 NLHE earned him $95,515. Two other modest cashes in Pot Limit Omaha and Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball are making this a summer to remember for Smith.
While Smith finished 21st in the Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event, his teammate Leah managed to land ten places higher in 11th for $6,586. Leah most recently finished in-the-money in another 2-7 Draw Lowball tourney, a $1,500 No Limit affair where he earned $2,837 for 22nd place, the Hendon Mob database reported. Leah’s other cash at the 45th WSOP thus far was seventh place in $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo for $31,115.
Lichtenberger is second in money earned among the Ivey Pros this summer with his biggest score a third place prize of $242,827 in $5,000 No Limit Hold’em – Six Handed. “LuckyChewy” has three other cashes to his name at the Rio in NLHE events in 2014, winning more than $19,000 combined.
Shak just missed the final table in $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em, earning $30,516 in the process. Unfortunately, those profits are now gone as the “amateur” was one of the earliest players eliminated in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. But with a $1,178,980 score for second place in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PCA in January, $50k is chump change for the “Shak attack.”
Peters has made five trips to the cashier’s cage thus far, the most among Ivey’s pro team with almost two dozen events yet to be played. Four in-the-money finishes in NLHE and one in Pot Limit Hold’em were good for more than $51,000 for Peters, minus the total buy-ins of $10,000 for the five events.
Last but not least is Jones, who cashed four times and is one of three Team Ivey stars to reach that many paydays at the WSOP this summer. His deepest run among the four was eighth place in Event #2, $25,000 No Limit Hold’em – Mixed Max. The LeggoPoker founder took home $112,752 for that effort and more than $130,000 in all his 2014 WSOP cashes combined.
All eyes are now on Ivey as he finally broke away from the lucrative cash game action to enter the $50k Poker Players Championship. The legend is aiming for WSOP title no. 10 and to do his part in adding to the running total of money won by the Ivey Pro Team.