Our second 2013 Player Overview takes a look at the Tiger Woods of Poker, Phil Ivey.
Ivey is one of the most notable poker players on the planet, with his high level poker play earning him fans all over the world. However, last year was a topsy-turvy one for Ivey as he experienced both highs and lows on and off the felt throughout 2013.
Among the nine-time WSOP gold bracelet winner’s lows of the year were his major losses in online poker. Before 2013, Ivey was notable for his major success playing online, usually making millions per year playing on Full Tilt under his ‘Polarizing’ moniker.
It was a completely different story last year, however, as Ivey lost over US$2.44 million playing online poker, according to HighStakesDB. It could have been an even worse scenario had he not experienced a resurgence in the closing months of 2013, as Ivey was $3.27 million in the red in September.
Ivey also became involved in a highly-publicised court case with the prestigious London casino Crockfords after it refused to pay him over US$12 million that he won in a game of punto banco at the establishment. The casino alleged that Ivey won the money by cheating, something that Ivey has denied.
Crockfords’ refusal to pay Ivey his winnings prompted him to pursue the matter in a court of law. Ivey described the move as a “very difficult decision” but was compelled to do so as he felt there was “no alternative but to take legal action.”
Things weren’t all bad for Ivey in 2013, though, with a few things also going his way during the year. One of those was the official launch of his app, Ivey Poker, on Android and iOS, which took place in September. Ivey Poker ended the year by moving into new headquarters in Las Vegas, which has positioned it for a solid 2014.
The Tiger Woods of Poker also added another WSOP gold bracelet to his large collection after he took out the WSOP Asia Pacific’s third ever bracelet last April. Ivey beat a field of 81 entries to win the $2,200 Mixed Event, winning his first WSOP title since 2010.
Expect 2014 to be mostly good for Ivey. Despite his online poker losses in 2013, he is still a top poker player and will likely return to his winning ways. Ivey Poker will also be more established and his legal issues may be resolved by year’s end.