The Ivey Room opens at the Aria hotel and casino

The Ivey Room opens at the Aria hotel and casino

Monday, 24 May 2010

The opening day of The Ivey Room at the Aria was marked with a million-dollar VIP freeroll over the past weekend, which is appropriate enough since million-dollar craps games and prop bets probably wouldn’t have worked as well.

"I come from nothing, and now I'm here... I never thought there would be a poker room named after me. I never thought poker would be televised... I was just a kid who had a passion for poker, and I'm very grateful for my life,” Ivey told PokerNews. “No one has any idea how much this means to me.”

Ivey, looking sharp in a checked grey jacket, cut the ribbon with some oversized scissors before play began on the tournament, which saw the nine finalists split the prize pool to $50,000 each and divvying up the other $250,000 as bounties. Chino Rheem won $100,000 for eliminating Ivey from the tournament.

Larry Litton was the man lucky – or unlucky – enough to play Ivey heads-up for $250,000 but unsurprisingly didn’t win. Funny that.

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