Phil Ivey wins eighth WSOP bracelet in Event #37, $3k HORSE

Phil Ivey wins eighth WSOP bracelet in Event #37, $3k HORSE

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

After playing through a 478-strong field, Phil Ivey has defeated Bill Chen heads-up to claim his eighth WSOP bracelet and, in all likelihood, several million dollars in side bet action. Ivey got heads-up against Chen after defeating a final table that included Jeff Lisandro and John Juanda, but no one was surprised – as we say, it was inevitable.

So inevitable, in fact, that that paragraph was typed before the heads-up match was concluded. Still, no US Presidential Election-style misprints for us though as Ivey came through to score his first bracelet of 2010.
Ivey steadily chipped up throughout the one-on-one match but Chen couldn’t hope to fight back until the betting limits got so huge that any pot changed the chip lead. Eventually Ivey ground him down to just a few big bets and the final hand went down during Razz.

It was a massive cooler – as Razz goes – with each player being dealt three to a wheel and picking up a strong low. Ivey’s 6-5 low had Chen’s 7-6 low however and when the Great One caught a 4 on the river to make a wheel that was the tournament over in a decisive fashion.

Ivey wins $329,840 for his eighth WSOP bracelet that puts him on par with Erik Seidel. This also takes him over the $13,000,000 mark in live tournament earnings.

The final table payouts were as follows:

1.Phil Ivey - $329,840
2.Bill Chen - $203,802
3.John Juanda - $129,553
4.Kenneth Aldridge - $93,418
5.Jeff Lisandro - $68,417
6.David Baker - $50,871
7.Albert Hahn - $38,391
8.Chad Brown - $29,405
9.Ryan Hughes - $22,849

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