Phil Ivey takes huge lead at WSOPE; Viktor "Isildur1" Blom second

Phil Ivey takes huge lead at WSOPE; Viktor

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Typical – you walk downstairs from railing Mike the Mouth and find Phil Ivey scooping in a huge pot (three arm scoops worth of chips) with T-T face-up in front of him and a K-T-6-J-2 board. He has what looks like thirty 5,000 chips; fifty-odd 1,000s and more 500s/100s than any mortal man can count visually.

We’ve scraped together the details of the hand and it looks like he and James Keys got into it in a big way that saw each player move their 150,000 stacks over the betting line. The former November Niner bet 7,500 into three players. Two got out of the way but Ivey made it 18,500 to go from the small blind after checking to Keys.

Undeterred, Keys put in another raise to 41,000 and Ivey insta-4-bet to 80,000. Keys put in the rest of his stack and Ivey instantly called with T-T for middle set. It held against K-Q despite the Jc turn providing extra outs. Ivey now has a staggering 317,000 and leads the field by almost 100,000.

Oh, and guess who is in second place? Only a certain Viktor “Isildur1” Blom who has chipped up to 220,000 and change. He, Ivey and James Mitchell are so far the only players to top the 200,000 mark but Andrew Pantling and Nicolas Levi are catching up fast on about 185,000 each.

Meanwhile, Chris Ferguson has joined the list of railbirds after being eliminated with A-T versus A-A. It’s amazing how often people have been running into A-A with their last 25 big blinds today. It doesn’t bode well for Daniel Negreanu on 25,600 – he’s due a 3-bet shove running into rockets soon.

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