Phil Ivey Makes Debut at 2012 World Series of Poker
Eight-Time Bracelet Winner Enters First WSOP Event Since 2010
Phil Ivey, widely considered poker’s best all-around player, has made his debut at the 2012 World Series of Poker. The eight-time bracelet winner hasn’t played in a Series event since 2010, after deciding to sit out last year in the wake of Black Friday.
Ivey took a seat Monday, around 1:30 p.m. local time in Las Vegas, in the first open buy-in event of the summer — a $1,500 no-limit hold’em.
Controversy surrounded Ivey last summer as the poker community was dealing with the shutdown of Full Tilt Poker, the site he once endorsed. While some of Ivey’s former counterparts at the company have been accused of defrauding poker players out of more than $400 million, Ivey has never been accused of any financial misconduct.
The 36-year-old from New Jersey returned to major tournaments in late November, traveling overseas to play in Macau. Ivey recaptured his winning ways in January this year by scooping $2,130,200 in the Aussie Millions $250,000 buy-in event. As a result, he sits in second place on the all-time tournament money list with about $15.7 million.
He returned to tournaments on U.S. soil in February by registering for the L.A. Poker Classic.
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