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Phil Ivey Still A No-Show At 2015 World Series Of Poker, Loses $340,000 Online

He Won The Largest Pot Of The Week, But Still Was In The Red


Phil Ivey, winner of 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, is not yet in Las Vegas for this summer’s festival. He’s rumored to still be in Macau, and while he has been there Ivey lost around $340,000 playing online poker over the past week, according to tracking data from HighstakesDB.

Ivey logged around 6,200 hands over the last seven days.

He was the biggest loser in the online poker world during the stretch despite winning the week’s largest pot, worth nearly $300,000. In the hand at $200-$400 no-limit hold’em, Ivey had the button and was holding the 9Spade Suit 7Diamond Suit in the deep-stacked cash game.

Ivey opened to $900, the small blind folded, and unknown account “OtB_RedBaron” three-bet to $3,640 from the big blind. Ivey made the call.

The flop fell QHeart Suit 8Heart Suit 6Club Suit, and Ivey’s opponent fired $2,300. Ivey, sitting with roughly $145,000, made the call. The 5Club Suit hit the turn, giving Ivey the nuts. OtB_RedBaron bet again, this time $10,300. Ivey decided to slow play his hand and just called.

The river was the 10Diamond Suit, and Ivey’s opponent bet $27,000. Ivey shoved for just under $132,000 in total. His opponent, who had him covered, called with the QSpade Suit QClub Suit for top set. It was a cooler, especially considering they were playing three-handed.

According to poker player and businessman Dan Fleyshman, Ivey is planning on arriving at the WSOP on June 18, but it is possible he comes sooner. Fleyshman added that Ivey is “focused on Macau.” Last month, Ivey, along with Tom Dwan and Johnny Chan, were there to promote the opening on a new poker room at the Venetian Macao.

Ivey is chasing Phil Hellmuth’s 13 WSOP bracelets. Arguably the greatest threats behind Ivey are Erik Seidel (8 bracelets) and Daniel Negreanu (6 bracelets).

While Ivey has been losing online this week, the following accounts had winning weeks at the virtual tables: “OtB_RedBaron” ($520,000), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar ($179,000), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene ($167,000) and Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro ($134,000).