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Phil Ivey Enters First And Only World Series Of Poker Event In 2016

10-Time Bracelet Winner Registers For Day 1C Of Main Event


Phil Ivey is back, but his super late arrival means it’s for just one poker tournament.

On Monday at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas, the poker legend returned to the World Series of Poker, an annual tournament festival that has given the 39-year-old an incredible 10 gold bracelets. However, Ivey has drastically scaled back his play at the WSOP over the past two years. This year, the main event was his first and only tournament. He hasn’t cashed at the WSOP since the 2014 main event.

Ivey was among a field of thousands of players on Monday’s day 1C. The announcement on the prize pool was expected to come late on Monday.

Ivey has cashed for nearly $1.9 million lifetime in the main event. That comes from five cashes between 2002 and 2014. He made the final table in 2009. He nearly made the final table in 2003, but a bad beat at the hands of Chris Moneymaker probably changed the course of poker history.

Ivey is still waiting for a ruling on his appeal to a court decision in the United Kingdom. Ivey was accused of cheating at a form of baccarat, and Crockfords Casino kept his money. A judge ruled in 2014 that Ivey’s winnings were invalid because the edge-sorting technique gave him an advantage over the casino. Ivey admitted to edge-sorting but has maintained that it isn’t cheating.

The New Jersey native is also embroiled in a legal battle with Atlantic City’s Borgata casino over edge-sorting. In that case, the casino paid Ivey out, but it later claimed he cheated.

Though he is still regarded as a dominant player, Ivey has fallen behind in the online high-stakes game, according to recent bracelet winner Jens Kyllönen. Ivey dropped roughly $3.7 million online in 2015, and he hasn’t played this year.