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WATCH: Phil Ivey Folds The Winner At The World Series Of Poker.... Again

Whoops! Ivey Folds Away Half The Pot In The $50,000 Poker Players Championship Event


Phil Ivey proved he was still one of the best poker players on earth, making a deep run in the 2019 World Series of Poker $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship event. But perhaps the legally embattled high-stakes gambler still has a bit of rust to shake off.

Ivey was seemingly in cruise control mode after the field made the money, and found himself in a three-way pot of stud eight-or-better with 11 players left in the tournament.

While at the featured table, PokerGo cameras caught Ivey holding the best and only low while facing off against John Esposito and Talal Shakerchi.

Phil Ivey: (JDiamond Suit 2Diamond Suit) 4Club Suit 7Spade Suit ADiamond Suit JSpade Suit (3Club Suit)
Talal Shakerchi: (KHeart Suit KDiamond Suit) 2Heart Suit 5Heart Suit KClub Suit8Heart Suit (QHeart Suit)
John Esposito: (2Spade Suit 10Heart Suit) 9Spade Suit 9Diamond Suit ASpade Suit 6Spade Suit (5Spade Suit)

Shakerchi was looking to fill up with his trip kings, but wound up making a king-high heart flush. That wasn’t good enough to top Esposito’s backdoor ace-high spade flush, and neither player made qualifying eight low.

Ivey’s pair of jacks were no good, but his 7-4-3-2-A low was plenty good enough to take half of the large main pot. Unfortunately for him, the ten-time WSOP bracelet winner either thought he had missed his low draw, or he believed the table was playing stud high.

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Shakerchi was eliminated in 11th place, earning $72,078. Ivey went on to finish in eighth place, banking $124,410. The eventual winner of the 74-player tournament was Phil Hui, who took home his second career bracelet and the $1,099,311 first-place prize.

This isn’t the first time that Ivey has folded the winner at the WSOP. Back in 2009 when he was making his run to the main event final table, Ivey accidentally folded what would have been a winning spade flush.

Ivey, who has more than $26 million in career tournament earnings, still sits in a tie for second-place all-time with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan behind Phil Hellmuth with 14 bracelets. This was his fourth cash this summer. Last year, he also cashed four times, finishing ninth in the Poker Players Championship.