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Phil Ivey Captures Fifth Triton Poker Title

The 46-Year-Old Poker Hall of Famer Took Down The 2023 Triton London $25,000 Short Deck Turbo For $280,500


On Thursday, Aug. 10, Phil Ivey became just the second player in history to have won five or more Triton Poker titles. The 46-year-old Poker Hall of Fame member took down the 2023 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London $25,000 short deck turbo event, topping a field of 33 entries in the fast-paced affair to earn $280,500.

Ivey was in a four-way tie for second place on the tour’s title leaderboard, but now stands alone thanks to this victory. Only Jason Koon, who won his ninth Triton title on the same day, has earned more trophies on the high-stakes-focused tour.

“I love the game of poker, I always have,” Ivey said to Triton commentator Ali Nejad after the victory. “I love to play. Hopefully, I’ll get a few more.”

Ivey now has nearly $40.2 million in career tournament earnings to his name. The ten-time bracelet winner became just the 12th player in the history of the game to surpass $40 million thanks to this win. As a result, he now sits in 12th place on poker’s all-time money list.

Ivey earned 336 Card Player Player of the Year points as the winner of this event. This was his second title and sixth final-table finish of the year. With 3,064 points and nearly $2.5 million in to-date POY earnings, Ivey now sits in 45th place in the 2023 POY race presented by Global Poker.

The smaller turnout for this event meant that only the top six finishers ultimately made the money. Triton co-founder Paul Phua was knocked out on the bubble, guaranteeing at least $57,800 paydays for the remaining contenders. That sum was eventually paid out to Anson Ewe, who lost a three-way all-in against Ivey and four-time triton champion Danny Tang. Ivey scooped with pocket kings to take a big lead into five-handed action.

Bracelet winner Thai Ha was the next to fall, with his AClub SuitJClub Suit unable to beat out the pocket tens of Stephen Chidwick in a preflop showdown. Ha earned $74,200 for his fifth-place showing.

Daniel Dvoress’ quest for a second Triton win fell just a bit short this time around. The Canadian poker pro ran A-9 into the A-Q suited of Ivey to finish fourth ($94,900). He now has just short of $27.7 million in career earnings.

Chidwick got his last chips in with ASpade SuitKSpade Suit facing the QClub Suit9Club Suit if Ivey. A nine on the flop gave Ivey the lead, which he maintained through the turn and river. Chidwick secured $123,800 and224 POY points for this latest podium showing. With four titles, 17 final tables, and moe than $6 million in POY earnings, Chidwick is now sitting in fifth place on the 2023 POY leaderboard.

Heads-up play began with Ivey holding roughly a 7:1 chip advantage over Tang. The final hand saw Tang’s QSpade SuitJHeart Suit swuare off against the ASpade SuitQHeart Suit of Ivey. The stronger starting hand help up and Tang was knocked out in second place ($193,800), falling just short of his fifth Triton title of the year. He moved to 16th place in the POY standings after this, his 12th qualified score of 2023.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded a the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Phil Ivey $280,500 336
2 Danny Tang $193,800 280
3 Stephen Chidwick $123,800 224
4 Daniel Dvoress $94,900 168
5 Thai Ha $74,200 140
6 Anson Ewe $57,800 112

Photo credits: Triton Poker / Nick Pope.