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Phil Ivey Wins 11th World Series of Poker Bracelet

Poker Hall of Famer Takes Down $10,000 Triple Draw Event To Break Tie With Brunson, Chan, And Seidel

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After nearly a decade without a win at the World Series of Poker, Phil Ivey broke his slump by taking the 2024 WSOP $10,000 triple draw deuce-to-seven lowball championship event for $347,440 and his 11th gold bracelet. He closed out the victory by making the best hand possible in the game: 7-5-4-3-2.

The 47-year-old Poker Hall of Fame member now has sole claim to the second-place spot on the WSOP titles leaderboard, trailing only 17-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth. Johnny Chan, Erik Seidel, and the late Doyle Brunson now sit in a three-way tie for third place with 10 bracelets each.

“Winning a World Series of Poker event is always special. I’ve been playing the WSOP for 25 years, so it’s really nice to win,” Ivey told PokerGO reporters after coming out on top.

All 11 of Ivey’s bracelets have come outside of no-limit hold’em. He won his first eight bracelets within the span of a decade (2000-2010), then added another two WSOP titles during the 2010’s. He then had to wait 3,639 days between his 10th win on June 27, 2014 before finally securing this victory.

Below is a look at Ivey’s complete list of victories at the series:

Year Tournament Top Prize
2000 WSOP $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha $195,000
2002 WSOP $2,500 Stud Eight-or-Better $118,440
2002 WSOP $2,000 S.H.O.E. $107,540
2002 WSOP $1,500 7 Card Stud $132,000
2005 WSOP $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha $635,603
2009 WSOP $2,500 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Single Draw Lowball $96,367
2009 WSOP $2,500 Omaha 8/B, Stud 8/B $220,538
2010 WSOP $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. $329,840
2013 WSOP Asia Pacific $2,200 Mixed Event $54,252
2014 WSOP $1,500 Eight Game Mix $166,986
2024 WSOP $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball $347,440

Ivey now has nearly $45.2 million in career tournament earnings to his name after this victory, good for 12th place on poker’s all-time money list. Nearly $9.7 million of Ivey’s lifetime haul were earned across his 86 cashes and 40 final-table finishes at the series.

In addition to the hardware and the money, Ivey also earned 720 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his first title and sixth final-table finish of the year. With 3,035 total points and nearly $3.7 million in to-date POY earnings, Ivey now sits in 15th place in the 2024 POY standings presented by Global Poker. He also secured 347 PokerGO Tour points, enough to move into 31st in that high-stakes-centric race.

A total of 149 entries were made in this event, creating a $1,385,700 prize pool that was paid out among the top 23 finishers. Plenty of big names made the money, including two-time bracelet winner Marco Johnson (21st), bracelet winner Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero (18th), Allen Kessler (10th), two-time bracelet winner Steve Zolotow (9th), two-time bracelet winner Justin Saliba (7th), bracelet winner Jonathan Cohen (5th), and five-time bracelet winner Benny Glaser (4th).

Jason MercierGlaser came incredibly close to successfully defending his title in this event, but ran terribly at the end to fall just a few spots short of going back-to-back. The mixed-games standout earned $104,825 for his impressive showing.

Only three players remained heading into an unscheduled fourth day of action, with bracelet winner Danny Wong leading and six-time bracelet winner Jason Mercier in second chip position.

Mercier slid towards the bottom of the chip counts towards the end of the first hour of play. He managed to double up and then force Wong off of the best hand to chip up a bit, but soon fell into the danger zone anyway. He had one more double up in him, but eventually got all-in for his last 170,000 from the button with 3-2. He was called by both Ivey and Wong. Mercier drew three while Ivey drew a whole new five card hand and Wong drew two. Wong bet with 8-6-4-3 heading into the second draw and Ivey bowed out. Mercier drew two with 7-3-2 and improved to 9-7-5-3-2. Wong paired his six and drew one again after Mercier stood pat. Wong picked up the 7Spade Suit on the end to make 8-7-6-4-3 for the knockout.

Mercier was awarded $151,412 as the third-place finisher, growing his career earnings to nearly $20.9 million. This was the 37-year-old Floridian poker pro’s 23rd WSOP final-table appearance and 77th cash at the series, with more than $5.6 million earned across those scores alone.

Heads-up play began with Wong holding a slight lead. Roughly 15 minutes into the match, Ivey won a big pot with the wheel made on the final draw, besting the 9-8-4-3-2 that Wong made on the end.

Ivey then pulled further ahead when he picked off a bluff from Wong with a pair of deuces, which were good against Wong’s paired of sixes. Wong won a healthy pot with a 7-6-5-4-2 to close the gap a bit, but then promptly lost two big pots against early patted hands for Ivey to fall well behind again.

Wong was then ground down to a single big bet. In the final hand of the tournament, Ivey raised on the button with J-J-6-4-3. Wong went all-in for 10,000 more with J-8-8-8-6. Wong drew three, making a Q-8-7-6-2. Ivey drew two and hit 7-6-5-4-3. Wong drew one and improved to 10-8-7-6-2. Ivey had paired his seven after drawing one. Wong patted and Ivey drew one. The 2Heart Suit on the end gave him the wheel for the win.

Wong earned $225,827 as the runner-up, falling just short of earning his second bracelet.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Phil Ivey $347,440 720 347
2 Danny Wong $225,827 600 226
3 Jason Mercier $151,412 480 151
4 Benny Glaser $104,825 360 105
5 Jonathan Cohen $75,015 300 75
6 Philip Sternheimer $55,553 240 56

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Photo credits: PokerGO / Enrique Malfavon.