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Phil Ivey Takes Home the Monte Carlo Million

His Chip Lead Was Just Too Much at the Final Table

Phil Ivey took his massive chip lead into the final table at the Monte Carlo Millions and rode it to a victory, earning $1 million.

Ivey began the final table with $2.3 million in chips and his closest competitor, Richard Herbert, had $908,000. Paul Jackson ($809,000), Marc Goodwin ($681,000), Bengt Sonnert ($582,000), Kenna James ($310,000), and John
Juanda ($160,000) rounded out the final table.

Right before the final table started, Juanda took the last seat by winning a second-chance single-table tournament, beating Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot, Ken Lennaard, Johan Storakers, Victor Ramdin, and Jesse Jones for a chance at the million dollars.

But Ivey's chip lead was simply too much to handle. Juanda did manage to move up one place, finishing sixth and earning $125,000. The rest of the field and what they won follows: second, Paul Jackson $600,000; third, Marc Goodwin, $300,000; fourth, Bengt Sonnert, $250,000; fifth, Richard Herbert, $175,000; and seventh, Kenna James, $53,000.

The buy-in for the event was $25,000 attracting 112 players. It was the first poker tournament to take place at the Casino de Monte-Carlo.