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World Series of Poker -- Day 1 of Event No. 35 ($10,000 Heads-Up Championship)

Phil Ivey Advances to Round Three


Phil IveyPhil Ivey multi-tabled at the World Series of Poker yesterday.

Over the course of the day on Friday at the Rio, the seven-time bracelet winner had chips in three different tournaments: event No. 32 ($5,000 no-limit hold’em six handed), event No. 33 ($2,500 pot-limit hold’em/ pot-limit Omaha) and event No. 35 ($10,000 no-limit hold’em heads-up championship).

The timetable of the heads-up championship catered to the poker legend’s busy schedule. The first round began at 5 p.m. and the second round was booked for five hours later.

Ivey entered his first round contest against Michael Mizrachi while his chip stack in the $5,000 six-handed event was nearing the money bubble.

It didn’t take long for Ivey to return to his seat in the short-handed tournament.

On the second hand of play in the $10,000 heads-up championship, with the blinds 100-200, Mizrachi opened and Ivey three-bet. Mizrachi four-bet and Ivey five-bet shoved. Mizrachi made the call and exposed the 9Spade Suit 9Heart Suit. He was in a coin-flip situation against the ADiamond Suit JHeart Suit of Ivey. The board ran out QDiamond Suit 8Heart Suit 2Spade Suit 8Spade Suit AClub Suit, giving Ivey the hand on the river. Mizrachi was gone and Ivey quickly ran back over to the short-handed event.

Even though he eventually busted short of the money in event No. 32, he still had a chip stack that was being blinded off in the $2,500 pot-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha tournament.

Victor RamdinWhen the second round of the heads-up event began, Ivey was able to stay nearby in the Amazon room and battle Victor Ramdin.

Ivey eventually disposed of Ramdin and was on to day two of the championship with 63 other players.

Picking up where he left off in event No. 33 will be easy for Ivey. At the end of day two in the event, he sits in ninth chip-position with 15 left.

Aside from Ivey’s multi-tabling success on Friday, the heads-up championship witnessed a plethora of big names come out for the chance at a bracelet and $625,682

One of the more interesting hands of the day occurred during a round-two match between Phil Gordon and Ben Sulsky.

On a board of 8-8-5-A-2, Sulsky bet 20,000 into Gordon on the button. With a large pot laying on the felt, Gordon tanked before finally calling with the KDiamond Suit 10Heart Suit for just king-high. Benjamin tabled the 9Heart Suit 2Club Suit and threw his hand into the muck, thinking that he lost when his bluff was called, and saying “nice hand” to Gordon. Gordon also thought his K-10 was the best hand and started raking in the chips. The dealer then informed both players that Sulsky had rivered a pair of deuces and that Gordon’s king-high was not the best hand. Both Sulsky and Gordon were surprised, especially Gordon who was visibly frustrated by the situation.

Leo WolpertHowever, Gordon was able to overcome the misstep and advanced to face Brock Parker in round three.

Defending champion Leo Wolpert made it to round two. However, he was short on chips when his pocket sevens were all in preflop versus the K-2 of Martin Kabrhel. The sevens didn’t hold and Wolpert was sent to the rail.

Below are the pairings for Saturday:
Note: Bracelets winners in bold

Jason Somerville vs. Tobias Reinkenmeier
Julian Herold vs. Craig Bergeron
Martin Kabrhel vs. Fabrizio Baldassari
Alexander Benovski vs. Darren Woods
Gavin Smith vs. Gabe Kaplan
Josh Arieh vs. Maxim Lykov
Ashton Griffin vs. Anton Kozlovskiy
Phil Ivey vs. Kido Pham
Andrew Feldman vs. Nicholas Rampone
Michael Leah vs. Faraz Jaka
Steven Gross vs. Amritraj Singh
Brock Parker vs. Phil Gordon
Brian Rast vs. Aaron Been
Antonio Esfandiari vs. Owen Crowe
Ayaz Mahmood vs. James Collopy
Alioscia Oliva vs. Kevin Saul
Sorel Mizzi vs. Matthew Waxman
Chris Moorman vs. Vladimir Schmelev
Jeremy Coon vs. Alexander Kostritsyn
Keith Block vs. Scott Baumstein
Scott Clements vs. Robbie Verspui
Bertrand Grospellier vs. Andrew Rosskamm
Ryan Fee vs. Timothy Adams
Jordan Morgan vs. Ludovic Lacay
Ernst Schmejkal vs. Juan Ramirez
David Williams vs. Christopher Moore
Alexander Kravchenko vs. Jonathan Little
Sam Stein vs. Emil Patel
Vanessa Rousso vs. Terrence Chan
Dee Tiller vs. Melanie Weisner
Eric Cloutier vs. Vivek Rajkumar
Johan Sundell vs. Michael Glasser

CardPlayer TV caught some of the highlights from day one of event No. 35.

The next round will begin at 3 p.m PT Saturday. Stay tuned to Card Player for action from the Rio!