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World Series of Poker -- Phil Ivey Wins Eighth Bracelet in Event No. 34

Ivey Reigns Supreme at Star-Studded Final Table


Phil IveyPhil Ivey just doesn’t stop impressing the poker community.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Phil Ivey continued to cement his reputation as the greatest player in the world by winning his eighth career WSOP bracelet in event no. 37, the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. Ivey will take home $329,840 for his victory, but will take much more than that from various high-stakes pros who made bracelet bets with him.

This was easily the toughest final table of the 2010 World Series of Poker as the final eight players were jam packed with top-flight professionals. Chad Brown, David Baker, Bill Chen, John Juanda, and Jeffrey Lisandro accompanied Ivey at the final table , making Ivey’s victory, all that more impressive.

Ivey entered the final table as the chip leader, but took some hits early on to drop him back into the middle of the pack. He was able to tread water and survive until it was three handed with Chen and Juanda. Chen looked like he was going to run away with the tournament since he had 75% of the chips in play at that point.

Ivey, however, was able to knock off Juanda and go heads-up with Chen with just a 3-1 chip advantage. The heads-up battle was intense and Ivey was able to pull back to even within the first hour of heads-up play. Once he reached that threshold, it seemed like the momentum had completely changed and all the pots seemed to be pushed towards Ivey.

Ivey finished off Chen in a cold-deck of a razz hand, where they got all the money in on fifth street with both players having already made a very strong low. Ivey had made a six-low to beat Chen’s seven-low, and Ivey even rivered a wheel to end the tournament in style.

With his eighth bracelet, Ivey moves up the ranks on the all-time bracelet leaderboard. He moves into a tie with Erik Seidel, and is only behind the likes of Johnny Moss (9 bracelets), Doyle Brunson (10 bracelets), Johnny Chan (10 bracelets), and Phil Hellmuth (11 bracelets).

Bill Chen finished just shy of his third career bracelet, and this was Juanda’s fourth final table of this year’s series, falling short in his bid for his fifth career bracelet.

Here are the final table results:

1. Phil Ivey – $329,840
2. Bill Chen – $203,802
3. John Juanda – $129,553
4. Ken Aldridge – $93,418
5. Jeffrey Lisandro – $68,417
6. David Baker – $50,871
7. Albert Hahn – $38,391
8. Chad Brown – $29,406

Here are the elimination hands as seen on’s live updates.

PlayerNameChad Brown Eliminated in Eighth Place ($29,046)


Chad Brown raised from the cutoff and was called by Bill Chen in the big blind.

The flop came 5Club Suit10Heart Suit4Spade Suit and both players checked. The turn the 2Heart Suit and Chen led out and Brown raised all-in and was called by Chen.

Both players were drawing when brown showed the JHeart Suit9Heart Suit and Chen showed the 7Spade Suit6Club Suit. Brown had the best hand with jack-high, but the 6Diamond Suit came on the river and Brown was the first casualty of the official final table.

Albert Hahn Eliminated in Seventh Place ($38,391)


Phil Ivey raised and Albert Hahn three-bet all-in preflop. Jeffrey Lisandro and Ivey made the call and the three saw the ADiamond Suit2Spade SuitSpade Suit5Spade Suit flop.

Lisandro checked, Ivey bet and Lisandro called. The turn was the 8Diamond Suit and the river was the QClub Suit, which Ivey and Lisandro checked down.

Lisandro showed AClub Suit4Diamond Suit8Spade Suit8Club Suit and Ivey showed KDiamond SuitKSpade Suit4Spade Suit7Club Suit to chop the main and side pot between each other. Hahn couldn’t beat either hand and was eliminated in seventh.

David BakerDavid Baker Eliminated in Sixth Place ($50,871)


John Juanda raised and David Baker made it three bets. Phil Ivey then opted to make it four bets. Juanda called and Baker called off the last off his chips.

The flop came QClub Suit9Heart Suit6Diamond Suit and Ivey bet and was called by Juanda. The turn was the 9Club Suit and Ivey fired another bullet and Juanda tossed his hand into the muck.

Ivey showed AClub SuitQClub SuitKHeart Suit2Spade Suit and Baker showed ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit6Heart Suit5Diamond Suit.

The JClub Suit fell on the river and Ivey scooped the pot to send Baker home.

Jeffrey LisandroJeffrey Lisandro Eliminated in Fifth Place ($68,417)


Jeffrey Lisandro was crippled in a stud hand with Ken Aldridge when Lisandro made a straight against Aldridge’s full house, which left him with just a few chips. This hand came shortly after.

Lisandro was all-in on third street against Ken Aldridge. Their boards ran out like this.

Lisandro: (5Diamond Suit-5Heart Suit)-6Club SuitClub Suit-JDiamond Suit-QHeart Suit-4Heart Suit/KHeart Suit
Aldridge: (8Club Suit8Spade Suit)-JClub Suit-KDiamond Suit-3Heart Suit-QClub Suit/4Diamond Suit

Both players started with a pair, but neither improved, meaning that Aldridge’s eights bested Lisandro’s fives, sending Lisandro home in fifth.

Ken AldridgeKen Aldridge Eliminated in Fourth Place ($93,418)


Ken Aldridge limped in on the button, John Juanda called in the small blind and Phil Ivey checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came 10Diamond SuitJHeart Suit2Heart Suit and Juanda checked to Ivey, who bet and was raised by Aldridge. Juanda folded and Ivey called. The 8Diamond Suit fell on the turn and Aldridge got the rest of his chips in against Ivey.

Aldridge showed the JDiamond SuitQHeart Suit3Club Suit2Club Suit, giving him jacks and deuces, and Ivey showed JSpade Suit9Club Suit6Spade Suit8Heart Suit, giving him jacks and eights.

Neither player had a low draw and the 8Club Suit gave Ivey a full house and the pot, sending Aldridge home in third.

John JuandaJuanda Eliminated in Third Place ($129,553)


Ivey: (2Spade Suit-8Club Suit)-2Diamond Suit-4Heart Suit-8Heart Suit-10Diamond Suit/2Heart Suit
Juanda: (JHeart Suit-QSpade Suit)-3Diamond Suit-AClub Suit-7Diamond Suit-3Heart Suit/ASpade Suit

John Juanda completed on third and was raised by Phil Ivey who brought it in. Juanda called and check-raised fourth street. Ivey called the raise on fourth street and the rest of the money got in on fifth street.

“You got anything?” Juanda asked.

“Two pair,” replied Ivey.

Juanda let out an expletive as he showed his ace-high. Juanda ran two pair, aces-up, but Ivey filled up and it didn’t matter. Ivey now will go heads-up with Bill Chen for the bracelet.

Bill ChenBill Chen Eliminated in Second Place ($203,802), Phil Ivey Wins Event No. 37 ($329,840)


Bill Chen brought it in with a deuce and Ivey completed with an ace. Chen raised and Ivey re-raised and Ivey called.

Both players caught small cards on fourth and Ivey bet and Chen called. On fifth their boards looked like this.

Chen: (X-X)-2-7-6
Ivey: (X-X)-A-6-2

On fifth street, Ivey bet, Chen raised, and Ivey three-bet, allowing Chen to get the last of his chips in the middle.

Chen showed A-5 in the hole, for a made 7-6 low and Ivey had 3-5 in the hole, for a made 6-5 low. Chen was looking for a 3 to chop, which he never found, and Ivey improved to the wheel on the river, giving him the pot, the bracelet, and $329,840 to go with it.

Chen will take home $203,802 for his second place finish.



almost 11 years ago

Congrats Phil!


almost 11 years ago

in 10 years ivey will have the most bracelets out of anyone i will bet any takers ? lol


almost 11 years ago

Way to go Phil!


almost 11 years ago

Can someone figure out the avg. field size that everyone with 8+ bracelets has beaten? I'll bet that the avg. field size that Ivey has beaten is close to double the others.


almost 11 years ago

Wow! what a tourney ......Hellmuth's lil b*tch *ss better start winning cause i can def. see ivey passing him within 5 years...What do you guys say Over or Under 4.5 years!


almost 11 years ago

@kmantic: A little bit of database searching gave the following average field size beaten for eveyone with 8+ bracelets. I couldn't find all 9 of Johnny Moss's WSOP wins in the Cardplayer database, but the field sizes were so small back then, I'm not sure a 9th figure would throw off his average.

To the nearest whole number, from greatest to least:

Phil Hellmuth: 488
Erik Seidel: 298
Phil Ivey: 220
Johnny Chan: 174
Doyle Brunson: 97
Jonny Moss: 50

Of course, Johnny Moss can't help it: there simply weren't monster fields back then.

Only two have beaten fields in excess of 1000 for a bracelet: Seidel (1403) and Hellmuth (2628). If you remove these outliers from their averages, you get Seidel betaing an average of 140, and Hellmuth beating an average of 275. So Hellmuth beats Ivey. Ivey would have to win another bracelet in a field of 2640 of higher to surpass Hellmuth's average.

Shocking? Not really. Ivey's bracelets are all in non-Hold'em events. That's where the monster fields are these days.

I'd consider Ivey the best non-Hold'em player of the WSOP, and Hellmuth the best Hold'em player of the WSOP. The two should go heads up Hold'em, then heads up 8-game.


almost 11 years ago

And yes, Ivey WILL become the bracelet leader. Until Hellmuth can bracelet a non-Hold'em event, there's nothing he can do about it!


almost 11 years ago

That's the sound of footsteps Mr. Hellmuth, and they are getting louder and louder each year. WTG Ivey. "just sayin"


almost 11 years ago

Great research CChappa. Amazing what Ivey does. He gets into a razz event last year since the field is small and he isnt an expert in razz but is better than most and takes it down for a bracelet. When you look for an all around poker player, Phil Ivey should be tops. He can enter any poker event and be a force. Very nice job and I cannot wait until the other Phil has to pick up his non no limit games to try to put more space in between him and Ivey.


almost 11 years ago

I would say it's unbelievable, but with Ivey, it's just the opposite. I'm a believer.


almost 11 years ago

guys a mutant...just so far ahead of poker evolution.


almost 11 years ago

No WONDER I couldn't find all nine of Johnny Moss's bracelets, as indicated by the author: he only won eight. Nice researching into your article, Mr. Author Man. Maybe CP should hire ME and send me to next year's WSOP to do some reporting instead...