Phil Ivey Making Deep Run at LA Poker Classic

Published on February 27th, 2012 3:20 am EST

L.A. Poker Classic logoSince ending his self-imposed exile from the poker tournament circuit at the APPT Macau in November of last year, Phil Ivey has been on quite a run.

He broke a 13 month drought when he cashed in the 2012 Aussie Millions main event for $102,947 USD. After busting out of the main event, Ivey immediately walked over and registered for the $250,000 Super High Roller, which he ended up taking down for over $2 million.

Thanks to his $2 million plus in tournament cashes so far this year, Ivey has leapfrogged Daniel Negreanu to take over the #2 spot on the all-time money list, and now has Erik Seidel squarely in his sights (Seidel currently has approximately $16.9 million in lifetime tournament cashes, while Ivey has a little over $16 million).

Ivey's hot streak has spilled over into the LA Poker Classic, as he is currently still in the event as Day 3 nears completion.

As of this second, 57 of the original 549 players are still alive in the tournament. One of those players is Ivey, who currently sits with a below-average stack of around 235k (the average is around 290k). Ivey had one of the tournament's shortest stacks a few hours ago, but has since been able to rebuild his stack.

Ivey's first and only World Poker Tour title came in the 2008 L.A. Poker Classic, so it certainly wasn't a surprise when he turned out for this year's event.


The top 54 spots pay out at this year's LAPC, with the winner taking home $1,370,240.

Edit: Ivey was just eliminated on the bubble.


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