Phil Ivey Arrives in Search of 11th World Series of Poker Bracelet

Published on June 3rd, 2018 11:51 am EST

The Rio Hotel Las Vegas - Frog eye view - Home of the 2018 World Series of Poker tournament.Phil Ivey is back.

Earlier this weekend, Phil Ivey officially sat down for his first World Series of Poker event since the 2016 main event.

The event of choice for Ivey? Event #5, which was the $100,000 No Limit Hold'em High Roller event. Things did not go well for Ivey, as he was eliminated a number of spots from the money by Stephen Chidwick.


Ivey showed up at the Triton Poker series in Montenegro earlier this spring, winning one event and taking third in another.

Ivey was asked about his plans for the summer at the time, and he stated that he wanted to play more tournaments and would likely be travelling to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, barring any last minute change of plans.


Ivey was completely absent from the World Series of Poker last summer, and the year before that he only played in one event - the $10,000 main event.

In fact, Ivey's appearances at the World Series of Poker have been sporadic since "Black Friday" took place in 2011. He ended up boycotting the 2011 World Series of Poker, and his ongoing legal tangles involving Crockfords and the Borgata likely resulted in him missing almost two straight years of WSOP events in 2016 and 2017.

Ivey is a competitive person and there is no doubt that he has his sights set on catching Phil Hellmuth on the all-time bracelet list. As of this moment, Ivey has 10 WSOP bracelets, which puts him in a three-way tie with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan. Phil Hellmuth currently sits at the top of the list with a total of 14 bracelets, though Hellmuth is a full 12 years older than Ivey.


With Ivey showing up so early in the summer, there certainly seems to be a great chance that he will play in all of the higher buy-in events, which is obviously great for the game of poker.


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