Ivey Eliminated From $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Tournament

Published on June 8th, 2019 4:44 pm EST

The view of Las Vegas from a helicopter, taken at night.  The WSOP 2019 is on.Phil Ivey showed up to the 2019 World Series of Poker yesterday, where he decided to enter himself into the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship.

There is always a question as to whether or not Ivey will play in the World Series of Poker. Things were even more in doubt this year, as the Borgata is currently chasing after Ivey in both New Jersey and Nevada for their very large judgment in the "edge sorting" affair.

Would Ivey play in a poker tournament in Nevada when the Borgata could presumably go after any of his winnings? Assuming that Ivey hasn't yet paid off the judgment, of course.

Ivey didn't seem to be bothered by any of this when he sat down in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament on Friday.

While Ivey was knocked out on the first day of play, poker fans are very happy that Ivey is in Vegas for the World Series of Poker.


Ivey is still chasing Phil Hellmuth for the World Series of Poker bracelet lead - as of this moment, Hellmuth has 15, while Phil Ivey has 10.

Assuming that Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan don't win any more bracelets, Ivey is one win away from taking over sole possession of second bracelet in the lifetime bracelet standings. Ivey is an ultra-competitive person, so there is no doubt that he wants to catch Hellmuth for the lead.

It's been five years since Ivey won his last bracelet. After winning three bracelet from 2009-2010, Ivey has gone relatively quiet.

There was his boycott of the World Series of Poker in the aftermath of "Black Friday" in 2011.

There is his love of cash games, which results in Ivey missing many World Series of Poker events.

In short - Ivey hasn't played nearly as many WSOP events as some of the other top players in the world.


One thing is for sure - a WSOP tournament has much more buzz when Phil Ivey is playing, and it is great to see that he turned out for the series.


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