Published on February 27th, 2008 12:01 am EST

World Poker Tour logoDay 4 of the L.A. Poker Classic has just wrapped up. Eighteen players are currently left in the field, including the likes of Phil Hellmuth Jr. and Jennifer Tilly.

The player with the biggest stack heading into the fifth day of the event is none other than Phil Ivey. Ivey had the chip lead for almost all of Day 4, and seems to be playing some extremely focused poker.

You can probably forgive Ivey if he seems really eager to win this event. Ivey has five WSOP bracelets to his name, millions in tournament cashes and is one of the most successful cash game players ever. However he has never won a WPT title, despite having made seven final tables.

Ivey has cashed in seven World Poker Tour events in his life, and has ended up making the final table every single time. That is an impressive feat, however I am sure that it is a source of frustration for Ivey. For a player as good as Ivey is to never win a WPT tournament, despite making seven final tables, is quite unusual.

Here's a recap of Ivey's previous World Poker Tour final table appearances:

May 2007 - Mirage Poker Showdown (5th place for $129k)

April 2005 - Five-Star World Poker Classic (6th place for $264k)

March 2005 - World Poker Challenge (3rd place for $164k)

September 2004 - Borgata Poker Open (6th place for 106k)

April 2003 - Five-Star World Poker Classic (3rd place for $253k)

January 2003 - World Poker Open (2nd place for 290k)

November 2002 - World Poker Finals (4th for 75k)

It's quite impressive that Ivey has final tabled seven WPT events, however you have to figure that he is a bit miffed that he has never won one.

Will this be the event for Ivey? There is a lot of poker left to be played, but with eighteen players left and possessing the chip lead, you have to figure that Ivey has a great chance of reaching his eighth WPT final table. He will face some stiff competition though, especially from Phil Hellmuth Jr. (who has also never won a WPT event) and Nam Le.

Play resumes on Wednesday afternoon. The remaining 18 players will play down to the final six.


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