We all have that one crucial moment in life when we decide on what to do in life. That moment for Phil Ivey happened when he was at a salon with his grandfather. Among the few posts that Ivey has shared on his Instagram handle, a picture of his grandfather fondly revisits the time when he learned poker. Although stories suggest otherwise, we wish to stick with this.
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Ivey is a poker legend. Only a few poker players have smashed or made better records than this World Series of Poker champion. Often called one of the best poker players globally, Ivey is the youngest player to clinched 10 WSOP bracelets.
He won his first bracelet in the year 2000 ($2,500 Pot Limit Omaha), when he was just 23 years old. For the next one year, there was no steaming action on Ivey’s end, but in 2002, he smashed the poker felts at WSOP once again. This poker pro who broke many records took home not one, not two, but three WSOP bracelets. While the second bracelet came from the 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo game, the third one came from the $2,000 S.H.O.E. event. The fourth bracelet came when Ivey nailed the $1,500 7 Card Stud game, only to show the world his expertise in multiple poker variants.
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While 2002 was great for this American pro, the following year did not go quite well. He made it to the top three spots and also busted in the 10th position in the 2003 WSOP Main Event. Ivey cashed in 2003 and 2004 WSOP events but never grabbed a gold bracelet. In 2005 he was selected as Bluff Magazine’s Player of the Year. Ivey clinched his fifth bracelet in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event and took a pay cheque of $635,603.
All the stats in this article are updated as of 27th Feb 2022!
While gap years continued, Ivey came back much stronger in 2009. After conquering $2,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw and $2,500 Omaha Hi/Lo / 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, he collectively cashed a whopping $316,905 collectively. The number of bracelets won by Ivey kept shooting up, so did the zest to win more. Ivey crushed the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E in 2010 and took home his eighth WSOP bracelet.
The 9th bracelet came again after a gap of a few years in 2013 when Ivey amassed A$51,840 in winnings after shipping the A$2,200 Mixed Event. He got into the double-digit bracelet league in the following year. The poker pro clinched his 10th bracelet in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event.
Looking at the above list one may think—can Ivey win more WSOP bracelets? Only time will tell. From what we know of Ivey, nobody can stop this crusher! Here’s a video of Ivey talking about how he became one of the best poker players in the world:
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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