What’s the only thing more exciting than one of poker’s biggest “Phil”s making headlines at the LA Poker Classic? TWO of poker’s Phils making headlines at the LA Poker Classic! Both Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth made their presence felt this week at the 50-event tournament poker series held at Commerce Casino, in the series’ main event and a side event, respectively.
Phil Ivey, Bubble Boy
As reported just a couple days ago, Phil Ivey returned to U.S. poker tournament play, and has done so in a big way, but probably not as big as he would’ve liked. Though he tried to build on his recent Aussie Millions success, Ivey ended up being the bubble boy at the LA Poker Classic Main Event, finishing in 55th place at the event he won 4 years ago. In typical Phil Ivey fashion, he left the table without saying a word.
Phil Hellmuth Victorious at Last
The more vocal and fan friendly of the two Phils, “poker brat” Phil Hellmuth, was somewhat more successful at the LAPC. While he didn’t make the money in the Main Event either, he did, however, win the $2,000 buy-in 8-game mix side event. The 8-game mix consisted of no limit Hold’em, pot limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw, limit Hold’em , Omaha 8 or Better, Razz, 7-Card Stud, and 7-Card Stud 8 or Better. Out of 72 entrants, only 5 would cash, but there was an extra $25,000 up for grabs as 25 entrants had agreed to put up $1,000 apiece in a “last longer” bet. Of the 5 players who cashed, 4 were still alive in the “last longer” bet, and they agreed to chop the $25,000, with Hellmuth, the chip leader, getting the lion’s share of $10,700.
In addition to the nice “side money”, Hellmuth scored $39,000 for his win, and duly “celebrated with his fans” via his Twitter feed, where he posted the victory picture you see on the right. Though not as prestigious as a WSOP bracelet, surely Hellmuth is pleased to finally win an event instead of finish runner up.