When you’re good, you’re good. As though determined to solidify (even more) his place and reputation as the best poker player alive, Phil Ivey claimed yet another World Series of Poker bracelet this week, giving him a career total of 8. This ties him with Eric Seidel for 4th on the all-time bracelet-winner list, behind poker luminaries Johnny Moss (9), Johnny Chan (10), Doyle Brunson (10), and the leader Phil Hellmuth (11).
Having won 3 bracelets (so far) over the last 1.5 World Series, Ivey is not only on pace to pass Hellmuth soon, but in just his early 30s, to obliterate the record and distance himself from everyone else. That’s saying quite a lot considering the poker players who’ve won the most WSOP hardware thus far.
Ivey’s 8th bracelet came in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, where he steamrolled a stacked and deadly final table. Among the poker pros who attempted to challenge Ivey were 2010 bracelet winner David Baker, Bill Chen, John Juanda (who has now made 4 final tables this year), and 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeffrey Lisandro.
Though he won around $330,000, Ivey was probably much happier to take home the bracelet as well as collect on the likely 6- or 7-figure bracelet bets he’s made with other high-rolling poker pros.