Phil Ivey beat 485 players winning the WSOP Event 50 $1,500 8-Game Mix to pick up $167,332 and way more importantly his 10th WSOP bracelet, however that dollar amount is said to be nothing compared to what he’ll picking up in winning bets made with fellow players as to when he’d be winning that 10th piece of silverware. The win puts Ivey level with the legendary Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan on the 10 bracelet mark with only Phil Hellmuth ahead of them on 14 and it also turns things around for Ivey who had not been having the best of times in Vegas. The final day in this event started with just 14 players and pretty quickly, during level 1 of play 3 players were eliminated, and not long after that it was Ivey’s pal Daniel Negreanu who fell in 9th spot.
Ivey lead most of the way, only once in the first few hours of play losing the chip lead, and that was briefly to Aaron Steury, and by the time we were down to 4 players Ivey held a good 2 to 1 chip lead over the second placed player. It was left to Bruce Yamron to make a serious challenge, and he did so, massively building his stack to over 1 million in chips and at one stage doubled Ivey’s total, but Ivey came back and as the pair went into heads up play it was even running with the lead changing hands regularly. Ivey dug in and eventually Yamron’s Aces and 7’s were busted by Ivey’s Aces and Kings and it was all over as Ivey made a little WSOP history and his pals were made to pay up.