Phil Ivey Wins Historic WSOP Bracelet Number Nine

Phil Ivey wrote yet another chapter in the poker history book as he won WSOP APAC event #3 and much more importantly his WSOP bracelet number 9. The win ties him with poker legend Johnny Moss in the record books. It was in fact a final table made in heaven with Ivey and Negreanu in starring roles, however Kid Poker went out in 4th place and left it to Ivey to take home the number 1 spot. It all happened at the Crown Casino Melbourne in event number 3 at the Asia Pacific event, the first of its kind and this was only the second bracelet to be handed out in the country of Australia. The $2,200 mixed event paid Ivey a first place of $51,840, however the dollar figure will be the last thing that Ivey was thinking about when he took to the final table. The win puts Ivey tied up in 4th place on the bracelets list behing Hellmuth on 13 and Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan with 10 each. An interesting fact is that not one of Ivey's bracelets has been won in a Texas Holdem event. It was Ivey who led going into the final day, just ahead of Daniel Negreanu, however Brandon Wong set the early pace by eliminating Kevin Song for 6th place and building his stack nicely. It was Wong who did the damage again sending Campbell out in 5th during a seven card hi/lo round and it wasn't long before the heads up match that everyone wanted to see became nothing but a dream when Negreanu headed for the rails in 4th spot, again Wong doing the job. Negreanu is a little short on WSOP wins lately with his last coming back in 2008 and he has one last shot to amend that, in the Main Event to be played here later this week. Putt went out in 3rd place leaving a heads up match between the on fire Wong and Ivey himself. The chip lead went too and fro for some time with neither player being able to make headway and after a hard fought two hours it all came to an end. It was during the triple draw Lowball round that Ivey won, having ground Wong down with a few large wins, and that was that. Here's how they finished.....

  1. Phil Ivey $51,840
  2. Brandon Wong $32,039
  3. Graeme "Kiwi G" Putt $22,427
  4. Daniel Negreanu $16,336
  5. Rob Campbell $12,020
  6. Kevin Song $8,978