Phil Ivey Bio

That Makes Seven

It has been about four years since Phil Ivey won his fifth WSOP bracelet. Four years is a long time, too long for the game’s best player. But Ivey is focused this year, ready to reclaim his rightful spot atop poker’s pedestal.

It is June, 2009.

Phil is heads up at the final table of WSOP Event #8 against John Monnette. The game is No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball. Although the stakes are high, Ivey isn’t worried about the prize money. He only has one thing on his mind: win the bracelet.

Ivey steamrolls Monnette coming out of the gates. But Monnette has no desire to roll over and play dead; he’s going to put up a fight. Soon enough, Ivey is the one holding a short-stack, fighting for his tournament life.

He doubles up once, then again. Suddenly, Monnette is all in and shows a pair of sevens; Ivey shows a 7-low to win the tournament and claim bracelet number six.

Ten days later, he’s at it again. This time it’s the final table of Event #25, an Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo tournament. With four players left, Phil has more than half the chips in play.

It’s all over.

Bracelet number seven is in the books. Suddenly, the halls at the Rio begin filling with chatter about Ivey. Yes, he’s the best all-around player in the world. But is he the greatest of all time?

A definitive answer would be soon coming.

The November Nine