Ivey speaks up about Brunson’s retirement
Doyle Brunson recently announced his impending retirement from poker following the completion of WSOP games this summer. When he made the announcement he was participating in what he called his "final 2-7 tournament," at which he ultimately finished in sixth place. Sitting at the table with him was poker great Phil Ivey, who was sent to the rail ahead of Texas Dolly. Following his departure, he was interviewed by PokerCentral and touched upon the retirement of one of poker’s legendary players.
Ivey said in the interview, "He’s an icon. He’s one of the best to have ever done it, especially if you look at all the years he’s been doing it for. The guy’s been doing it for a very long time at the top level, and he’s still a winning poker player. He just rolls in there and wins the money.”
Ivey and Brunson have a long history of competition at the felt, and at friendly games in Bobby’s Room. The first time the duo played against each other was the during the WPT’s first season when they both appeared at the final table of the Bellagio Five Diamond WPT Championship. Ivey would go on to finish third in the tournament, outlasting "the godfather of poker" by one place.
Of that historic tournament, Ivey said, "He was already a legend, and of course I already knew him. It was like a dream coming true, the first time I got to play with him.”