Phil Ivey back in the game at WSOP high-roller
The poker pro takes the lead at the Poker Players Championship
Phil Ivey may have run into trouble due to his baccarat action, but he isn’t letting the bad press get him down. He’s in Las Vegas for the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship, taking on a number of poker greats, and is showing that he still has his skills at Texas Hold ’em. He currently leads the remaining pack after taking down John Hennigan for a huge win. Ivey became the first player to be above the three-million chip mark in the tournament and has since blown that mark through the roof.
Ivey and Hennigan mixed it up, with the latter betting aggressively as he looked to score an easy win against his opponent. He should have known that winning against Ivey is never an easy task and that Ivey doesn’t roll over just because the pressure’s on. Ivey would win the hand in his typically calm fashion, and Hennigan was sent home shortly after when his last 80,000 chips weren’t enough to launch a comeback.
After that hand, Ivey was sitting on a little more than three million chips, but he wasn’t done yet. He has since continued his strong performance, pushing his stack up to 4,775,000. He is still in the lead, almost 775,000 chips above Josh Arieh and with almost double the chips held by Shaun Deeb. The fight isn’t over yet, and Ivey will still need to play tough if he’s going to take the top prize of almost $1.1 million. 12 players remain, with Dan Cates hanging onto a stack of 319,000 and David Oppenheim sitting nicely with 2,108,000.