Phil Ivey has difficulty keeping it together
The poker great slips up at the WSOPE, gets lucky
Phil Ivey has always been known as a stout poker player who is extremely adept at cards and not for making mistakes. He may be getting a little rusty, though, as a recent appearance at the WSOP Europe showed. In the end, he got extremely lucky, but a simple mistake almost cost him over half of his chip stack.
Ivey was participating in the WSOP Europe Super High Roller NLHE on Day 2 when he went for a blind raise before the flop. The pot was already sitting at $925,000, thanks to a $425,000 raise by Mikita Badziakouski, and Ivey reraised to $2.7 million, over half his stack, holding a J-6. Granted, they were suited, but it was still an uncharacteristically high bet, given Ivey’s position.
Badziakouski may have realized Ivey’s mistake, but his opponent wasn’t going to give anything away. He remained calm and stoic, hiding the worry that must have been screaming inside him. Not willing to take any chances, Badziakouski folded and Ivey was able to recover his chips, and then some.
It didn’t matter in the long run as Ivey would bust a little while later. Dominik Nitsche would finish as the top player of the Day, finishing with $46.5 million in chips, but he, too, later busted on Day 3. As of the last update, Chin Wein Lim had a slight lead over Christoph Vogelsang. James Chen, Cary Katz, Tony G and Ryan Riess are also still in the running for the $400,000 top prize.