Phil Ivey Wins 10th Bracelet in $1,500 8-Game Mix

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Phil Ivey ties Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan on the all-time bracelet list. (Drew Amato Photo)

History was made at the 2014 World Series of Poker as Phil Ivey tied Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan on the all-time bracelet list. Ivey won his 10th bracelet after taking down the $1,500 8-game mix on Friday night.

“It’s number 10. That’s a good number,” joked Ivey when asked why the tenth bracelet was special.

Ivey topped a field of 485 players to take home $162,332 along with his history making 10th bracelet. The bracelet is worth much more than that though thanks to the side bets that have been made against him and Daniel Negreanu winning a bracelet. The 10th bracelet is rumored to have made him over $350,000.

“You know me and Daniel made a bet at the beginning of the World Series,” said Ivey. “It’s a pretty public bet which is why I’m talking about it that either me or him were going to win [a bracelet] and we took even money. He had a couple opportunities late and I had almost no opportunities.”

“Me and him were down here pretty deep in this tournament and this is a very good opportunity. The tournaments are dying down and there aren’t many left. I knew I had to get this one or it was going to be pretty tough from here.”

Ivey now trails only Phil Hellmuth on the all-time bracelet list. He would need to win another three bracelets in order to tie the poker brat atop the list. Ivey doesn’t rule out the possibility of tying and breaking that record as well.

“It’s possible. We just have to see how it goes,” said Ivey. “I just have to keep playing at this pace. I have to keep playing a lot of tournaments. I know he plays a lot of them. It’s a lot of work.”

Ivey doesn’t travel the tournament circuit. He spends most of his time playing the biggest cash games in the world and has been making bracelet bets for the last several years in order to get more action during the WSOP. Even with him winning hundreds of thousands in bracelet bets, he still plans on playing lots of WSOP events in the future.

“This is the World Series of Poker. I like to come out and always support the World Series of Poker,” said Ivey. “The World Series is still the only group of tournaments that have all the games and they respect all the games which is really important to me. Because they have that, that is one of the reasons why I come out and still support it because they are true to poker.”

Ivey went heads-up with Bruce Yarmon for the title. While Yarmon may be unknown to most of poker fans, the two have plenty of history playing together in cash games back in Atlantic City.

“We’ve been friends a long time,” said Ivey. “I started playing in Atlanic City with him 15 years ago and we used to go to dinner all the time. I know his family really well. He’s just a great guy.”

There were 14 players that were still vying for the bracelet and the unofficial final table of eight was reached after a few hours of play. After just under an hour of play, Chrisoph Haller was eliminated in eighth place. In limit hold’em, Haller rasied under-the-gun and was three-bet to Yarmon in the small blind. The flop was K54 and Yarmon bet again. Haller raised and then called off the last of his chips when Yarmon three-bet. Haller tabled 99 and was in trouble against Yarmon’s AK. The turn was the 6 and the river was the 3. Yarmon’s top pair held up and the German was eliminated in seventh place.

The limits were increased and the game was changed to Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo when Yuebin Guo was eliminated in sixth place. Dan Heimiller completed and Guo raised. Heimiller called and then check-called a bet on fourth street. Heimiller led out on fifth street, Guo called off the last of his chips and their boards looked like this:

Heimiller: (AT)/AKK
Guo: (65)/5J7

Heimiller made aces up on fifth and that left Guo’s pair of fives and three to a low drawing very slim. Heimiller caught the 8 on sixth and flipped up the 6 on the river. Guo improved, but only made jacks and fives on the river and was eliminated in sixth place.

That left the table five-handed and Stephen Chidwick was the chip leader. Nothing could go right for the British pro five-handed and over the course of the next 90 minutes, he found himself as the short stack. In Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, Chidwick raised under-the-gun and Ivey three-bet from the big blind. Chidwick called and both players drew two cards. Ivey bet and Chidwick called. On the second draw, both players drew one card. Ivey bet again and Chidwick called off his last few thousand chips. Ivey stood pat and Chidwick drew one.

Ivey tabled 8-5-4-3-2 and Chidwick was drawing to an eight or a seven with his 6-4-3-2. Chidwick found a jack on his final draw and headed to the cage to collect his prize money.

Ivey took took the chip lead four-handed, but quickly handed it over to Heimiller after Heimiller three-bet with ace-king and flopped an ace. He bet all three streets and Ivey called him down. Ivey mucked his and slipped back into the middle of the chip counts.

While Heimiller was picking up pots, Aaron Steury was losing them. After being crippled by Yarmon in Limit Hold’em, he was left with just a few big bets. He was eventually finished off by Heimiller in Limit Hold’em. Steury got in four-bets preflop and committed his last chip into the pot on a flop of J83 flop. Heimiller called and tabled AJ. He was in great shape against Steury’s AQ. Steury was left drawing to just a queen. The turn was the 9 and the river was the T to send the 2011 bracelet winner to the rail.

Heimiller won the pot and scored the knockout of Steury, but dropped a couple pots to Yarmon and found himself the shortest of the three stacks while Yarmon took the chip lead. Ivey took the last of Heimiller’s chips in No Limit Hold’em when Heimiller moved all in on the button and Ivey called from the big blind. Ivey tabled A6 and was in the lead against Heimiller’s K4. The flop was A88 and Heimiller was drawing to running cards. He was dead when the dealer burned and turned the 7 on the turn.

Heimiller fell just a few spots shy of his second bracelet of the summer while Ivey moved to heads-up play against Yarmon with the two players almost dead even in chips.

Ivey dominated heads-up play and quickly got out to a three-to-one chip lead after a few hands and shortly after that, he had extended it to nine-to-one. Ivey made history in Omaha Hi-Lo. Yarmon raised on the button and Ivey called out of the small blind. The flop was A75 and Ivey led out. Yarmon raised and Ivey called. The K fell on the turn and Yarmon got the last of his chips in the middle. Ivey turned two pair to go with his nut flush draw has he tabled AK98 and was in great shape against Harmon’s inferior two-pair as he showed AJ87. The river was the Q and the crowd erupted as Ivey won his 10th bracelet.

Here are a look at the final table results:

  1. Phil Ivey – $166,986
  2. Bruce Yarmon – $103,162
  3. Dan Heimiler – $66,110
  4. Aaron Steury – $44,195
  5. Stephen Chidwick – $30,426
  6. Yuebin Guo – $21,547
  7. Christoph Haller – $15,687
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