WSOP: Phil Ivey Dominates Mixed Hi/Lo Event for 2nd Bracelet of 2009

Phil Ivey holds up his winning hand and second WSOP bracelet of the year after winning $2,500 Omaha 8-or-better/Seven=card Stud 8-or-better (Event 25).

If there was any question Phil Ivey is the best poker player alive, it may have just been answered.

Ivey won his second bracelet of the 2009 World Series of Poker — seventh overall — winning the $2,500 Omaha 8-or-better/Seven-card Stud 8-or-better (Event 25) bracelet on Saturday night at a feature table that drew crowds three- and four-deep all day from the floor and elevated platform overlooking both final table areas of the Amazon Room in the Rio Hotel.

He had an overwhelming chip lead over Ming Lee going into heads-up play with 2.2 million to 675,000, and beat him to win the tournament, the first in the history of the WSOP that switched between the two Hi/Lo games every eight hands, when Ivey’s wired-queens made a set with the case-queen on the river for his second title in as many weeks and $220,538. Lee won $136,292 as the runner up.

“It feels good, this is the second time I’ve won multiple bracelets in the same year. It’s a good feeling,” he said. “I’ve worked hard for this.”

Ivey claimed his first bracelet of the year, sixth overall, on June 4 winning the $2,500 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw (Event 8 ) bracelet over Deuce to Seven specialist John Monnette, and did it again in this event over two experienced players in Lee and Carlos Mortensen.

Mortensen has two bracelets, including the one from the 2001 Main Event, and Lee’s only two final tables came in 2007 in both games played in Event 25 — a second-place finish at the World Poker Finals’ Seven-card Stud 8-or-better tournament and a seventh-place finish at the WSOP Omaha 8-or-better tournament.

Lee eliminated Mortenson in third place when he moved all in before the flop in an Omaha/8 round with A T 6 3 and Lee called with A K K 4. The board ran Q 4 8 K 4, giving Lee a full house and the scoop. Mortensen collected $89,342.

Ivey came to the final table the short stack of the nine — Lee, Mortensen, Eric Buchman, Dutch Boyd, Tom Koral, Peter Gelencser, Steve Wong, and Jon “PearlJammer” Turner — but went on a rush once play was down to seven-handed and took over the chip lead and although he gave it up to Mortensen, Ivey took it back and had more than half the chips in play at one point during four-handed play and again playing with three left.

Play began Saturday afternoon with the last 14 of the original 376-player field and worked its way down to the final table quickly as Chad Brown, Mark Scott, Frank Debus and Matt Kelly were eliminated before the last nine moved to the second feature table in the Amazon Room of the Rio Hotel.

Wong was the first leave the extra-man final table when he took control of the hand and became the aggressor on the fifth street of a Stud/8 round, finally moving all in on the river with 5 Q Q 5 exposed against Boyd and Mortensen, both players called the bet. Boyd made a king-high flush, Mortensen showed an eight-six-five low and Wong mucked his hand while the other two split the pot. The ninth-place finisher was awarded $16,517.

After the table was down to eight players, Gelencser was the next to make his exit, again, at the hands of Boyd, this time playing Omaha/8. With flop reading 9 2 2, Gelencser went all in after Boyd raised the original bet with an ace-high flush draw. His A 7 6 5 never improved for a high or low hand against Boyd’s Q Q J 6 as the turn brought the 3, giving Gelencser a chance for the low, but the board paired nines on the river and eliminated the Hungary in eighth, winning $23,600.

The next player eliminated was Koral during a round of Omaha/8. He made put his remaining chips in the middle with A T [8d 2, calling a three-bet by Lee after raising him, the original better, and Mortensen also called on the A 6 6 flop. Mortensen check-called Lee when the K came on the turn and the two checked the T on the river. Mortensen showed J J 7 6, improving his three sixes to a flush, Lee mucked his hand and Koral showed his hand before tossing into the muck as well. Koral finished in seventh place, taking $27,993.

Buchman joined him on the rail quickly after by Boyd’s three queens in the hole. Playing Stud/8, Buchman was all in on fourth street showing T 5 and was called by Boyd and Lee. Boyd led was the aggressor the rest of the hand and showed a three queens to go with his board of 6 J 5 2 before Lee and Buchman, who had an open pair of fives and didn’t show his river card, folded their hands. Buchman received $34,747 for sixth place.

Coming back from an hour-long dinner break after four hours of play, Boyd lost two big pots that dropped to near the bottom of the leader board.

He first lost with aces full of threes playing Omaha/8 to Mortensen, who turned aces full of sixes and had the only low of the two, to scoop the pot. The bad run continued playing Stud when Lee took the put from Boyd with an ace to five straight, or wheel, to scoop the pot with the best high and nut-low. Soon after, Boyd moved all in, making a wheel of his own, but Lee took half the pot hitting a king-high flush on the river.

But Boyd won a pot when it mattered eliminated Turner in fifth place. Turner moved all in on the turn with the board reading 8 2 8 Q holding A K 9 2 for eights and deuces and Boyd called with A K 4 4, eights and fours with a flush draw. Boyd made his ace-high flush on the river when the 6 fell, sending Turner to collect $45,237 and giving Boyd a much needed change of momentum and about 20 big bets.

After calling down Ivey and mucking his hand on the showdown, Boyd was severely crippled and was soon knocked out in fourth place by Mortensen. Boyd moved all in playing Stud/8 with split jacks and Mortensen called with split tens. Boyd made jacks and sixes on fifth street, but Mortensen made tens full of aces on sixth street and Boyd couldn’t catch a jack on the end for a better full house and was eliminated in fourth, earning $61,919.

Final table results and payouts

  1. Phil Ivey – $220,538
  2. Ming Lee – $136,292
  3. Carlos Mortensen – $89,342
  4. Dutch Boyd – $61,919
  5. Jon “PearlJammer” Turner – $45,237
  6. Eric Buchman – $34,747
  7. Tom Koral – $27,993
  8. Peter Gelencser – $23,600
  9. Steve Wong – $16,517
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