Phil Ivey takes down the $1,500 8-Game event at the 2014 WSOP to tie Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan for 10 bracelets, and increase his gross live tournament earnings to $21,431,317.
Event #50, the 8-Game Mix attracted 485 runners, and saw both Ivey and Daniel Negreanu go deep. Negreanu had earlier offered an even money prop bet to anyone that either he or Ivey would win a bracelet this year. Between them they'd won one bracelet since 2010. Ivey only managed one cash in the 2013 World Series.
If you bet against me or Ivey winning a bracelet this summer you may want to tune in to the live stream. Ivey in the lead heads up— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 28, 2014
Negreanu eventually bowed out in 9th, but Ivey crushed a final table including old guard live pros and online poker whizzkids alike - Dan Heimiller and Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick finished 3rd and 5th respectively - to win the event and $167,332 in prize money.
Ivey also had bracelet bets and collects a massive unknown payday along with Negreanu. The largest single bets Negreanu made are rumored to be close to a million dollars. The pair had just 15 bracelet events remaining in the series to pull out a win.
Only Phil Hellmuth now stands in Ivey's way with 14 lifetime bracelets. Speaking of his tie with Brunson and Chan, Ivey remained humble, praising them as 'two of the best players to ever play the game'.
Phil Ivey has been embroiled in controversy in recent months, admitting to 'edge sorting' in a Punto Banco game at Crockfords Casino. Today though that legal battle seemed far from his mind as he was seen joyfully playing for $20 million in the One Drop event.
By James Spillane, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
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