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Ivey Feels Strong Enough to Win 30 WSOP Bracelets Before He’s Done

by Poker Team

Over the past several years, just about everything that Phil Ivey has focused on, he has dominated. Not so long ago, Ivey found himself missing more WSOP events than he actually entered, instead choosing to take part in the side cash games where he was generally the best player at the table and made tons of cash. However, something has changed and he now takes the tournaments extremely seriously. So seriously in fact, that since the start of the 2009 series, Ivey’s number of bracelets has grown from five to eight, catapulting him into 5th place on the all time list.

Ivey credits a strong work ethic and increased self awareness as key indicators for his resurgence. He says,

“The way I got better at poker was from playing all the games, and taking each game seriously. It’s the World Series of Poker, and I enjoy playing tournaments. I enjoy winning bracelets. As I’m getting older I’m realizing my place in poker history.”

In the midst of this flurry was a final table finish in the 2009 Main Event. This year, he has made several deep runs, which he capped off with a win at the $3k HORSE event. The man considered by many to be the best player of them all now owns titles in H.O.R.S.E., Pot-Limit Omaha, Stud, Stud Hi-Lo, S.H.O.E., Deuce-to-Seven Lowball and Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo. In a rare display of candor following his latest triumph, Ivey said he feels as though he can win 30 bracelets before he’s done, leaving rivals such as Phil Hellmuth in the dust.

With Ivey expected to play in several more events before the main event, another win is undoubtedly possible. Incredibly, some are still willing to bet against him. Perhaps some people just like losing.

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