Online Poker

Ivey Says Vegas No Longer Place for Biggest Cash Games

by Omar

Will Las Vegas soon be devoid of the biggest cash game players in the world? That is the speculation following an interview conducted by in which they asked top player Phil Ivey about the current state of the big games in the big city. By the time, he was done, Ivey seems to have raised even more questions about where all of this is headed.

More and more, the biggest cash games have moved to the online world and overseas to the locations where the biggest whales reside. Recently, we have seen top flight players such as Ivey, John Juanda, and Tom Dwan traveling to China to take on deep-pocketed Asian businessmen from both China and Malaysia. In fact, some of these businessmen even flew to Australia to take part in the television taping of a huge cash game as part of the Aussie Millions tournament.

The recent trend has made some pros with deep Las Vegas roots actually considering packing up and heading to where the big games are now being played. Earlier this month, living poker legend Boyle Brunson came out and said he was pondering a move to California in order to get in some good games. Ivey had a similar take when asked the same question. He said,

“Once Chip Reese died it was pretty much over. He was pretty much the backbone of the high-stakes games and now, there’s really no big game (in Las Vegas) anymore, except for during the World Series or when a tournament is in town or something like that. So yeah, there’s no real reason to be there.”

As evidence, he cited that while there was once a big game 4-5 nights a week, now there was just 1 or 2. He mentioned California as one logical destination but also wouldn’t rule out anywhere else in the world for that matter.

“Wherever it’s at is where I’ll be. I guess there’s always going to be a time for change, and I don’t know what lies ahead in the future. We’ll have to see.”

Given his penchant for flying around the world on a whim if a good game is rumored to crop up, we’ll just have to take his word for it. Soon, Las Vegas may once again be primarily a place for tourists and not big-game regulars to get their action.

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