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Phil Ivey enters L.A. Poker Classic

by Jeremy

There still seems to be no end in sight to the Full Tilt Poker drama that saw thousands of players worldwide lose a collective $440 million. This being the case, there also seems to be no end to the length of time that certain FTP figureheads are willing to hide out.

Sadly, Phil Ivey has been one of these players since he’s avoided the poker public following Black Friday (April 15th, 2011). Sure he has played at some events in Australia and Macau, but Ivey has entirely stayed out of the US poker tournaments…until now. The 36-year-old recently entered the L.A. Poker Classic Main Event, thus bringing an end to his hiatus from the US tournament scene.

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Not surprisingly, Ivey’s appearance at the L.A. Poker Classic has already incited a huge thread at TwoPlusTwo where various posters are venting frustrations about their missing money and how Ivey should give some of it back. In addition to the comments aimed at Ivey and back-and-forth arguments about his role in the Full Tilt scandal, there are also some pictures of him at the LAPC.

It will be interesting to see if Ivey does anything significant at the tournament because he’s been doing very well so far in 2012. First off, he finished 12th in the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Main Event ($103k). Just a few days later, he won the Aussie Millions $250k Super High Roller ($2 million). In all, he has $16 million in live poker tournament cashes, and ranks second behind Erik Seidel in all-time tournament winnings ($16.9 million).

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