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by Bridget Wright | Published: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Poker superstar Phil Ivey has claimed his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet after winning the $2,200 Mixed Event at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.
Ivey took home the first place prize of $51,840 but it is the bracelet that he will cherish which know puts him in equal forth with poker legend Johnny Moss on the list of all-time bracelet winners behind only Phil Hellmuth (13), Doyle Brunson (10) and Johnny Chan (10).
Ivey said he was happy to win his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet especially after the heartbreak he suffered during the 2012 World Series of Poker when he final tabled on five occasions but failed to win an event.
“I definitely wanted to win this event especially when I got deep and I thought I had a chance,” Ivey said.
“My last six finishes at the last six final tables were very tough and it took a lot out of me so I’m happy that I had the chance to finish this one.”
Ivey was especially happy to win a World Series of Poker bracelet at the Crown Casino in Australia.
“This is my favorite place to play,” Ivey said.
“I love coming down here and I love the feeling that I have when I come here.”
Ivey is already considered by many to be the greatest poker player of all time but said he wants to add more bracelets to add to his poker legacy.
“As I have gotten older I’ve started to think about my history in Poker and where I am going to stand so it’s important for me to win these bracelets and I’m trying to catch Phil [Hellmuth],” Ivey said.
“It’s tough because he keeps winning them but I’m looking forward to the summer.”
The final table of the event was expected to lead to a heads-up battle between Ivey and fellow Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu, who together held almost half the chips on the table, but Negreanu was eliminated in fourth position leaving Brandon Wong to face Ivey in heads-up competition.
Wong said it was a thrill to be able to play against Ivey.
“This place would be empty right now if it wasn’t Phil Ivey so it draws a lot of interest and its really fun,” Wong said.
“To win a bracelet is every poker players dream and to be able to win one against Phil Ivey would be great.”
The 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific continues today with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event beginning today.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, May 27th, 2011
The last of the special WSOP rematches has been decided, and it is set to be a replay of the end of the 1988 Main Event with Johnny Chan and Erik Seidel.
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Voting took place on the WSOP Facebook page, with players able to choose between the following options of Main Event heads up rematches:
- 1988 Johnny Chan VS Erik Seidel
- 2004 Greg Raymer VS David Williams
- 2006 Jamie Gold VS Paul Wasicka
- 2010 Jonathon Duhamel VS John Racener
Some of these players (David Williams) went on pretty aggressive campaigns to get votes. The end result was apparently 44% of votes for the 1988 rematch and the next closest 39% for the 2004 rematch. Some players (David Williams) don’t seem too happy about this result, but there are good reasons for why the Chan/Seidel match is compelling.
First of all, there’s the whole Rounders thing. This may interest a few fans, though it seems pretty unlikely that players would want to see a rematch of a game they saw only a few seconds of in a movie from over a decade ago.
More likely is the fact that Erik Seidel has been on the most ridiculous heater lately, and poker fans want to see if the modern Seidel can make up for what had to be his most important loss. Some question the wisdom of having Johnny Chan in two of the heads up rematches, but we honestly think that most will watch because of the other guy, be that Phil Hellmuth or Erik Seidel.
The rematches will be played on Thursday, June 2 at the Rio and will be broadcast on ESPN as a 2-hour special on July 26.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Thursday, April 14th, 2011
ESPN is set to host a special WSOP Rematch series that will see famous Main Event winners and runners up face off again.
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There will be three rematches in total, with the participants for the first two already decided and the last to be decided by a poll on Facebook.
To start the WSOP Rematches off, there will be a 2 out of 3 game match to repeat the end of the 2003 WSOP Main Event between Chris Moneymaker and Sammy Farha. The first game will see them play with the same chip stacks they had going into heads up play. The second game will reverse the stacks to explore how things might have gone if the chip advantage were different. If neither player has won both games, there will be a third game with equal chip stacks to see which player can dominate from an even start.
In the second match, we will get to see Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth face off once more in a repeat of the end of the 1989 WSOP Main Event. This will be a one match deal from even starting stacks, and it will be very interesting to see how they have adapted to deal with one another in the more than 20 years since their first legendary meeting.
The third match will be decided by a vote on Facebook, with four choices that include:
- 1988 WSOP Johnny Chan v Erik Seidel
- 2004 WSOP Greg Raymer v David Williams
- 2006 WSOP Jamie Gold v Paul Wasicka
- 2010 WSOP Jonathon Duhamel v John Racener
This final match will have equal starting stacks. If the top voted match up cannot occur, then the next most popular choice will be played.
The game will be played at the Amazon Room in the Rio and filmed by ESPN on 2 June. Voting on the third match will begin on 2 May, and the games will be broadcast in a two-hour special on ESPN on 26 July.
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Friday, April 8th, 2011
Don’t you wish you could see Muhammad Ali fight George Foreman again? Would you love to see Michael Jordan go one on one with Charles Barkley again? In some sports this is just not possible. However it is in poker and this year the World Series of Poker is will produce a series of ‘sequel matches’ to some of the greatest moments in Main Event history.
The first classic will feature a rematch of the vintage 1989 Main Event heads up battle between Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth. The 1989 final table will go down as one of the best ever played. Johnny Chan, or ‘The Orient Express’ as he was known was shooting for a three-peat of world titles. Standing in his way was a man who would first go on to become the youngest poker world champion in history, and would later become ‘The Poker Brat’, I am of course speaking of Phil Hellmuth. Between them these two share 21 WSOP bracelets.
The second classic re-match will be between Sam Farha and Chris Moneymaker. Moneymaker and Farha were at the centre of the poker boom when they played an epic heads up match at the 2003 Main Event. This time however there will be a best of three series between the long-time rivals. The first match will see both Moneymaker and Farha start with same chip stacks that they had at the start of 2003 heads up battle. The second match between the two will see the stacks reversed and the third match, if needed will see both players start with the same stack.
Fans will also have the chance to vote for another classic heads up match. Players will have the choice of:
• 1988 Replay: Johnny Chan Vs. Erik Seidel
• 2004 Replay: Greg Raymer Vs. David Williams
• 2006 Replay: Jamie Gold Vs. Paul Wasicka
• 2010 Replay: Jonathan Duhamel Vs. John Racener