Phil Ivey Confirmed As RaiseOnce on PokerStarsApril 10, 2012 1:27 pm
There has been a lot of speculation as to the identity of high-stakes online pro “RaiseOnce” since he first hit PokerStars high stakes games in 2009.
Most rumours have leaned towards Phil Ivey as the most likely candidate but now it seems that this has been confirmed after WickedChopsInsider cited an unnamed source as verifying his identity, with the article stating:
“File this under “unshocking” but we’ve confirmed through sources that RaiseOnce on PokerStars is in fact Phil Ivey.”
RaiseOnce initially attracted a great deal of attention on PokerStars after hitting the site’s nosebleed stakes playing a hyper-aggressive style at a variety of games including NLHE (full ring and shorthanded), Triple Draw, 8-game, H.O.R.S.E and PLO.
Just like Phil Ivey, RaiseOnce would play short sessions of only a table or two at a time, while employing a strict stop-loss limit of around two buy ins. The speculation was further fueled after his winning ways which have seen him currently in profit by $353,816 at PokerStars cash tables (pokertableratings) continued onto the tournament schedule.
Notably, in September 2010 RaiseOnce took down the $25,500 WCOOP Event #39 (NLHE HU) for $348,750, and with a further $54,611 won playing MTT’s (bluffmagazine), RaiseOnce is now up aroundf $1 million overall at PokerStars.
Phil Ivey was up a massive $19,242,744 at Full Tilt Poker since 2007 and it looks like PokerStars pros have got the top poker shark to be concerned about now that Full Tilt remains closed.
After his sponsored site ran into difficulty paying its customers, Phil Ivey decided to boycott the 2011 WSOP and then remained pretty much off the radar until making a live appearance at the APPT Macau in November the same year. Around that time, RaiseOnce became more active than ever at PokerStars cash table adding further to the likelihood that Phil Ivey and RaiseOnce are one and the same player.
Phil Ivey’s next live appearance is expected to be at the APT Philippines on April 20th, where he will take part in the ‘Manila Millions’ super high roller poker tournament which has a HKD $1 million (USD $129,000) buy-in.