Phil Ivey Wins WSOP Bracelet No.9 In Australia

Phil Ivey Wins WSOP Bracelet No.9 In AustraliaPhil Ivey has won WSOP APAC Event #3: $2,200 Mixed Event, after defeating a field of 81 players over three days to capture a gold bracelet, and collect the $51,840 first place prize.
The 37 year old poker legend had been stuck on 8 bracelets since winning his last in 2010 at the $3k H.O.R.S.E. event for $329,840. In 2012, Ivey then came close to adding to his tally after reaching five final tables at the WSOP in Las Vegas, including finishing runner-up at the $10k PLO event for $275,559. This time around in Melbourne, Australia, however, Ivey finally manged to capture that elusive gold bracelet to take him to the same number as Johnny Moss. Only Phil Hellmuth (13), Doyle Brunson (10) and Johnny Chan (10) now have more WSOP bracelets than Ivey.
By the time the six seat final table had been reached, Phil Ivey was the chip leader on a 144,300 stack, followed close behind by Daniel Negreanu on 129,000. Also in contention was USA’s Brandon Wong (86,100) and Kevin Song (49,600), along with Aussies Rob Campbell (42,600) and Graeme Putt (36,400).
Nevertheless, it was Brandon Wong who would come to dominate the action, starting with the elimination of Kevin Song in 6th ($8,978) during a PLO round. Wong then did likewise to Rob Campbell in 5th ($12,020) whilst playing Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, Negreanu in 4th ($16,336) during PLO, and finally Graham Putt in 3rd ($22,427) during Seven Card Stud, to go heads-up against Phil Ivey.
As the heads-up battle commenced, both players were fairly even in chips but at one stage Ivey slipped to an almost 5 to 1 disadvantage. Nevertheless,  despite eliminating all other players in the competition, Wong was unable to dispatch his most dangerous opponent and Ivey  was subsequently able to mount his comeback to win yet another WSOP bracelet to the delight of  many a poker fan.

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