Reactions To Phil Ivey's 9th WSOP Bracelet

Reactions To Phil Ivey's 9th WSOP BraceletYesterday in Melbourne, Australia, Phil Ivey won his 9th WSOP bracelet after topping an 81 player field at the WSOP APAC $2,200 Mixed Event to claim the rather meager $51,840 first place prize. Following the 37 year old poker legends historic victory, players and poker pros alike have been posting their reactions to the news. Here are a selection of some of these comments, starting with the man himself, Phil Ivey:
Phil Ivey
“I definitely wanted to win this event, especially when I got deep and realized I had a chance, because my last five final tables were very tough. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to think about my place in poker history and where I’m going to stand, so it is important to me to win these bracelets. I’m trying to catch Phil [Hellmuth]. It’s tough; he keeps winning them, but I’m looking forward to the summer.”
Daniel Negreanu
“Congrats to Phil Ivey on his 9th bracelet. He is simply the best poker player in the world and has been for a long time. Bravo.”
Phil Hellmuth
“Congrats to @philivey for winning WSOP Bracelet #9 & to @RealKidPoker for making another WSOP Final Table! Now to Main Event at #WSOPAPAC”
Eugene Katchalov
“Congrats to Phil Ivey in his 9th bracelet!! Makes it look so easy too #BeastMode”
Also, here’s some more tweets from the pros at
Cole South
“What a sick run all of the @iveypoker #teamivey pros have been on! Capped off with bracelet #9 by the GOAT himself @philivey last night.”
Greg Merson
“Ship it to the goat Mr. Phil Ivey”
John Eames
“Just watched the boss @philivey win his 9th bracelet. Didn’t know he could play all the games”
Mike Leah
“Was pretty damn cool getting to do commentary as @philivey won bracelet #9 @WSOP @iveypoker #legend #teamIvey”
Finally, here’s some comments from poker fans posting on
“I think it is absurd that this counts as a bracelet event, 81 players? More and more the whole concept of the gold bracelet is being watered down to something meaningless. This one is an utter joke, IMO”
“Before 1999 There were never more than 400 players. Moneymaker’s year, 2003, there were 829 in the Main Event, by far the highest ever at that point. IMHO fields of thousands make the bracelet less meaningful, not more. Jamie Gold won the biggest Main Event ever. Jerry Yang won the very next year. With due respect to these Champs they’re not even playing the same game Phil Ivey plays.”

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