Phil Ivey Reaches Final Table Of 2010 WPT Bellagio Cup VIJuly 15, 2010 9:10 am
Day 4 of the WPT Bellagio Cup VI in Las Vegas is now complete, with Phil Ivey managing to secure for himself a record breaking ninth appearance at a WPT final table.
The prestigious tournament originally managed to attract many of the big name pros to the $10,000 buy-in event, and with late registration available for the first three days of the competition, the starting field eventually reached 353 players to create a prize pool of $3.4 million.
Day 3 of the competition saw 36 players decide to join the frey, including Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Erik Seidel, John Hennigan, Greg Mueller, Andy Bloch and Phil Ivey.
Unlike his fellow late registrants, Phil Ivey not only survived the initial onslaught with his 20BB starting stack but managed a few vital double ups, including hitting a set of 8’s on the flop against his opponent’s pocket Q’s, to finish Day 3 in 8th place with an impressive 568k chip count.
By the end of Day 4, Ivey had gone on to further consolidate his grip on the tournament, eventually booking for himself a spot at the six man final table. Currently lying in 5th place (1.595 million) and with the blinds starting tomorrow at 25k/50k with a 5k ante, Ivey should still have plenty of manoeuvrability space to pick up a second WPT title, as well as the $875,150 first-place prize.
However, before then he must contend with the other tough competitors at the final table, which include chip leader John Caridad (5.12 million), Moritz Kranich (2.715 million), Justin Smith (2.100 million), Rob Akery (1.98 million), and a short-stacked Eric Afriat on 620k chips.
The players are now resting, with the final table action due to get underway at 4 p.m. on Thursday.