Phil Ivey is back! Poker GOAT cashes in the first WSOP 2022 event

Phil Ivey sit the World Series of Poker 2021 last fall, but he’s back in action and already has his first cash of the series.

The 10-time bracelet winner arrived on Tuesday to compete in Event #2: $100,000 High Roller Bounty and qualified for Day 2. On Wednesday, he sat on one of the smaller stacks for a few hours before finding an opportunity to earn a well-deserved double against one of the larger stacks.

Ivey Chase 11th gold bracelet

With seven players remaining, the Poker Hall of Famer re-raise all in for 27 big blinds with {7-Diamonds}{7-Spades} and was called by the original preflop raiser, David Peters and his {a-Spade}{j-Diamonds}. The board failed {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{4-Clubs}trips for Peters, and Ivey was in seventh place for $133,127.

The session ended within an hour and only five players remained of the original 46. Luck Kornuthfresh out of her WPT Choctaw victorytook a huge chip lead and will return to action on Thursday to compete for his fourth bracelet and the top prize of $1,116,810.

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Ivey is one of four players to reach the 10-bracelet milestone, tied with Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunsonand six behind Phil Hellmuth. But it’s been eight years since the last time he won a World Series of Poker event, which is almost hard to believe.

How focused will it be?

Phil Ivey

If the start of the 2022 WSOP is any indication, Ivey is focused and ready to become the second player to win 11 or more bracelets.

Dan Shak certainly hope so. The high-stakes poker player and hedge fund manager took Ivey into Daniel Negreanu’s fantastic $25,000 draft. He bet $33 to win the poker legend, which could turn out to be a steal if Ivey plays a full WSOP schedule.

Each fantasy draft team had $200 to bid on a roster of eight players. Shaun Deb and Negreanu, two perennial contenders for WSOP Player of the Year, unsurprisingly went for the higher amounts ($111 and $110). Shak could look like a bandit if Ivey grinds down a full program, and he scored some early points thanks to seventh place.

Ivey’s tournament results over the past few months have been stellar. He cashed three events during the May Triton Poker Series in Madrid and won two Triton Cyprus events in April. For his career, he has nearly $36 million in live tournament cash according to Hendon Mob. Now we’re all waiting to see how much he adds to that number at the 2022 World Series of Poker.

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Joseph K. Bennett