Phil Ivey back at the tables
Phil Ivey traveled to Montenegro for the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series and started the festival week with a win at the HKD $ 250,000 Short Deck Hold’em event.
Ivey has been rarely in the limelight of the poker public lately. When his name appeared in the news, it usually involved legal cases. His last cash was in January 2016 when he made it to fifth at a Triton Poker event in the Philippines. The last cash before that dates back to February 2015 – that was his win at the Aussie Millions Super High Roller tournament.
Ivey told that he traveled a lot and spent time with his family. Also he specialized in cash games in Asia similar to Tom Dwan. One of the games that is hugely popular in this region is Short Deck Hold’em. The game has striking similarities to the well-known No-Limit Hold’em, with the decisive change that is played only with 36 instead of 52 cards. The twos, threes, fours, and fives are removed from the decks, causing hands that are rare in normal hold’em to appear much more frequently.
Ivey was successful in the opening event of the Triton Poker Series and had to defend against some strong players at the final table. Ivey said: “I think the tournament was great,” “The structure was great, it allowed us to have a lot of leeway in the end.”
In the heads-up, Ivey played none other than Dan “jungleman” Cates – Cates is another high stakes player who plays more and more often in Asia. Ivey could not just sit back and throw grind mode – he had to get rid of one of the best players ever. Ivey said about Cates, “Well, i know, he’s a tough opponent, so I really had to concentrate.”
Ivey told also that he plan to join the WSOP 2018 which starts next month in Las Vegas