Phil Ivey Wins $50,000 Short Deck Event For $856,050

Phil Ivey wins another poker tournament, this time the $50,000 Short Deck event in Sochi, Russia

Phil Ivey is back to winning ways after triumphing in $50,000 buy-in Short Deck tournament in Sochi, Russia.

Ivey’s last victory also came in a Short Deck event back in May 2018. He won the equivalent of $604,992 that day. Now he’s added $856,050 to his live poker tournament winnings tally.

Ivey Wins partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Super High Roller Series Sochi $50,000 Short Deck

Place Player Country Prize
1 Phil Ivey United States $856,050
2 Michael Soyza Malaysia $561,780
3 Wai Kiat Lee Malaysia $374,250
4 Seth Davies United States $267,520
5 Sergi Reixach Spain $214,010
6 Sam Greenwood Canada $160,510
7 Dmitriy Kuzmin Dominica $133,760
8 Tha Ha Vietnam $107,000

Many consider Ivey to be the greatest poker player of all time. Ivey has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, but has let his poker do the talking this week.

A second-place finish another $50,000 Short Deck event earlier in the week banked Ivey $525,000. There was no way on Earth he was finishing as a runner-up again once he’d gone deep in this tournament.

Fifty-five players bought into the $50,000 Short Deck event, part of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS festival. Those 55 entries created a $2,750,000 prize pool that the top eight finishers shared.

Stephen Chidwick burst the money bubble, crashing out in ninth-place. Michael Soyza called Chidwick’s all-in bet to put the Brit at risk. And at risk he was because his ace-nine severely trailed Soyza’s ace-king. Chidwick failed to find a nine and his tournament ended.

Money Places Reached; Ivey Guaranteed $107,000

Vietnam’s Thai Ha can count himself unlucky for the way he finished in eighth-place. Ha jammed with ace-king and ran into the pocket kings of Spain’s Sergi Reixach. Ha received no help from the community cards and the event lost another player.

Dimitriy Kuzmin followed suit in seventh-place, which brought the curtain down on Day 1. Kuzmin committed his stack with ace-ten and lost to the aces of Soyza.

Sam Greenwood was the first player to bust at the official final table, his sixth-place netter him $160,510. Greenwood came unstuck when he moved all-in with king-queen. Soyza called with pocket jacks and proceeded to flop a set. Greenwood made two pair but didn’t improve enough to win the pot.

Ivey added to his stack to close the gap on Soyza at the top of the chip counts. Ivey raised to 300,000 in late position with ace-ten of hearts. Reixach looked down at ace-queen and committed his 1,260,000 stack. Ivey called. A ten on the flop gave Ivey the lead before he improved to a full house on the river.

Fourth-place went to Seth Davies who clashed with Soyza. Davies initially raised with ace-seven before calling off his remaining chips with Soyza jammed with ace-queen. A queen on the turn left Davies drawing dead.

Lee Takes Leads, Still Busts in Third

Wai Kiat Lee tried to up his aggression with only three players remaining and it initially worked. Lee soared into the chip lead after several clashes with Soyza, but disaster struck.

Ivey flopped a full house with his pocket tens and Lee got a little frisky. Lee bet the flop and jammed on the turn with top pair, doubling up Ivey.

That hand gave Ivey the chip lead, although he relinquished that when Soyza busted Lee. Soyza’s pocket queens prevailed against Lee’s suited jack-ten and heads-up was set.

Soyza held a 9,600,000 to 6,300,000 lead over Ivey but the 10-time WSOP bracelet winning clawed his way back. He even took the lead, before that lead exchanged hands several times. Eventually, Ivey got his nose back in front and never looked back.

The final hand saw Ivey with a six-to-one advantage. He set Soyza all-in with ace-six and Soyza called with king-seven. A king on the two-hearted flop looked to have rescued Soyza, but a heart on the river gifted Ivey a flush and a sweet victory.

Ivey entered the later $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl full of confidence, but it wasn’t meant to be. He crashed out in 23rd place from 40-entrants. The tournament is still running in Sochi. We’ll bring you a recap and let you know who won the $3.6 million top prize on March 16.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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