As if earning two more World Series of Poker bracelets — his 6th and 7th — this year wasn’t enough, Phil Ivey has cracked a field of nearly 6,500 to reach the main event final table, aka the November Nine.
Ivey, arguably the best poker player in the World, stands in 7th place and joins Darvin Moon, Eric Buchman, Steven Begleiter, Jeff Shulman, Joseph Cada, Kevin Schaffel, Antoine Saout and James Akenhead at poker’s elite event of the year.
Ivey’s previous best finish at the main event was 10th place in poker’s watershed year of 2003 when Chris Moneymaker would eventually go on to win and spawn a new age of poker.
I’ll have more in the coming days when official chip counts are released and interviews are done. But in the mean time, for poker fans everywhere, it is time to get excited with such an elite player playing in front of a live television audience for poker’s ultimate crown come November.