Phil Ivey hasn’t cashed in a World Series of Poker event since 2014. But after a string of successful tournament finishes in Asia, Ivey is excited about competing in the 2018 WSOP this summer. The 10-time WSOP champ recently spoke with PokerNews about his plans.
“I plan on playing this year,” he said. “I want to start playing some more tournaments. I kind of announced that at the beginning of the year. I plan on playing the World Series of Poker.”
The 41-year-old primarily plays mixed games at the WSOP. And this year should be no different, as he looks to add to his bracelet collection.
Ivey Enjoying Short Deck Hold’em
Many poker players in Asia have gotten into Short Deck Hold’em, which omits deuces, threes, fours, and fives from the deck. This leaves just 36 cards in the traditional 52-card deck.
“I started recently with short deck in the last year and a half,” said Ivey, “It’s become quickly one of my favorite games.”
It hasn’t taken him long to become a star in this poker variation. He competed at the 2018 Triton Poker Series, winning a HK$250k Short Deck event (US$604,992) and finishing third in a HK$1 million tourney (US$1.66 million).
“I think the tournament was great,” Ivey said of the tourney that he won. “The structure was great, it allowed for a lot of play at the end.”
He added, “It was pretty crazy in the beginning, but I think it allowed for a longer final table and a pretty long head up match.”
Ivey Second on All Time Bracelet List
The big story when Ivey plays in the 2018 WSOP will be his quest for an 11th gold bracelet. He’s currently in a three-way tie with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, both of whom also have 10 bracelets.
Phil Hellmuth is the all-time leader with 14 gold bracelets. Ivey would need a record WSOP run to tie this mark in 2018.