And it doesn’t appear likely that we’ll see Ivey cash in another WSOP event any time soon because he’s currently spending all of his time at the Bellagio.
The 10-time WSOP champion is grinding in high stakes cash games, along with other legends like Doyle Brunson and Gus Hansen.
Ivey has rarely played in tournaments since 2014. Subsequently, this is the last time that he won a gold bracelet, taking down the 2014 WSOP $1,500 Eight Game Mix tourney ($167,332).
His last overall cash was a 5th-place effort in the 2016 Triton High Roller $200k, where he collected $656,500 for the finish. In 2015, he made headlines for winning the Aussie Millions A$250k High Roller along with A$2,205,000.
The reason why Ivey has been so absent from tournaments is because he spends most of his time grinding in Macau-based cash games. These aren’t as lucrative as they once were, but Macau still represents the best full-time spot for high rollers.
While Ivey may not be currently playing in 2017 WSOP tournaments, the good news is that rumors have him entering the 2017 Main Event. We’ll have to wait and see if he indeed plays, but it’ll be fun to see one of the all-time greats back in action.
It’s also likely that Brunson and Hansen take part in the $10k Main Event. Like Ivey, these two have largely been absent from the tournament scene.
Brunson is especially notable because the 83-year-old has 10 gold bracelets, which ties him with Ivey and Johnny Chan for the second most all time.
The WSOP Main Event can be a bit of a crapshoot due to thousands of players entering every year. But with Ivey, Brunson, and Hansen’s poker skills, it’s possible that at least one of them can make a deep run in 2017.