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Ivey adds sixth bracelet to collection

5 Jun 2009

By Dan Igo

Phil Ivey said in 2005 that he thought that he could win 30 gold bracelets by the time he was done playing poker.

After taking home his sixth bracelet last night, he is 20% done.

The 32-year-old superstar outlasted a strong field of 147 to win the $2,500 Deuce-to-Seven No-Limit Lowball event at the World Series of Poker.

The win was Ivey's first at the WSOP since 2005, when he won a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha title.

He defeated John Monnette in heads-up play at a final table that lasted nearly six hours.

Ivey is considered the most publicity-shy poker celebrity. He rarely gives out interviews or information about his life.

"I just like to keep to myself and do my own thing. I like to be my own person. If I can make money off it, that's great. If not, then I can always play poker. There's always someone around where I can make a bet or two," he said.

Ivey said winning his sixth bracelet and the $96,361 first place prize that came with it wasn't easy.

"It was a grueling event. When we got heads-up, we played a long time heads-up. I did not expect it to last that long," he said. "I expected it to break either way. It was a tough final table. I don't play that much Deuce, so I am pretty proud that I won a bracelet in this event since I had not won this game before. It really means a lot. Every time you win a bracelet, especially now, it is a major accomplishment."

Immediately after his win, Ivey raced over to the $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event. He was eliminated before Day 1 concluded.

Monnette is a Deuce-to-Seven Lowball specialist, playing the game several times a week. He routinely plays $200-400 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball at Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.

The only other bracelet winner at the final table was Eric Kesselman, who came in fourth place. He won his bracelet in Pot-Limit Hold'em at the 2006 WSOP.

Ivey bested a number of poker notables at the event. Layne Flack just missed out of the final table by finishing in eighth place. Other well-known players who cashed in the event included Antanas 'Tony G' Guoga (10th), David Grey (11th), Freddy Deeb (12th), Vanessa Rousso (17th), Barry Greenstein (18th) and Erick Lindgren (20th). Poker bad boy Phil Hellmuth was two spots away from cashing as he finished in 23rd place. As he so eloquently put it in his Twitter account after busting out, "I am out in 23rd! jurt (sic) missed the money, damn!"

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