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Phil Ivey Continues to Excite During Closing Days of 2009 WSOP

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Jul/12/2009
Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is a hit!  He continues to excel at the 2009 World Series of Poker with only a field of 185 players left.

Gambling911.com's earlier story on Ivey drew over 1000 readers by day's end Sunday.

"Everyone is rooting for him!" declared Payton O'Brien, Senior Editor of the Gambling911.com website.  "Including us."

O'Brien was not subtle when stating that a Phil Ivey appearance at the final table would mean a sudden influx of Web traffic for the Gambling911.com website.

"He's one of a kind.  Poker players will be drawn to this like viewers were to Michael Phelps in the Summer Olympics."

Indeed it's a similar situation to what occurred when UltimateBet.com spokesperson, Annie Duke, made it to the season finale of Celebrity Apprentice.

"Thousands of people came to the Gambling911.com website to catch the latest news on Annie Duke and her heated feud with comedian Joan Rivers," O'Brien said.  "This also helped propel UltimateBet.com into the top 5 largest online poker rooms after hovering around the number 7 and 8 position."

How great is Phil Ivey?  Consider this:

After he lost about 1 million chips in the first two hours on Sunday, most in three big pots.

After losing to a pair of sixes with two jacks and a 10 on the board, Ivey folded another hand to the same player after the opponent made a full house of kings over fives.

A few hands later, an opponent holding pocket aces caught a third on the river and bet 300,000 chips into a pot of under 200,000. Ivey called, taking his stack to 220,000 chips after losing the pot.

Ivey, who has won two gold bracelets at this year's World Series of Poker, rebuilt his stack above 1.2 million chips over the next 3½ hours.

More than half of the remaining field -- over 200 players -- had busted out of the tournament after about 5½ hours on Sunday, when 407 players started with an average of just under 479,000 in chips.

The quick pace prompted tournament officials to stop play after six hours, after players originally planned to play 10 hours.

The Gambling911.com website has enjoyed heavy traffic throughout the weekend as a result of the 2009 WSOP.

Be sure to check out all of Gambling911.com fine preferred online poker rooms here.

Ace King, Gambling911.com 

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