Phil Ivey just tied Johnny Moss in the World Series of Poker record books by taking home his ninth WSOP bracelet at the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific — running now at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. The heads-up battle between Ivey and Brandon Wong in the $2,200 Mixed Event found Ivey winning AUD$51,840 — and what the whole battle was all about for Ivey, his ninth gold bracelet that he tried so hard to win five times in last year's World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Ivey's phenomenal poker skills put him tied for fourth behind Phil Hellmuth - 13 bracelets; Doyle Brunson - 10 bracelets; and Johnny Chan - 10 bracelets. The bracelets were all won in non-Hold'em games and are a testament to his total dominance in all forms of poker.
WSOP APAC Event #3 Final Table Results
|3||Graeme "Kiwi G" Putt||$22,427|
Wong and Ivey played ping pong with the chip lead for a few hours without either of them committing their entire stack. During Level 21 Wong held an almost four-to-one chip lead over Ivey but a big pot in the Deuce to 7 Triple Draw round chopped that lead in half. Ivey took back the lead two hands later when he won a huge No Limit Hold'em hand.
Ivey took back the lead by a slim margin when Wong raised to 10,500 from the button and Ivey reraised to 31,000 with blinds at 2,000/4,000. Wong called to watch the flop roll out . Ivey kept the heat on by betting 40,000 and Wong called. The turn brought the . Ivey shoved all-in for close to 105,000. Wong tanked and finally mucked his hand.
Ivey kept building his lead during the next several rounds but Wong doubled up in the No Limit Hold'em round when he went all-in with and Ivey called to show the . Wong flopped a pair of nines and the board ran out with no help for Ivey; Wong was close to 200,000 in chips. He won the next hand which put him back in front.
Ivey never slowed down; grinding Wong down to a few big bets and closing the deal during the Deuce to 7 Triple Draw Lowball Round. Ivey was the master of the triple draw round all day and true to form, he took down the tournament in that poker variant.