Phil Ivey Thrills Fans With The Chance To Stack A Legend

Phil Ivey Thrills Fans With The Chance To Stack A Legend

They say that one of the greatest parts about playing poker is that if you just put up the buy-in, you can play with the very best in the world. And thats true, provided you have the buy-in. But its not often, or rather its extremely rare, that we mere mortals have the opportunity to battle against the very best in the world – often because of how high they play. And by the very best in the world, were talking about Phil Ivey.

Ivey, the two-time World Poker Tour champion, 10-time WSOP gold bracelet winner, and arguably the first name mentioned when you talk about the greatest poker player of all time – is someone even the biggest names (with the biggest bankrolls) in the game are excited to sit with.

But for one day only this year, Ivey battled against the masses when he arrived at the Wynn Poker Room for the WPT Premier Meet-Up Game. Forgoing his four-figure big blinds, Ivey splashed around in the $1/$3 and $2/$5 game surrounded by fans and poker influencers giving the everyman a shot at a home game story theyll tell forever.

Thats certainly going to be the case for Long Nguyen, a player from Seattle who battled Ivey in a hand and was ecstatic to tell the tale.

Coming into this trip I was saying it would be crazy if I had a chance to stack Phil Ivey and I was in a good spot, Nguyen said. I looked down at ace-queen suited and I jammed all in and Phil put his chips init was time for me to do itI just got lucky.

Nguyen is relatively new to poker in general but says hes been studying Iveys Masterclass and watching him on YouTube videos.

Its just crazy, he continued. This is what dreams are made of, right? You see someone like Phil on all these videos and on livestreams and to be able to sit next to him and play, take a picture, and get a good story. Yea, this is what dreams are made of.

Ivey spent the day making dreams like that come try for so many fans. The low stakes for Ivey were high stakes for those he was playing and it seemed he was more than ready to give them a shot at winning a ticket to the WPT World Championship drawing, and a forever brag in their home games.

Hes one of the first players I can really remember watching like 15, 20 years ago when I was getting into poker with my dad, said Paul Losch, who also battled Ivey at the MUG. A legend of the game.

Losch, regularly a tournament player and low-stakes cash game fan found himself at the table with Ivey and, for a time, Brad Owen. After Ivey shoved under the gun and was called in one spot, Losche made his move with ace four suited and came out the victor.

[The game was] a blast and so organized and let us regular folks play with legends like that.

Mike Pierce has two times the bragging right when he gets home to Seattle.

I did stack Phil Ivey, Pierce said with pride. They are playing the 10-2 game so if you win a hand with the Doyle Brunson you get another ticket for the raffle. So I took a shot at it.

In honor of Doyle Bruson, who lit up the Meet-Up Game just last year, players who used ten-deuce won additional entries into the contest. Pierce got it in behind with second pair against Iveys top pair on the flop, but when a deuce hit the turn Ivey couldnt catch up and he downed the legend with a legends hand.

The Washington Huskies football fan made plans to visit Vegas to watch the Washington vs. Oregon football game, but couldnt help taking his shot at playing with Ivey.

Turns out theres the coolest poker thing Ive ever seen happening here. The energy in the room has been great and Ive gotten photos with a bunch of people I know and its been awesome. Its worked out really, really serendipitous.

Hes definitely out here for fun and to hook people up and stuff, Piece said. But I can tell that story forever – I stacked Phil Ivey with ten-deuce. Its phenomenal!

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