The WPT LA Poker Championship Main Event was underway yesterday where the where the crème-de-la-crème faced off on the felt. The big news was the appearance of Phil Ivey who hasn’t played any live tournaments in the United States since Poker Black Friday hit on April 15, 2011. Along with many other poker pros, Ivey was associated with Full Tilt Poker as a Pro and one of the co-founders of the company. Last year, Ivey launched a lawsuit against Tiltware, the company behind Full Tilt Poker.
Phil Ivey surprised a lot of people when he showed up an hour after play started to register for the event. Ivey won this event back in 2008, but has been off the radar over the past year, having only played a couple of overseas tournaments during the past 10 months. Prior to the LAPC, Phil Ivey was last spotted in Australia where he won the 2012 Aussie Millions $250,000 Super High Roller Event last month.
Registration is still open through the start of play on Saturday, but with a turnout of 523 players already entered, first place will get paid at least $1.3 million.
Ivey’s game play was not so deserving of attention as his actual appearance. He ended up the day with 32,000 chips whilst the average count is 39,621.
Many well known poker pros were in attendance including Phil Ivey, Phil Helmuth, Joe Hachem, Erik Seidel, Erick Lindgren, Barry Greenstein, Michael Mizrachi, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, Liv Boeree, Vanessa Rousso, Vanessa Selbst, Scott Seiver, Jason Mercier. Some Canadians in attendance include Jonathan Duhamel, Shawn Buchanan, Mike Leah, Kara Scott and those that have busted out Daniel Negreanu and Xuan Liu.
Jonathan Duhamel is well-placed in 5th spot going into Day 2 with 98,950 chips.