The World Series of Poker are running five bracelets in Australia from April 4 to 15 at their inaugural WSOP APAC taking place at Crown Casino in Melbourne. With significantly lower turnouts in comparison to Vegas, it makes winning a WSOP bracelet more attainable.
Yesterday Phil Ivey won his 9th WSOP title, putting him in a tie with the late Johnny Moss who also accumulated nine bracelets during his lifetime. Only Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, each with 10 bracelets and Phil Hellmuth with thirteen have more.
Ivey played in the $2,200 mixed game which drew a field of only 81 players and made a measly $51,840 in comparison to the valuable bragging rights of having a ninth WSOP victory.
Ivey had five final table finishes last year in Vegas at WSOP events but didn’t win any of them.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to think about my place in poker history and where I’m going to stand, so it’s important to me to win these bracelets,” he told the WSOP. “I’m trying to catch Phil [Hellmuth]. It’s tough; he keeps winning them.”
In the same event, Canadian Daniel Negreanu finished in 4th place.
2013 WSOP Asia Pacific $2,200 Mixed Event Results