Event #50: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix was won by none other than Phil Ivey.
Ivey bested the 485 player field defeating Bruce Yamron heads up to take down $167,332 in prize money, his 10th WSOP gold bracelet and countless more money in side bets.
In a highly publicized series of wagers, Ivey and long-time friend, Daniel Negreanu offered even money to anyone willing to bet that neither Negreanu nor Ivey would win a WSOP bracelet in 2014. The minimum bet they would accept was $5K and they would take individual wagers up to $1,000,000.
Prior to Ivey’s win he hadn’t come closer than a 22nd place finish. Negreanu however was knocking on the door early with a 2nd place finish in Event 13: $ 10,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball and three other 10th place finishes.
Headed into the final day of Event #50, those that had bet against the Ivey/Negreanu team had to be worried as both players went deep into the event and looked to make the final table.
Negreanu eventually busted in 9th, but at that point Ivey had a commanding chip lead and the duo’s bracelet bets looked to be in good shape.
The Final Table was no cake walk however, as the likes of bracelet winners Dan Heimiller and Aaron Steury stood in Ivey’s was along with the dangerous and talented Stephen Chidwick.
The chip lead bounced around the table as play became short-handed and by the time heads up play began; Ivey was at a slight disadvantage to Yamron.
But it didn’t take Ivey long to recapture the lead and eventually the bracelet as he disposed of Yamron in short order dominating his opponent one-on-one.
Ivey won his first bracelet back in 2000 and has become one of only four players to ever have achieved World Series Gold at least 10 times.
He is currently tied with Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan in second place on the all-time bracelet list with 10 trailing only Phil Hellmuth who has been victorious 13 times in WSOP bracelet events.
As Eric Danis of Global Poker Index pointed out, Ivey is the only 10+ bracelet winner to not have won the Main Event, at least not yet.