EPT €25K High Roller: Phil Ivey joins the fray

May 01, 2009

EPTJust before the break, Phil Ivey came in and joined the Luke Schwartz, Gus Hansen and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu table. Schwartz wanted to play Ivey heads-up no-limit cash but Ivey said he didn’t really play it that much. “You play HA vs Lars(Lusaak) though…”

“That’s pot-limit,” replied Ivey.

The banter between them has been flying with Ivey offering to challenge Schwartz to 50,000 hands of $200/$400 no-limit as long as he got a handicap start, which Schwartz did not seem to keen to accept. In the tournament though, Schwartz has had the better start, winning a largish pot from Ivey with 8♥7♣ on an 6♥4♠5♣A♣4♣ board, Ivey apparently holding A-5.

John Kabbaj has eliminated a player, holding A♥A♣ on a J♥9♦A♠8♥9♥ board against J-T with all the money going in on the turn. Florian Langmann said to me, “I believe he thought he was up against something like K♥Q♥.

The tournament is now closed for entries with the total number being 79 players and a prizepool of €1,975,000 with the payouts as follows:

1st — €720,000
2nd — €434,000
3rd — €257,000
4th — €188,000
5th — €138,000
6th — €99,000
7th — €79,000
8th — €60,000

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