When we started today with fourteen of the world's best Omaha/Stud players, you kind of got a feeling it was going to be a special day. Any final day which features superstars such as Chad Brown, Blair Rodman, Steve Wong, Dutch Boyd, Jon Turner and Carlos Mortensen is going to produce a final table for the ages. However, it was the undeniable presence of the six-time WSOP bracelet winner that was sending whispers around the Rio.
Could Ivey really make it number seven today? Two bracelets in one year? All while multi-tabling two different WSOP events!
The achievement would cement his place as a legend of poker and arguably the best player in the modern game. We say this, like there was ever any doubt.
At times it seemed like Ivey just couldn't be touched as he cut through the final table like a knife through butter, claiming the chip lead and the destiny that awaited him.
A memorable day for the WSOP, and the buzz in the air this evening was one that those present will always remember. Thanks for your company this evening, I hope you enjoyed yourselves, and see you again soon!
It's over! Phil Ivey has captured an incredible seventh World Series of Poker bracelet, his second this year, to the delight of the massive group of friends and fans on the rail here at the Rio.
The final hand came during a round of Stud-8 with Lee all in on third street. The boards ran out as follows:
Phil Ivey made trip queens and the crowd cheered in delight at having witnessed this historic poker moment.
However, we also congratulate Ming Lee, who started the day short stacked and fought incredibly well against some of the greatest players the game has seen, to finish in 2nd place for a cash of $136,292.
In an Omaha-8 hand, Phil Ivey was within a spade of the bracelet, but incredibly the river was a cruel blow, giving Ming Lee an unlikely scoop.
Ming Lee raised the button before Phil Ivey reraised the big blind. Lee called and they saw a flop of . Ivey led out and Lee made the call.
The turn was the and after a series of raises, Lee's last chips were in the middle.
Ivey held the nut low as the fans were all on their feet in anticipation of a potential spade on the river that would give Ivey a flush to better Lee's made straight. However, the twist came when the fell, to not only miss Ivey's flush but to also give Lee a better low!
After a few more small pots with the (rather significant) blinds and antes going the way of Phil Ivey, Ming Lee is now down to his last 350,000 chips. It appears Phil Ivey has slowed down just a little as he prepares his final strike.