Saturday at Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter, “The Ivey Room,” an exclusive high-stakes cash-game room named after Phil Ivey, was unveiled on Saturday and celebrated with a $1 million freeroll.
Celebrities, poker pros and invited guests sat down inside the newest Las Vegas poker room to compete for their piece of the staggering prize pool. Players could fill their pockets in one of two ways, either by making the final table or by knocking out one of the many bounties. The price on Ivey’s head was a cool $100,000, and it was 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event final tablist Chino Rheem who had the honor of knocking out the man of the hour.
The top prize, $250,000, went to Larry Litton, who also received the opportunity to compete heads up against Ivey for another quarter-of-a-million dollars. Unfortunately for him, there’s a reason Ivey is considered the best player in the world, and Litton was unable to walk away with a win.
The Ivey Room was quickly christened with its first action shortly after the tournament started. Familiar Bobby’s Room regulars, including Doyle Brunson, Jennifer Harman, Tim Phan, David Benyamine, and Eli Elezra, filled the seats, and, according to Ivey, it’s likely that it’s a sight to get used to.
We caught up with Ivey at the opening to talk with him about what the opening of the Ivey Room means to him.