2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
Event 59: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

An Orbit with Phil Ivey

Paul_Oresteen • Level 8: 200-400, 50 ante
Spend an orbit with Phil Ivey.

The long days of tournament poker can wear on anyone, especially if you play 40 events or more. We like to give readers an inside perspective of what a normal day of tournament poker is like.

Today we're pulling back the curtains and giving you an inside look at one of the game's best players in the world - none other than Phil Ivey.

Hand 1 - Ivey's stack is somewhere in the 22,000 range. He folded preflop, picked up his phone and sent a couple texts from his Black Berry. Before the hand is over Ivey had three bottles of water delivered to him - and not from a cocktail server.

Hand 2 - He folded preflop and hadn't noticed us hovering by the table yet. He has a grin on his face and seems to be enjoying himself. He put his phone down and looked around the room. Then produced a second phone - an iPhone - and began texting on that.

Hand 3 - He tossed his cards away preflop and was nodding his head to a song only he could hear.

Hand 4 - Again Ivey folded preflop and went back to his Black Berry. He sent another text or two and it was time for the next hand.

Hand 5 - During the shuffle a new player arrived at the table and definitely noticed that Ivey was this table. Ivey gave the new player no more than a two second glance. From under the gun Ivey opened for 600 and action folded all the way around.

Hand 6 - For the first time since we arrived at the table Ivey watched each player in order as they all folded to his big blind. Ivey got a walk and stacked a few more green chips.

Hand 7 - During the deal Ivey took his time to tidy up his stack and get a quick count. Ivey was up to around 24,000 and watched and a middle position player opened for 800. Ivey folded and went back to texting on his Black Berry.

Hand 8 - He was on the button and took a deep stretch, leaning all the way back in his chair. He studied the tournament clock for a moment and looked back to the table where a middle position player opened for 800. Ivey folded and then picked up his iPhone.

Hand 9 - The under the gun player opened for 800, the same middle position player called, Ivey called from the cutoff, the player on the button called and both blinds decided to play too. The flop came {5-Hearts} {2-Diamonds} {J-Spades}, both blinds checked, the middle position player bet 1,500 and Ivey folded.

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