Phil Ivey is Back! Legend Wins Title and $604K in Short Deck Poker

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Phil Ivey is Back! Legend Wins Title and $604K in Short Deck Poker
15 May

The poker world is buzzing with excitement following the short deck tournament victory of poker legend Phil Ivey at the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro for $604,992.

Ivey outlasted runner-up Dan "Jungleman" Cates, overcoming a huge chip disadvantage when heads-up play began to win the title, his first cash in more than two years. Cates took home $407,515 for his efforts in the HK$250,000 ($31,850) Short Deck Ante Only event at the Maestral Resort & Casino in Budva, Montenegro.

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Ivey has been mostly MIA from live tournament action in recent years, preferring instead to compete at the high stakes cash game tables in Macau. His return to tournament poker is a huge boost for the game, as many players and fans have lamented his absence.

In an interview with PokerNews following his latest championship, Ivey said he plans to play in the upcoming WSOP this year. He trails Phil Hellmuth in WSOP titles 14-10 and I'm certainly not alone in hoping to see Ivey get back on the horse and pursue the Poker Brat's gold bracelet lead.

Six Plus Hold'em

Short deck poker is played with 36 cards instead of 52. The cards valued from 2-5 are removed from the deck, changing the make-up and strategy of the game significantly.

Also known as Six Plus Hold'em, short deck poker has become popular in Asia. Ivey and Tom Dwan have touted the game in the past, both appearing in videos to explain some of the game's nuances.

Short deck tournaments have been few thus far, but you can bet that Ivey's win will shine a spotlight on the game and result in more such events in the future. A 61-player field in Montenegro created a $1,827,664 prize pool, with the top nine finishers earning a payday.

Here are the final results as per the Hendon Mob database:

HK$250,000 ($31,850) NLHE - Short Deck Ante Only

1Phil Ivey
2Daniel Cates
3Gabe Patgorski
4Jason Koon
5Furkat Rakhimov
6Ivan Leow
7Alan Sass
8Wai Yong
9Mikhail Smirnov

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Charles is a Chicago native and long time poker player who dusted off his journalism degree and began writing about poker following the events of Black Friday in 2011. He has written for a number of leading poker websites, offering his insights and expertise on subjects ranging from online poker leg...Read more


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