Phil Ivey is Back! Ships Triton Poker Short Deck Event for $604,977

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Poker legend Phil Ivey has not been in the limelight off late, with his last tournament cash being a 5th place finish at a Triton Poker event in the Philipines, in January 2016. Ivey has made a comeback in style by winning the first ever live Short Deck tournament which is part of the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro.

Short Deck Hold’em is similar to No-Limit Hold’em with the one exception that the game is played with 36 cards instead of the traditional 52. The 22’s, 33’s, 44’s and 55’s are removed from the original deck. The rest of the rules remain the exact same as No-Limit Hold’em with respect to the number of cards each player is dealt (2) and community cards (5). This game has become very popular in Asia.

Ivey maneuvered through a field of 61 entries and a tough final table that included the likes of Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Jason Koon, and Wai Kin Yong to clinch the title as well as $604,977 for his efforts. Ivey went heads-up against Daniel Cates with a 1:4 deficit in chips, and managed to grind his opponent down to finally win the first ever live Short Deck tournament.

A look at the final table payouts:

1.Phil Ivey – $604,977

2.Dan Cates – $407,505
3.Gabe Patgorski – $246,745
4.Jason Koon – $169,932
5.Furkat Rakhimov – $116,939
6.Ivan Leow – $87,768
7.Alan Sass – $71,336
8.Wai Kin Yong – $62,164
9.Mikhail Smirnov – $60,253

“I started recently with short deck in the last year and a half. It’s become quickly one of my favorite games,” Phil Ivey told pokernews. “I think the tournament was great. The structure was great, it allowed for a lot of play at the end,” he added.

Will we see Phil Ivey at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP)

“I plan on playing this year. I want to start playing some more tournaments; I kind of announced that at the beginning of the year. I plan on playing the World Series of Poker,” Ivey told pokernews.