Freddie Ellis & Phil Ivey on form at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas
After the name of Jason Mercier was being bandied round as the youngster to watch, it took a venerable old-timer to put the kids in their place at the Rio in Las Vegas.
First up, 74 year-old Freddie Ellis won Event #6, the $10,000 World Championship Seven-card Stud, outlasting 66 year-old Eric Drache, a respected Las Vegas Stud player, earning his first gold bracelet and $373,744 into the bargain.
Then it was the turn of seasoned pro Phil Ivey, who bagged his 6th bracelet in Event 8, the $2,500 No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball. The $96,361 is probably a tenth of what Ivey had on a couple of holes on the golf course the next day, but it was still a mammoth achievement and Phil edges his way nearer to the top of that bracelet leaderboard.
After a couple of hours of heads-up play, John Monnette, who at one point looked in a perfect position to go all the way, was gradually chipped away at by Ivey. Monnette managed to rail with a couple of big double-ups before grinding the lead back before the final hand hit. Ivey bested a field of 147 runners in the first Championship bracelet event of the Series. Shortly after he accepted his bracelet, he was spotted dashing back to the poker room to sit in on the 2nd Championship event of the summer, the $10,000 Mixed Event World Championship.