Roland de Wolfe & Phil Ivey enter history at WSOP in Las Vegas
Only one player in the world has achieved the Holy Trinity of poker titles - a WPT bracelet, an EPT title, and a World Series of Poker gold bracelet – Gavin Griffin.
That was until England’s Roland de Wolfe achieved his dream of completing that elusive trilogy when he took down Event 27 at the WSOP – the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8-or-Better.
De Wolfe bested a final table that included Omaha specialists Brett Richie and Scott Clements to take the bracelet and $246,616. After a Series of near misses for British players, it became a very good week for Blighty’s best after JP Kelly’s bracelet win in the No Limit Hold’em event a week earlier.
De Wolfe stated shortly after the win that this was only the third such tournament he had played in his life, and sounded in determined mood as he went gunning for more honours. “I’ll be back tomorrow. I’m only six (wins) behind Phil Ivey now.”
Speaking of Ivey, the publicity-shy pro was busy racking up his 2nd bracelet of the Series, bagging the $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better event.
Ivey was ranked seventh out of eight in chips at the start of the final table but seized the chip lead from five players out. When Dutch Boyd was eliminated in fourth, Ivey had more than half of the total chips in play. Destiny seemed assured when heads-up play began, with Ivey enjoying nearly a 2-to-1 chip lead over runner-up Ming Lee. Ivey never appeared to be in serious danger of losing his chip lead, although the final duel lasted nearly an hour. Victory finally came in a hand of Stud-8 with Ivey making trip queens (high) with Q-Q-3-5-8-7-Q. Lee’s pair of jacks was no good, and Ivey moved up the table of all-time WSOP bracelet winners. He now has 7 bracelets, tying with Billy Baxter in 6th place on the all-time list.