World Series November Nine Set
Phil Ivey, widely considered as the greatest poker player of the modern era, has made the final table of the biggest poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker Main Event.
The news, which will once again give fuel to the argument that poker is a skill game, means Ivey has already cashed for $1.2million – which is about as much as he is rumored to play craps for on his way out of most poker tournaments.
He will be joined by eight others at the November finale including poker journalist and pro Jeff Shulman and English young gun James Akenhead. The resounding chip leader is Darvin Moon, a man who has never played a World Series event before this. Moon will certainly have the advantage when he comes back to the Rio, armed with 58.9m in chips – almost six times as much as crowd favorite Ivey.
The final nine was decided when Jordan Smith had his aces cracked by Moon’s pocket eights on a 8-high flop. Smith check-raised all in on the flop and was instantly called by Darvin’s flopped nuts.
Final table chip counts and seating.
Seat 1: Darvin Moon - 58,930,000
Seat 2: James Akenhead - 6,800,000
Seat 3: Phil Ivey - 9,765,000
Seat 4: Kevin Schaffel - 12,390,000
Seat 5: Steven Begleiter - 29,885,000
Seat 6: Eric Buchman - 34,800,000
Seat 7: Joe Cada - 13,215,000
Seat 8: Antoine Saout - 9,500,000
Seat 9: Jeff Shulman - 19,580,00.