Phil Ivey is back playing at the WSOP but Tom Dwann and Phil Laak are Missing In Action on the poker tables elsewhere. What does this say about how much a WSOP Bracelet is worth to these players this year?
Phil Ivey back at WSOP
Phil Ivey did not play one single Event at last years WSOP, either for the personal reasons he gave or one of the greatest life squeeze plays ever that also avoided the ‘if looks could kill’ from Full Tilt Poker players. Think how much that must have cost him in Bracelet bets, did he buy himself out of the bets or were they allowed to ride over to this year?
Now Phil Ivey is back and looks to be building up to attack speed – to take on all comers heads on and Heads Up to win his 9th Bracelet. Ivey played Event 2, the $1,500 buy in NLH tournament but busted out to our favourite named poker player – not being sexist as its our favourite name amongst male and female players – the delightful Mario Ho.
And what a welcome back Phil Ivey to the WSOP bustout it was!
Pre flop Ivey re raised Ho and he was all ins with pocket 10′s (not suited tut tut) and had to be very pleased to see Ho’s 10c Jd and the wonderful flop of 9c 3c 2h. Then the river and the turn came 7d and 8d. Welcome back Ivey and Goodbye!
Where are Tom Dwann and Phil Laak?
Tom Dwann and Phil Laak are not at the WSOP 2012. Tom Dwann is said to be (still?) playing in the new home of the Big Game in Macua. Considering how many Bracelet bets Durrrr normally has (last year it was said he nearly broke the poker economy when 1 place away from winning a Bracelet) what does it take to keep him away from this years WSOP? Unless he has no Bracelet bets or is going to start his WSOP in the next few weeks. How much money is he be winning at Macua?
pokerQ4 and we bet ChipTic had been hoping that Durrrr would be playing, so his tactic of multi-tabling the WSOP tournaments could test out ChipTic and show poker news sites what the benefits of it were.
Phil Laak is also MIA but then Laak always does things different to everyone else and it works for him. Perhaps he is going to wait until everyone else is fatigued and then strike while the iron and value is hot. But hopefully better than when Scott Baumstein tried the same trick against Phil Laak during the The Big balls up Game.