Over the past decade, Phil Ivey has appeared on numerous TV shows and tournament broadcasts, providing the poker world with hundreds of entertaining moments. Let’s take a look at ten moments from Ivey’s televised appearances that show off his abilities.
10. Making Money the Limp Way
This is one of the best examples of Phil Ivey’s fearlessness. Even among the best players out there, not many would consider limping with complete rags and then taking down a 5-way limped pot with pure aggression and great reads.
9. Chinese Businessmen Have Nothing on Phil Ivey
One great thing about being Phil Ivey, even the amateur players can be afraid of you. In fact, sometimes they might be so afraid of you that they will lay down sets on scare cards.
8. Phil Ivey vs Jason Mercier
If you are holding a middle pair, get 3-bet preflop and then 4-bet all-in on a dry flop in a $400,000 pot, you might think that your opponent is pretty strong, especially when that opponent is a world class player like Jason Mercier. Well, Phil Ivey wouldn’t have earned his reputation if he didn’t make the call in a spot like this and be correct.
7. Squeeze with Air
One of the hardest things to master in poker is the squeeze play, but apparently Phil Ivey has got that one down pretty well, even against world class competition.
6. Phil Ivey vs Tom Dwan
One of the few players who can be called a nemesis of Phil Ivey is Tom Dwan. These two have produced some of their most amazing plays battling each other over the years and many times Tom has managed to come out on top of Phil. However, Ivey was never shy about pulling some moves of his own when necessary, even if it meant 5-betting preflop with rags.
5. Phil Ivey vs Lex Velhuis
Lex Velhuis might be one hell of a bluffer and a good overall player, but 4-betting Phil Ivey preflop is just out of his league. Despite Lex judging the situation perfectly, Ivey still managed to see through his plan and leave Lex one step behind.
4. One of the Best Poker Faces in the World
If you want to be the best, you have to have a superb poker face. Once you become the best, you are eventually going to end up in some sort of commercial. Once that happens, ask Phil Ivey for help since he knows exactly how to apply his skills when shooting a commercial.
3. 4-Betting on the Flop with Air
This is probably one of the most iconic moments in Ivey’s rise to poker stardom. After the horrible suckout by Chris Moneymaker against Ivey on the bubble of the 2003 Main Event final table, Ivey was quickly becoming a household name in poker, but it was this fearless bluff on the flop that really showed the incredible skill set that Ivey brings to the table.
2. Doyle’s Impersonation of Phil Ivey
You know you are at the top when Doyle Brunson himself takes the time to do an impression of you.
1. The Moneymaker River
At the time it was probably one of the most heartbreaking moments Phil Ivey has ever experienced, but if he knew back then that it was just the beginning of great things to come, he would have probably smiled about that ace on the river.