Phil Ivey Makes Headlines Wins Triton Poker Short Deck Cyprus Event
- Phil Ivey has pocketed over $1 million after a win at Triton Poker Cyprus
- Ivey’s latest victory marks his fourth Short Deck title
- Other notables such as Daniel Cates and Mikita Badziakouski failed to cash
He topped a field of 51 players and outclassed Wai Kiat Lee heads-up to take home $1,170,000 in top prize and his fourth title in the hugely popular format.
The 51-entry field dwindled to just 11 when Day 2 of the tournament began. Daniel Cates, Chis Brewer, Mikita Badziakouski and Wai Kin Yong failed to reach the money after being eliminated before the 7-handed final table was formed.
Ivey scored the first elimination, sending Ivan Leow to the rail in 7th place for $194,500. The Poker Hall of Famer went on to eliminate Richard Yong who finished 6th for $241,000. His knockout streak continued with the elimination of Jason Koon who earned $315,000 for his 5th-place finish. At this point, Ivey grabbed the chip lead previously held by Mike Watson.
The next player to go was Elton Tsang, courtesy of the eventual runner-up Wai Kat Lee. Tsang bowed out of the game in 4th place with $408,000 in winnings. Ivey then finished off Watson who settled for 3rd place, collecting $538,000.
Heads-up play began with Ivey significantly ahead in chips and the action didn’t last long as Lee was eliminated right in the first hand. The Malaysian poker pro walked away with $840,000 for his runner-up finish.
Ivey’s Impressive Short Deck Record
Ivey’s latest victory further cemented his reputation as one of the world’s best Short Deck players, with his most recent tournament wins coming in the action-packed format.
In August 2021, he took down the $25K Short Deck tournament at the Super High Roller Bowl Europe in Kyrenia, Cyprus for $408,000. Back in March 2020, he also won a $50K Short Deck event at the partypoker MILLIONS Super High Roller Series in Sochi for $856,050. His first Short Deck victory took place in May 2018 at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Montenegro where he earned $604,992.
Apart from that, Ivey also scored multiple final table finishes in the Short Deck format, taking home six-figure payouts.