Phil Ivey Wins WPT Heads-Up Poker Championship For $400,000
The WPT Heads-Up Poker Championship promised a lot of high stakes poker action and delivered as 32 top poker players in the world put down $25,000 and competed in some fast paced poker action that saw them pair off against each other by random matchmaking which resulted in some really great matches.
The format during the first four playoff rounds was based on a best of three format while the WPT Heads-Up Poker Championship final was based on a best of five format. The two players who made it to the final were top Finnish poker pro Patrik Antonious and Poker Hall of Famer Phil Ivey.
Phil Ivey did not have it easy at the WPT Heads-Up Poker Championship as he had to out a number of top poker pros including Stephen Chidwick, Anthony Zinno, Christopher Kruk and Manig Loeser. Antonious also had to work hard to make it to the finals as he had to take out an aggressive Doug Polk and Sam Greenwood.
Ivey and Antonious were definitely worthy contenders to battle it out in the finals and fans were interested to see these two veteran players test their skills against one another yet again. They have a lot of history together as they have played each other numerous times on top poker shows such as High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark. They have been rivals back when Full Tilt Poker was around.
The poker community was expecting it to be a closely contested final and expected it to go down to the 5th and final match. However, Ivey was in great form and succeeded in winning three consecutive games and taking down Antonious rather easily. Ivey took home $400,000 for his first place finish while Antonious had to settle for $200,000.
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Ivey Back To Playing Poker In America
Phil Ivey’s great run at the Heads-Up Poker Championship has once again started a buzz on social media if he is indeed the greatest poker player of all time. Ivey has not played a lot of poker in the United States in recent years due to his legal troubles but has done well for himself playing high stakes poker overseas. He now has over $31 million in career prize money.
Phil Ivey is expected to play at the 2021 WSOP and will look to add to his tally of 10 WSOP bracelets.