Ten-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Phil Ivey now has a new accolade to his name. Ivey has officially been indicted into the WSOP Poker Hall of Fame. The professional poker player, who is now 40, has become eligible for the title for the first time this year, with his ten bracelets now second only to the 14 won by Phil Helmuth. It’s important to note that Ivey in fact earned his gold and diamonds at a younger age than Helmuth as well.
A Blue Ribbon media panel joined forces with current members of the Hall of Fame to cast votes and induct David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot and Ivey into the 2017 Hall of Fame Class. Now, there can be no more doubt that the two highly successful players have cemented their positions as two of the world’s most highly skilled poker players.
Phil Ivey is one of professional poker’s biggest names, and his face and name are instantly recognisable, having been featured in national media, television, and sports and lifestyle publications. Ivey’s skill, persona and playing style have also helped massively to increase the public’s awareness of poker as a sport and draw new players to its competitive side.
On learning of his induction into the WSOP Hall of Fame, Ivey commented, saying that he wishes to thank WSOP, the media members who voted for him, and all of the current, living members of the Hall of Fame for choosing him for the title. It is an honour to have been chosen for induction alongside poker legends such as Doyle Brunson and Chip Reese, Ivey said.
The pro player continued, noting that he loves poker and that the game has ‘done a lot for [him]’. He revealed that he is one of the lucky few who has been able to make a living from playing a game that he is passionate about to this day, and noted that he is just as passionate about poker now as he was when he played his first ever event at Binion’s Horseshoe. The WSOP, Ivey said, holds a ‘special place in [his] heart’, and he mentioned that he is impressed to see how much the sport has grown over the past two decades.
Lastly, Ivey thanked his family, friends, and all his fans that have supported him on his journey. Currently, Ivey ranks 5th for all-time poker tournament winnings, having won a truly impressive sum over $23 million over the course of his career. Furthermore, at just 40 years of age, there is still time for him to become the world’s most revered poker player of all time, cementing himself in history as a truly gifted poker pro.