If Poker is not a skill game; then how do you explain the Phil Ivey Phenomenon?
Posted on June 28, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
Fans, players and fanatics of the game are posing the question of how do you explain poker being categorized gambling when you have Phil Ivey as the best example to prove this wrong. Many people have begun to wonder whether the Phil Ivey phenomenon needs scientific research. Poker is clearly a game of skill in the long stage but when we talk about short-term situations such as poker tournaments luck plays a very important part. So how can a player like Ivey pick to win tournaments at will ? Perhaps this is the reason he is considered unanimously by his colleagues as the leading player in the world and not just in cash games where deep stacks and reloads are an advantage but even more in tournaments where his skill comes to surface. Recently, Ivey won his eighth World Series of Poker bracelet on the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, where he received $330,000.
Let’s try a reminder of the exploits of Phil Ivey exclusively for the WSOP. See what which events gave him the eight bracelets over the last 10 years and the profits Ivey obtained;
2000 – $ 2,500 Pot Limit Omaha ($ 195,000)
2002 – $ 2,500 7-Card Stud Hi / Lo ($ 118,440)
2002 – $ 2,000 S.H.O.E. ( $ 107,540 )
2002 – $ 1,500 7-Card Stud ($ 132,000)
2005 – $ 5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha ($ 635,603)
2009 – $ 2,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball ($ 96,367)
2009 – $ 2,500 Omaha/7-Card Stud Hi / Lo ($ 220,538)
2010 – $ 3,000 H.O.R.S.E. ( $ 329,840 )
Note 1: There is as you see a gap between 2002 and 2005. Ivey was not as interested in the tournament this time and this is a very logical explanation: even the prize of first place for most of the bracelets are less than the buy-in cash games in the mainstream which is struggling! The 2009 decision to pull out several million dollars from bracelet bets suddenly becomes a big ‘ boom with two titles! Obviously, the last bracelet was worth much more than $329.840 (as Ivey is estimated to have won about 12 million U.S. dollars in side bets) which perhaps are rumors.
Note 2: Variations of the game . Really how can you be equally capable in all variations of poker? Tom “durrrr” Dwan surprised everyone with his skills in NL and PLO, but Ivey is equally good in all its variations. So let’s summarize : a leading player in the world on Holdem, Omaha, Stud, Draw, Lowball, mixed games, tournament poker and cash game poker; he simply has the advantage everywhere! And all this from scratch he played for 16 hours a day in Atlantic City losing all his money with a fake ID before reaching the age of 21 and was forced to sleep in the street.
A reporter described the phenomenon of Phil Ivey by using a quote coming from Terry Pratchett” If you believe in yourself, and you dreams, just follow your star you will be defeated by people who have spent years working hard, continuously learning thing!”
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