Phil Ivey, who is considered one of the best poker players in the world, has made it to the final table of nine players at the World Series of Poker. The living poker legend out lasted a field of 6494. The final event is scheduled for November.
Ivey was supported early in his career by Murder Inc’s Irv Gotti and had this to say about being the second Black player to make it to the final table in 40 years
Ivey had to work his way up Wednesday into the final nine after dropping a “bunch of hands in a row.” But he’s already won two other events this year at the World Series, giving him seven WSOP championship bracelets in his career.
“I’m in a zone. I’m playing good … and I’m just grinding on every hand and trying to do my best,” he says.
He is the second black player to make the final table in the Main Event in the 40-year history of the WSOP. David Williams did it in 2004 and finished runner-up to Chris Moneymaker.
“There haven’t been too many … black players to play the game,” says Ivey. “Hopefully, with me playing and my success, there will be more that are successful.”
He added, “I don’t really recommend this as a profession. So the fact that there aren’t that many, I’m not really too disappointed in that because I know how tough it is to make it in this business.”
Congrats. We will be watching in November and be looking for the brother to make history.