Phil Ivey All-Time Tournament Leader
Poker pro Phil Ivey may not live near Atlantic City these days, (Like The Miss America Pageant, he moved to Las Vegas), but the resort’s casinos are still where he cut his teeth and learned the game. So that now means A.C. has produced poker’s all-time leader on the tournament money list.
Ivey moved past pro Daniel Negraneu with a second place finish Monday at the $100,000 Challenge at the 2010 Aussie Millions in Melbourne. Ivey’s about $600,000 payday leaves him with about $12.8 million in tournament cashes.
Ivey lost to Dan Shak of Bryn Mawr Pa., who took in $1.2 million. On the final hand, Shak pushed all in on the short-stacked Ivey with ace, seven of clubs. Ivey called with ace, 10 of diamonds. Shak then hit a seven of hearts on the flop and no help came to Ivey on the turn or river.
“This is something I’ve been working towards for such a long time and I may not show the excitement, but inside I’m extremely excited.” Shak told PokerListings.com after the tournament. “I’m not going to jump up and down, but inside I probably already am.”
The 24 player tournament carried a $100,000 buy-in.”
And in a startling coincidence, Shak’s ex-wife is poker pro Beth Shak, who is scheduled to be in the main event of the Borgata Winter Open that starts Saturday. Beth Shak posted a “congratulations” on twitter after the tournament — “Congrats 2 Dan..not enough money in the world to change my marital status,” she joked.
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