Phil Ivey has proved his doubters wrong after the latest round of results. Phil Ivey reached his record-setting 9th final table on Thursday at the World Poker Tour (WPT) Bellagio Cup VI. Getting down to three-handed play, two formidable players stood in his way: Moritz Kranich and Justin Smith.
Kranich won The French Open back in 2009, the European Poker Tour’s championship stop in Deauville, France for $1,208,175. Smith, who is known as “Boosted J” online, made it back-to-back final tables with his performance, having taken 3rd in the very same event last year.
Phil Ivey gained the chip lead at one point, but failed to see it through to the money presentation. With unrelenting blinds, Ivey’s shove of Q4 was called by the K8 of Smith. An 8 on the flop sealed Ivey’s fate, as he went on to bust in 3rd place, walking away with $363,650.
With the massive blinds swelling over their heads, Smith was all-in and behind on the turn, after Kranich’s K10 peeled a K to take the lead over his JJ. The river flopped a blank and Kranich sealed himself the $875, 150 victory. For his improvement from last year’s third to this year’s second, Smith added $594,755 to his bankroll.