The 2005 World Series of Poker would see poker stars and veterans all collect WSOP bracelets throughout the 45-event schedule. Erik Seidel, T.J. Cloutier, Barry Greenstein, Todd Brunson, Johnny Chan, David Chiu, and Doyle Brunson were just a handful of the names adding WSOP gold to their trophy case.
One of the brightest stars and most alluring poker personalities would be one of the youngest players ever to win their fifth WSOP bracelet when Phil Ivey of Las Vegas, Nevada, won Event #27: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha.
Ivey navigated his way through the 134-entrant field and entered the final table as the overwhelming chip leader ahead of fellow tournament professionals Allen Cunningham of Las Vegas, Nevada, Robert Williamson III of Dallas, Texas, Surindar Sunar of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, and Phil Hellmuth of Palo Alto, California.
In this PokerGO video, action begins on the money bubble with ten players remaining. Ivey eliminates Richard St. Peter of Chicago, Illinois, to help ensure Hellmuth set the record of number of WSOP cashes. Unfortunately, Hellmuth’s quest for his tenth WSOP bracelet ended in eighth place before a double knockout courtesy of Ivey followed next.
Both Sigi Stockinger of Linz, Austria, and Ed Scharf of Cologne, Germany, were all-in with top set and bottom set respectively against the nut-flush draw of Ivey. The flush came in on the turn, followed by a brick on the river, and both Stockinger and Scharf exited in sixth and seventh place respectively.
Ivey now sat with half the chips in play and would eliminate Cunningham in fourth when his flush held against Cunningham’s top set. Play progresses to heads-up play as both Williamson III and Ivey flop trips. By the river, Ivey’s superior kicker keeps him ahead and Williamson III pays off Ivey’s big river bet.
The final hand sees Ivey flop the nut straight as Williamson III commits the last of his chips with top pair and some backdoor draws. Williamson III needs runner-runner, but it doesn’t go his way, and Ivey is crowned the winner and collects the $635,603 first-place prize.
Ivey’s WSOP career began back in 2000, and by the time he turned 28-years old, he had collected five WSOP bracelets. Although his volume at the WSOP has decreased in recent years, Ivey is still one of the most elite players at the WSOP having amassed over $7.1 million in WSOP earnings that includes ten WSOP bracelets 70 WSOP-affiliated cashes.
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About the World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2019, the event attracted 187,298 entrants from 118 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and awarded more than $293 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. All WSOP events are subject to the then-current and applicable WSOP tournament rules. For more information, please visit www.wsop.com.