But, I guess, if a notoriously soft player happens to then sit down at your own personal $500/$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em online table, it's just bad form not to sit and take his money for a while.
That was the case last night as Ivey - fresh from his first WPT title at the L.A. Poker Classic on Thursday, a flight to Vegas and two more days of play ending in a semi-final loss to Chris "Jesus" Ferguson in the NBC Heads-Up Championship - found himself right back at his high-stakes Ivey Deathmatch table on Full Tilt Poker.
For a little while, anyway.
This time, perhaps the most dominant force in poker squared off with guaranteed376 who, after a big winning session against Genius28 last week, may have been looking to roll his profits over against a possibly exhausted and less-sharp Ivey.
On the whole it looked like a short session, lasting only an hour or two and with fairly few huge Ivey-esque pots. And, in the end, it did appear as though Ivey came out ahead.
But, giving credence to the exhuastion theory, guaranteed376 did manage to take at least one big pot - for $107,998.50 - which ended up being the biggest Hold'em pot online over the last 24 hours.
Here's how the big hand began:
Full Tilt Poker Game #5477705591: Table Ivey Deathmatch - $500/$1,000 - No-Limit Hold'em - 21:51:49 ET - 2008/03/02
Seat 1: Phil Ivey ($210,991.50)
Seat 2: guaranteed376 ($53,994.50)
Phil Ivey posts the small blind of $500
guaranteed376 posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #1
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Phil Ivey raises to $3,000
guaranteed376 calls $2,000
*** FLOP ***
Phil Ivey bets $4,000
guaranteed376 calls $4,000
*** TURN ***
Phil Ivey bets $11,000
guaranteed376 has 15 seconds left to act
guaranteed376 raises to $46,994.50, and is all-in
Phil Ivey calls $35,994.50
To see the full hand history, the rest of the Top 10 biggest Hold'em pots won online over the last day, week and month, and lots more industry stats, jump over to the PokerListings.com MarketPulse section.
To check out an exclusive PokerListings.com interview with Ivey minutes after he won the LAPC main event, visit the Live Tournaments section right here.
RGA supports EC online gambling action
Last week the European Commission announced it has formally requested that Greece and the Netherlands amend their online gambling laws to follow European Union laws.
This follows their consideration of replies from both nations to the EC's request for information about their online gambling policies. The EC was seeking to verify whether the restriction in question complied with the EU Treaty, which guarantees the free movement of services.
The EC determined that the online gambling restrictions didn't comply with EU laws, saying that the restrictions "have not been shown to be necessary, proportionate and non-discriminatory."
The decision comes in part because both nations have recently introduced new addictive games and intensive advertising, and neither has implemented concrete measures against gambling addiction. That's clear evidence that neither country is promoting a consistent and systematic policy aimed at genuinely reducing gambling opportunities.
"In the face of sometimes very strong opposition, it does the Commission great credit that it continues to fulfill its role as guardian of the Treaty in such a robust and objective way," said Clive Hawkswood, RGA chief executive.
"Coming on the heels of its decision in January to take similar action against Germany and Sweden, this should send a strong signal across Europe that protectionism in the gambling sector will not be tolerated."
Greece and the Netherlands now have two months to respond to the EC's request by amending their online gambling policies or providing more evidence that their laws fall within the European Treaty guidelines.
If the EC doesn't receive a satisfactory reply within that time frame, it may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice. The Court of Justice has previously ruled that restrictions which seek to protect general interest objectives, such as the protection of consumers, must be "consistent and systematic" in how they seek to limit gambling activities.
A Member State can't invoke the need to restrict its citizens' access to gambling services if at the same time it encourages them to participate in state lotteries, games of chance or betting which benefits the state's finances.
- EC Takes Action Against Greece, Netherlands
- EC Eyeing Germany, Sweden Net Gambling Laws
- Dutch Stepping Up Net Gambling Restrictions
Annette_15 takes down PokerStars Hundred Grand
Obrestad outlasted 20,000 (!) opponents to take down the $20,000 first-place prize (that's $1 for every opponent she outlasted, for those of you keeping track at home). The Norwegian phenom continually declined when opponents suggested a deal in the chatbox.
She beat joeshambles in heads-up play to win yet another online tournament.
Of course it was Sunday so there was plenty of action to go around. Online player nordlending outlasted players like Steve Billirakis, James Mackey and Sorel Mizzi in the $5,200 freezeout event to get into heads-up play against Steve Paul-Ambrose. Nordlending emerged victorious and won $100,000 in the process.
Meanwhile the big show - the Sunday Million - busted through the 8,000-player mark with 8,063 players registered.
In the end s0stndrd beat vm1124 in heads-up play to win first place and $160,102 (based on a two-way deal).
Here are the complete results from this Sunday:
PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up Results
Based on finishing order and two-way deal
1. TheKaas (United States) $96,352.96
2. Kid Wonder (United States) $80,000
3. Riepers (Turkey) $42,803.46
4. TenthPlanet (United States) $33,810
5. busto_soon (Netherlands) $26,507.04
6. djk123 (United States) $19,609.80
7. Blotzilla (Germany) $14,200.20
8. lilfaithisal (United States) $8,925.84
9. Rabbiej (Netherlands) $5,274.36
PokerStars $5,200 Freezeout Results
1. nordlending (Norway) $100,000
PokerStars Sunday Hundred Grand Results
1. Annette_15 (Norway) $20,000
2. joeshambles (United Kingdom) $10,000
3. am-crm (Switzerland) $7,000
4. pudandsteff (United Kingdom) $5,000
5. to tall (United States) $3,000
6. solace8686 (United States) $2,000
7. Urdum57 (United States) $1,600
8. Dirk905 (Canada) $1,300
9. DDP67 (Canada) $1,000
PokerStars Sunday Million Results
Based on finishing order and two-way deal
1. s0stndrd (Australia) $160,102.98
2. vm1124 (United States) $150,000
3. DrunkPPlaya (United States) $70,954.40
4. ShipThatIsh (United States) $52,409.50
5. himpapawid (United States) $40,315
6. colonelkosta (United Kingdom) $28,220.50
7. ckingusc (United States) $19,351.20
8. Moneylives (United States) $13,707.10
9. hummylun (United States) $9,353.08
Bodog Poker Open kicks off this week
Online poker room Bodog Poker kicks off the inaugural installment of their tournament series, The Bodog Poker Open, on March 3rd with a $250 No Limit event that will have $10,000 added to the prize pool. The entire schedule is reprinted below. All of the ��...full article
Online poker room Bodog Poker kicks off the inaugural installment of their tournament series, The Bodog Poker Open, on March 3rd with a $250 No Limit event that will have $10,000 added to the prize pool. The entire schedule is reprinted below.
All of the events in the BPO have substantial amounts added to the pool as Bodog looks to generate interest in the series.
Chris Ferguson wins the National Heads Up Poker Championship
Adding an exclamation point to an already impressive NHUPC resume, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson triumphed over a field of 63 opponents to bring home the 2008 National Heads Up Poker Championship title. Ferguson defeated fellow Full Tilt Poker pro Andy Bloch to win the title and half ��...full article
Adding an exclamation point to an already impressive NHUPC resume, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson triumphed over a field of 63 opponents to bring home the 2008 National Heads Up Poker Championship title.
Ferguson defeated fellow Full Tilt Poker pro Andy Bloch to win the title and half a million in cash.
This year marked Ferguson’s third appearance at the final table in four attempts, a pretty astounding feat.
For some excellent photos from the final match, check out Poker Prof’s blog here.
For detailed coverage on the match, visit PN.com here.