Phil Ivey Might Be Good at Poker?

Phil is a complete sicko.

There are not many people in the world who can pull off a move like this.

The reason Phil decides to 5bet all in here is because he feels Lex has a weak range of hands to 4bet from his own straddle. Phil figures Lex is trying to defend his straddle and also pick off his weak 3bet of Barry’s opening raise.

It is perfectly fine to 4bet in that spot for Lex, but he might think again at taking a shot at Ivey’s re-steal after this hand.

Ivey’s read was spot on, and he trusts himself enough to pull off moves like this knowing he is going to be right most of the time.

Ivey has a “feel” for what is going on at the tables at all times.

Ivey also has a complete disdain for money, and plays poker better than anyone on this planet because of it.

He isn’t afraid to lose,and is willing to makes super advanced moves like this that no one would even consider if they attached any kind of value to money.


The MTT Grind

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My Biggest Cashes To Date (click to enlarge)

It has been a fun ride since I started focusing exclusively on multi-table tournaments on

When Full Tilt was around, the cash games were very juicy, but all the money is now in tournament poker in the online world.

I have played close to 1,200 tournaments since November of 2011, and have netted close to $8,000 in profits.

It took me almost 1,000 tournaments to hit my first big score, which goes to show how much of a grind it can be to play multi-table tournaments profitably. I can definitely say I have become a better player through experience, and that was probably the reason I was able to hit another big upswing 200 tournaments later.

This is why I play tournament poker.

This is why I grind day in and day out, for the big cash.

To be successful in tournaments, you can’t focus on simply cashing, you have to focus on winning.

I have three goals when I sit down for a tournament:

1. To make the money

2. To make the final table

3. To win the tournament.

Although my biggest scores have come from 2nd and 3rd place finishes,  I have won a few tournaments along the way for some nice cashes as well.

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My MTT Graph over 1,200 Tournaments

In the two tournaments I finished in 2nd, I was the favorite with all the chips in the middle, only to get unlucky on the river.

It is a sickening feeling to have thousands of dollars change hands on a single card, but it makes me hungry to be back in those spots again.

And hey, the 2nd place consolation prize ain’t that bad either! ūüôā

For my latest series on tournament poker end-game strategies, check out this article: Multi-Table Tournament Poker End-Game Strategies Part I: The Money Bubble

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