Phil Ivey’s tremendous run of recent results continued on Monday with his second victory during this trip to North Cyprus. Ivey won Super High Roller Series Europe Event #4: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $640,000, defeating Ali Imsirovic in heads-up play. Ivey topped a field of 32 entries to get the victory.

“It’s still nice,” Ivey said of winning. “It’s always nice to win a tournament.”

Across the joint series involving Triton Poker Cyprus and Super High Roller Series Europe that has been running at Merit Royal Hotel Casino & Spa in North Cyprus, Ivey has five cashes, and they’re all top-five appearances, and two victories.

“I’m enjoying playing,” Ivey said. “I’m enjoying playing these tournaments. It’s fun.”

Ivey has now won $2,880,100 from his recent performances in North Cyprus, where he is the current frontrunner on the series leaderboard with 1,725 points. Ivey added 384 points by winning Event #4.

“I feel much more present at the table,” Ivey said, talking about his current mindset and work-life balance. “It definitely has helped my game. In my 20s and 30s, I played so much all the time. It was just poker, poker, poker. There was no balance and I ended up, let’s say, paying the price for that. So now I try to keep in mind what’s important and what’s not.”

Now with more than $35,000,000 in career live tournament earnings according to HendonMob.com, Ivey is ranked seventh on poker’s all-time money list. This win allowed him to jump Cary Katz on that leaderboard and go from eighth to seventh, where he is only a few thousand dollars behind Jason Koon. Ivey is having one of his best years ever on the live tournament scene and could make it even better from here being as it’s only April. The $2,880,100 he’s cashed for this year is his fifth-best year for live tournament cashes and he’s within $1,000,000 of it being his best-ever year.

“The game is constantly changing and evolving and you have to be aware of these changes, and be aware of how the players think,” Ivey said. “Everyone’s individual and I think you get your advantages over time, playing consistently with the same group of players, and paying attention to what they’re doing, and you improve. You know, it’s never too late to really improve your game.”

2022 Super High Roller Series Europe Event #4 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Phil Ivey United States $640,000
2nd Ali Imsirovic Bosnia and Herzegovina $416,000
3rd Joni Jouhkimainen Finland $256,000
4th Eelis Parssinen Finland $176,000
5th Dylan Weisman United States $112,000

Super High Roller Series Europe Event #4 took place at Merit Royal Hotel Casino & Spa in North Cyprus. The final table was live-streamed on PokerGO’s YouTube channel. The tournament had a $50,000 buy-in and drew 32 entries, generating a prize pool of $1,600,000. The top five finishes reached the money, with all players to cash earning PGT leaderboard points in addition to their cash prize.

Ivey’s Road To Victory in Event #4

Phil Ivey finished Day 1 of Event #4: $50,000 PLO in third chip position with seven players remaining. Only the top five finishers would make the money, meaning two players needed to go home before the field was in the money. First to bust on Monday was Tomas Ribeiro, falling in seventh place. Then it was Iakov Onuchin hitting the rail in sixth place to become the tournament’s “bubble boy.”

In the money, pot-limit Omaha wizard Dylan Weisman went out first. He was all in on the jack-nine-seven flop with ace-queen-eight-three against the king-queen-ten-four for Ivey. The turn was a four to give Ivey the lead. The river was a six to send Weisman to the rail with a $112,000 payday.

Finland’s Eelis Parssinen was next to bust, going out at the hands of Ali Imsirovic and taking home a $176,000 prize. That set up three-handed play between Ivey, Imsirovic, and the other Finnish player to reach the final table, Joni Jouhkimainen.

Jouhkimainen fell next, also hitting the rail at the hands of Imsirovic, and that set up the heads-up match between Ivey and Imsirovic. Imsirovic began the final duel with the chip lead, having 2,705,000 to Ivey’s 2,095,000, but things quickly went in Ivey’s direction.

Ivey quickly began picking up pot after pot against Imsirovic, grinding Imsirovic down to fewer than 1,000,000 chips and taking about a 4-1 chip advantage. From there, Ivey won even more chips. He first rivered a straight against Imsirovic’s set of sevens and Imsirovic was forced to fold the river. He then hit a set of jacks on the river against Imsirovic’s two pair.

Although Imsirovic did manage to find a double up after getting very short, the mountain of Ivey was too steep to climb.

On the final hand, the money went in on the queen-jack-three flop. Ivey had ace-ace-eight-four against Imsirovic’s king-queen-six-two. A four on the turn followed by a seven on the river gave Ivey the $640,000 triumph.

2022 Super High Roller Series Leaderboard Top 10

Phil Ivey extended his lead atop the Super High Roller Series Europe leaderboard further with the victory in Event #4: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. He’s now in first place with 1,725 points and is nearly 1,000 points clear of anyone else. Andras Nemeth is second with 738 points.

The player that accumulates the most PGT leaderboard points throughout all events will win the Super High Roller Series Championship and a $25,000 championship bonus.

Rank Player Country Points
1 Phil Ivey United States 1,725
2 Andras Nemeth Hungary 738
3 Winfred Yu Hong Kong 700
4 Jason Koon United States 700
5 Elton Tsang Hong Kong 653
6 Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 633
7 Tom Vogelsang Netherlands 616
8 Laszlo Bujtas Hungary 606
9 Lee Wai Kiat Malaysia 567
10 Ivan Leow Malaysia 537

Looking ahead, Ivey plans to be in action for the remainder of Super High Roller Series Europe, which includes the $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl, and he plans to play his best.

“You know, it’s just a bigger buy-in tournament,” Ivey said. “I’m going to try my hardest. It doesn’t matter if it’s a smaller buy-in tournament or a big buy-in tournament. I’m just going to give it all that I’ve got.”

Ivey Nipping At Imsirovic’s Heels On PGT Leaderboard

On the 2022 PokerGO Tour (PGT) leaderboard, Phil Ivey is now second with 1,725 points coming from two wins and five cashes. He trails only the player he beat in heads-up play to win Event #4, Ali Imsirovic. Imsirovic is in first place on the leaderboard with 1,839 points.

“There’s a lot of really, really good players out here now,” Ivey said of the top-level competition he faces on the PGT. “I took a lot of time off and it’s good to be back at it and get to business.”

The top 21 players as ranked on the PGT leaderboard will be invited to compete in a winner-take-all $500,000 freeroll at the end of the season to determine the PGT champion, with starting chips being determined by how many points are earned throughout the season.

2022 PokerGO Tour Leaderboard

Rank Name Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1st Ali Imsirovic 1,839 4 16 $2,879,700
2nd Phil Ivey 1,725 2 5 $2,880,100
3rd Isaac Kempton 1,375 0 3 $1,297,464
4th Alex Foxen 1,295 2 12 $1,629,002
5th Tony Sinishtaj 1,250 1 1 $1,655,952
6th Sean Winter 1,217 2 10 $1,855,100
7th Sean Perry 1,147 2 11 $1,615,508
8th Nick Petrangelo 1,119 3 5 $2,189,800
9th Jeremy Ausmus 1,049 2 9 $1,216,100
10th Alex Livingston 886 0 5 $917,599

Note: PokerGO Tour leaderboard accurate at the date of this article.

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