Wednesday, June 11, 2008

2008 WSOP Day 12: A Day in the Life of Phil Ivey

Written by Pauly
Las Vegas, NV

I read the news today, oh boy. About a lucky man who made the grade. And though the news was rather sad, well, I just had to laugh. I saw the photograph...

Some days I get to lead the good life. Take Tuesday evening for example. For a couple of hours, the big story involved Phil Ivey's off the felt activities. Everyone was intrigued, so much so that a dozen or so media vultures who sweated Phil Ivey, who was sweating the Lakers game.

By now you know about the rumor that Phil Ivey has a $2 million bet on the Lakers winning the NBA playoffs. With the Lakers down 2-0, Ivey was intensely sweating Game 3. He supposedly greased the guy with the remote to turn off the tournament clock and out the Lakers/Celtics game on instead.

The afternoon began for Phil Ivey with Day 2 of the Event #18 for the Deuce-to-Seven Rebuy event. He was in for 60K worth of rebuys and add-ons. Unreal. Ivey made it to Day 2 but made a disappointing and early exit. Ivey bought into the Limit event at 5pm and got a constant massage for the first hour.

The game started right around 6pm. For the next three hours, Ivey could not sit still. He stood up a lot, paced back and forth, and constantly checked his crackberry. I had never seen so much emotion out of Ivey before. His usual expressionless face that was cool as a tenor sax solo from John Coltrane had disappeared and replaced by intervals of anxiety.

Benjo took several photos of Ivey's infatuation with Game 3.

The view from the press box.

What Phil Ivey sees.

Danny: "I can't believe you actually bet the Lakers, you donkey!"
Ivey: "Sit your ass down, cracker."

"Dammit, that Dr. Pauly sure twitters alot."

"Lakers down by 2 at the end of the 3rd. Maybe I should've bet the Celtics?"

"Where's the foul? Fuckin' NBA is rigged."

Lakers 87, Celtics 81

Thanks to Benjo for the photos.

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