Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 5:20 a.m.
Final Table and Payouts
- 1. Phil Ivey- $329,840
- 2. Bill Chen- $203,802
- 3. John Juanada- $129,553
- 4. Ken Aldridge- $93,418
- 5. Jeffrey Lisandro- $68,417
- 6. David Baker- $50,871
- 7. Albert Hahn- $38,391
- 8. Chad Brown- $29,406
- 9. Ryan Hughes- $22,849
Phil Ivey is back on top of the poker world.
Seven months after finishing seventh in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, Ivey won his eighth World Series of Poker championship early Tuesday morning at the Rio.
Ivey won a $3,000 HORSE — a five-game mix of hold'em, Omaha, razz, stud and stud high-low split eight or better — tournament to further establish his reputation as the world's best poker player.
At only 34 years old, Ivey has the fifth-most World Series of Poker bracelets. Ivey won $329,840 for his latest triumph, and made much more than that in bracelet side bets with fellow poker pros.
The three-day tournament's final round started at 3 p.m. Monday with 25 players remaining from the 478 original entries.
It didn't finish until nearly 5 a.m. Tuesday when Ivey overcame a 4-to-1 chip disadvantage to beat Bill Chen in heads-up play during a razz round.
At the beginning of their heads-up match, Chen could not be stopped. Chen, who won two World Series of Poker bracelets in 2006, had dominated the summer's toughest final table.
Between the nine players at the HORSE final table, there were a combined 18 World Series bracelets. Renowned pro John Juanada finished in third for $129,553.
Jeffrey Lisandro, last year's World Series Player of the Year, came in fifth for $68,417. Another well-known pro, Chad Brown, finished in eighth for $29,406.
Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.