All of the trouble that went on at the former Full Tilt Poker was well documented, with Phil Ivey himself wanting absolutely nothing to do with the site and even filing a lawsuit of his own to get out of any contract that he may have had with them.
This led to him taking a year off from online poker, with him only returning once the former Full Tilt regime was over with and the site had been bought and re-launched by PokerStars.
He officially returned earlier this month, one month after the site had re-opened its doors, with him opting to go for a new screen name of “Polarizing”. We are unsure if there is anything meant by that new name, whether it is his very own brand of wry humour or it has some kind of secret meaning, we guess only time will tell us.
Hasn’t Lost His Touch
Well, despite the break, Ivey has yet again been tearing up the high stakes cash tables since his return. In fact just before Christmas Day, Ivey managed to take down yet another $460k profit after having sessions on both PokerStars and FTP.
What makes these kinds of achievements even better is that he is playing against other regular high stakes players who are of the utmost quality; these are seasoned pros that make a living at these tables. He has come back into the fold and literally carried on where he left off more than a year ago.
The biggest contributors to Ivey’s last haul of profit were Alex “Alexonmoon” Luneau and Sebastian “Seb86” Sabic, who handed Ivey $450k between them.
Just to prove that Ivey is human, he didn’t have it all his own way, as he lost a large sum in a later session on the $200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha tables on FTP before knowing when to quit and moving across to PokerStars. As “RaiseOnce” on PokerStars he managed to recoup all of those losses and in fact win $60k in around just 20 minutes when up against the mystery player “Barcode”.
If Ivey can keep this kind of form up for 2013, it will be interesting to see if he can beat the sort of profits that Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky has made through high stakes action this year. It could prove to be a thrilling fight for the number one spot, that is of course if “Sauce123” himself can keep up his winning ways going into next year.
We already cannot wait for that prospective high stakes battle, though there could be other names making a challenge too. Bring on 2013!