Is Phil Ivey Going To Play The Main Event?

What do you think? Will Phil Ivey now make an appearance at this year's WSOP?

One underreported aspect of the recent (potentially) good news on the sale of Full Tilt Poker is: does this open the door for Phil Ivey to play in the 2011 WSOP Main Event?

When Ivey sued Full Tilt, he said he did not feel comfortable playing in any WSOP events since U.S. players hadn’t received any money back post-4/15. While U.S. players are still likely a ways away from receiving their funds, it appears appropriate steps have been taken–through the potential sale of Tilt to Ivey’s White KnightTM group–to ensure the aforementioned receiving of funds does take place.

The $50,000 Players Championship starts today–but we don’t expect Ivey to enter it. There’s still too much to business to wrap up in Dublin. However, with the Main Event starting on Thursday (and running four Day 1’s), does that give Ivey enough time to, with a clear conscience, get back into the 2011 WSOP?

What do you think? Will Phil Ivey play in the 2011 WSOP Main Event? Should he? Weigh in in our comments section.


5 Responses

  1. wass

    July 3, 2011 4:47 pm, Reply

    really unlikely… still too much to do, too many questions that will be asked, too close to all of this.  Ivey sits the whole year out. 

  2. Digdug84

    July 4, 2011 6:47 pm, Reply

    I think he’s going to play, he dropped the lawsuit…things are looking up with the Euro investors.

  3. Tony SanFilippo

    July 4, 2011 8:37 pm, Reply

    I think Ivey will not play the main event.  The deal with FTP will not be complete, and I think he realizes that playing the main even will force people to question his integrity  and lead to a bit of a PR problem at a time when he doesn’t want to open himself up to that kind of bad press.

  4. Danm

    July 5, 2011 12:46 am, Reply

    Where can I place an online wager w you of “no effin way” in re Ivey playing?

    Then again, if it’s only $150mm, how hard is that to get? I mean heck, even you and I know people w access to that much cash. Almost impossible to believe that bitar, Lederer, Ivey, ferguson, et al don’t … Which has to make you wonder how come this hasn’t been a done deal long ago.

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