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October 29, 2005

The Honor Of Being Feared

Posted at October 29, 2005 07:11 AM in General Discussions , by Sack.

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Would you want that staring you down as you make a decision? I know I sure wouldn't! I'm happy to say one of my favorite players to watch and learn from came in at number ten on fox sport's list of the top ten most feared athletes. It's a fun list including a wide array of sport (including pool, boxing, video gaming, etc.). Here is what Peter Schrager had to say about Phil:

"10. Phil Ivey
Sport: Poker

Career Highlights: As a 23-year-old kid, Ivey won his first World Series of Poker Bracelet, defeating legends Phil Hellmuth and Amarillo Slim in a Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in 2000. In 2002, he won three WSOP bracelets in a year, tying a record held by only Hellmuth and poker great Ted Forrest. Ivey, reluctantly known as the "Tiger Woods of Poker", has also won several tournaments on the World Poker Tour circuit.

So, why are his opponents scared of him? Ivey is young, hip and unflappable. He has the idolization of those younger than him and the respect of his elders. Michael Craig describes Ivey in his sensational new book The Professor, The Banker and the Suicide King as a competitor with, "aggressive style, outer cool and a habit of dominating tournaments with multiple wins." No silly sunglasses, no gimmicks — Ivey is just all business, all the time. In a heads-up game of poker, Phil Ivey is likely the last person you'd want to see staring at you from across the felt table."

Couldn't have said it better myself! You gotta respect a man that can play aces the same way he'd play 7-2 at any time. All the while having the same demeanor, attitude, and class. A true ambassador of the game who can both win with flair and lose with style. If you've watched the main event this year, you saw the guy with very shaky hands playing against him... hilarious! One of the few people that if I played and lost to, I'd still brag about how I lost to Phil Ivey.

Pretty cool stuff and just thought I'd share it on here. If you'd like to check out the whole list you can see it here


Feared for various other reasons,
Sack

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