Daily Rewind: ElkY Interview, Ivey's Success, ISPT News & Kathy Liebert

In today's Daily Rewind we talk to ElkY about tournaments, chart the success of Phil Ivey at this year's WSOP, look forward to the International Stadiums Poker Tour and chat Full Tilt with Kathy Liebert.

The Daily Rewind is your one-stop-shop for a sharp review of the day in poker. Join us here for a mix of the latest news and a more irreverent insight into the poker world. Today we discovered the following topics for you:

ElkY on Running Good, Bad and In-between

He’s known as one of the best tournament players in the world but according to Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier himself, he "doesn’t always run good."

’ French pro is always a force in any tournament he sits down in and many have already tipped him as the favourite for the $1 million One Drop event.

In amongst his thoughts on the WSOP, Bertrand talks about the new EPT schedule and how Monaco is his favourite tournament stop of the year.

Ivey Moves to top of POY Rankings

He shunned the WSOP last year because of the ongoing situation with his former sponsors Full Tilt, but this year Phil Ivey is back and he’s making sure everyone knows about it.

The American pro has already cashed four times at this year’s Series, with three of those being final tables.

His latest deep run saw him finish third in Event #24, the $5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split 8 or Better. After coming back from the dead twice, he was eventually eliminated by Joe Cassidy.

While he narrowly missed out on another title, the finish did move him to the top of the WSOP POY ranking with 383.55 points.

Ivey now sits just ahead of Andy Frankenberger on 372.16 points and John Monette on 310.50.

After Ivey’s third final table in a week the Twitter world stood in awe of his talents, with many of the world’s best players remarking on his incredible skill.

One player who seemed most perplexed by Ivey’s extraordinary talent was Phil Galfond, who tweeted:

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ISPT Moving Forward

The International Stadiums Poker Tour has captured the imagination of the poker community for a while now despite the final details being loose at best.

Logistically it seems as though the event will be a challenge but the organisers are maintaining that it will take place as planned on May 31 2013.

Currently the ISPT website says that 2,119 players are registered for the event and the official tournament schedule has been released.

The blinds will start at 10/20 and the clock will be set at 20 minutes for the first and second days. Once the tournament goes offline and into the live stages, the clock will move to 1 hour levels until a winner is eventually crowned on Day 6.

More information on the event can be found, here.

Kathy Speaks Her Mind

She’s never been one to hold her tongue when it comes to misdemeanours in the poker world and in a recent interview Kathy Liebert continued to put the pressure on the former Full Tilt owners.

Sporting a “Full Guilt” t-shirt, Kathy took some time out of her WSOP schedule to talk about her time at the Series so far and her feelings about pros that represented Full Tilt in the past.

High Stakes Corner

“wilhasha” reversed yesterday’s negative result with a $137,998 winning day. The online grinder’s 1,128 hand session helped them erase the previous day’s $80,000 loss.

Just behind “wilhasha” in the high stake charts after a positive $70,298 session was “krmont22” and “PauleAdler” who banked $70,191.

At the other end of the profit spectrum were Alexey “LuckyGump” Makarov and Alex “Kanu7” Millar who dropped $112,442 and $80,434 respectively.

Daily Signoff

Being a former Main Event Champion can often gain you a little more respect from the poker gods and this certainly happened in the following hand involving Joe Hachem.

Comments (1)

  • #1

    ISPT is expecting 30k runners ... yeh right