Phil Ivey Photo

Ron Niebrugge Nevada, Photos, Travel 12 Comments

Phil Ivey

Well I must admit, Janine and I are pretty avid Texas Hold’em players and fans, so when we learned that the Travel Channel was in Vegas for the WPT Mirage Poker Showdown – the first event of the next season – we had to check it out! We have been parking in the back of the Mirage and entering through a side entrance as it is much easier then dealing with the strip. Today on our way to the Mirage, we arrived at the same time as Phil Ivey! We even shared the same bench for about 5 minutes. For those who don’t know Phil, he is widely considered the best Texas Hold’em poker player in the world right now. We talked briefly, I wished him good luck, he asked if I was playing in the tournament. It was kind of funny – we haven’t even entered a $40 tournament on this trip, we certainly aren’t about to enter a $10,000 tournament, but it was nice he asked. He was actually very friendly.

The tournament is now down to 6 players, tomorrow the cameras will be rolling for the actual TV coverage. Ivey is currently the chip leader, it would be fun to see him win, especially now that we are practically best friends.  LOL   I think Janine and I will stop by and watch a little of the coverage – heck at 3:00, the light isn’t that great anyway!

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  1. That’s really cool dude to meet someone you admire and get such a close-up of them in action. I didn’t realize that you could take pictures of people who are gambling. Phil Ivey looks younger than I thought he would.

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  3. btw, I’m guessing you don’t have a Playstation 2, but there is this awesome Texas Hold ’em game called Daniel Negreneau’s Stacked. I blieve it’s on PC as well. If you can do any damage in that game, then you’ve probably improved your game. It’s hard! I won a few small tournaments in that game, but stalled after a certain level of competition. You can also play online too.

  4. Hey Ron

    You should know better than to shoot where you’re not supposed to shoot. next thing you’ll be getting too close to bears, and whatnot like that. 🙂

    Nice to hear of your travels man – I never knew you and Janine were Poker fans.


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    That is funny Carl.

    I’ll have to check that game out Richard – I have a different one for my PC that is a lot of fun and fairly challenging.

    We watched the final coverage tonight – it was fascinating see all that goes into the making of the TV coverage. Phil ended up finishing 5th. Appearantly it will no longer be on the Travel Channel like I mention, but it will now on the game network – the 6th season that is.


  6. Ron,
    I can’t believe I missed this picture, Kathy told me about it, Nice shot. It would have been fun watching the players live.

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  8. Hi Phil,
    A relative in Chicago is looking to speak to regarding some person issues. You know who these persons are because you share the same father as they do. They have fallen on hard times and would like some assistance from you. I know this should not be the way to contact you but you have given them no choice. You changed your phone number so they cannot reach you. You recently visted Indiana and did not look them up. Could you find it in your heart to seek them out immediately because some assistance is needed in these troubling times. They are still residing at the same address, please contact them A.S.A.P. by mail or by whtever contact you can get on them. I would leave a phone number but I do not want everyone on here to have it. Send them something in the mail to help them in this struggling economy. They both are still working but needs a push to keep them a float. You know they are raising young children on their own and could use some help. Please try to do what you can.

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