Phil Ivey wins Second Super High Roller Series Europe for $640,000

April 13, 2022
Andrew Burnett

Phil Ivey has stunned the poker world yet again by scooping a second Super High Roller Series Europe title, bagging the $50k PLO for a $640,000 score after defeating Ali Imsirovic heads-up.

Ivey now has two wins and five cashes totalling $2.8million in the combined Triton Poker Cyprus and SHRSE being held back-to-back at the Merit Crystal Cove Resort and Casino in North Cyprus.

Event 4 of the SHRSE saw 32 entries and a $1.6million prizepool, the top 5 finishers looking at a payday, with Cary Katz and Chris Brewer among the US contingent challenging Europe’s finest highstakes players on home territory.

England’s Stephen Chidwick fell late on day one, but the bubble only burst on day two when Russia’s short-stacked Iakov Onuchin was rivered by Imsirovic...

Onuchin: K♠ K♦ J♣ 7♥
Imsirovic: J♦ J♠ 8♠ 6♦

Flop: 5♥ 8♦ 9♦
Turn: 4♠
River: 7♦

That meant the remaining five players had locked up $112k and that’s what Dylan Weisman would leave with, the Californian a welcome recent addition to the highroller tournament circuit.

The Finnish duo of Eelis Parsinnen and Joni Jouhkimainen would fall in 4th and 3rd respectively, the latter suffering a brutal cooler to decimate his stack...

Jouhkimainen: K♣ 8♦ 6♥ 5♥
Imsirovic: 10♥ 10♠ 7♠ 3♥

Flop: 6♦ 6♠ 10♦
Turn: 5♠
River: 4♦

The Finnish legend shell soon afterwards, leaving the old and the new of highstakes poker – Ivey facing Imsirovic for the title. If you missed the opening tweet, here it is again, Ivey taking down the $640k top prize...

Final results


Phil Ivey



Ali Imsirovic



Joni Jouhkimainen



Eelis Parssinen



Dylan Weisman


Ivey said of his victory, “It’s still nice. It’s always nice to win a tournament,” adding of his recent excellent run in Cyprus: “I’m enjoying playing these tournaments. It’s fun.”

Ivey also spoke of the change in his approach to the game: “I feel much more present at the table. It definitely has helped my game.

He added: “In my 20s and 30s, I played so much all the time. It was just poker, poker, poker. There was no balance and I ended up, let’s say, paying the price for that. So now I try to keep in mind what’s important and what’s not.”

Now with a commanding position atop the leaderboard, Ivey told PokerGO reporters that he is looking forward to the rest of the nine-event series, which culminates in the $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl.

You know, it’s just a bigger buy-in tournament,” Ivey explained. “I’m going to try my hardest. It doesn’t matter if it’s a smaller buy-in tournament or a big buy-in tournament. I’m just going to give it all that I’ve got.”

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