Phil Ivey opened the pot and got a call from an older gentleman in the big blind. The flop was and it was checked to Ivey. He bet 8,000 and got a call. The turn was the and now the big blind led for 25,000.
Ivey looked affronted and asked, “How much you got?” He saw a stack of 18,000 behind and gave his man an Ivey glare. There can’t be many scarier things at a poker table than that but this gentleman was wearing a Vietnam Veterans hat and didn’t look like he was too intimidated.
Ivey threw in the call and while army experience helps steel nerves under pressure, so does a set as Ivey faced and had made the call with just . The river bricked out and another chunk of Ivey’s stack went missing.