The World Poker Tour has announced poker icon Phil Ivey as its newest WPT Ambassador ahead of December’s inaugural WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.
The 10-time WSOP bracelet winner, with almost US$40 million in live tournament earnings, is confirmed to play in a number of events during next month’s series, including the US$10,400 WPT World Championship itself, and will also take part in various fan engagement initiatives away from the felt.
“WPT is one of the most respected brands in poker and I’m honored to become a WPT Ambassador,” said Ivey. “My commitment and passion towards poker has never been higher and I look forward to working with the WPT to showcase poker around the world, adding to its continued expansion.”
Ivey’s WPT record includes one title at the LA Poker Classic in 2008 and nine more final table appearances in major events. He is also a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and regarded by many as the greatest of all time.
“Phil Ivey is one of the greatest to ever have played the game of poker,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “His career achievements and success as a frequent WPT final tablist underscores his deserving legacy as a true poker icon.
“As WPT celebrates its 20th-anniversary season, we have aligned the brand with talent and events that symbolize the very best in personal achievement. I cannot think of anyone who better represents that more than Phil, and I know players will appreciate the chance to interact with him at upcoming events.”
To run from 1 to 20 December, the WPT World Championship will feature a massive 23-event schedule with the Main Event coming with a massive US$15 million guarantee – the largest single live tournament guarantee in the history of poker.