Phil Ivey just strolled into the tournament room here at the Majestic Barrière Hotel with a big smile on his face. He looks happy and ready to go. Right now, Ivey sits in second place on the World Series of Poker Player of the Year leader board. He has 568.70 points and trails only Greg Merson, who has 581.13.
Merson is also in the field today seated at a different table. If you look at the WSOP POY page, Merson still sits with 481.13 points, but he has already made the WSOP Octo-Nine and guaranteed himself at least another 100 points.