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History in the making

Updated: June 5, 2009, 3:07 PM ET
By Gary Wise | ESPN.com

The 40th anniversary of the World Series of Poker was the overriding theme coming into the 2009 edition: a celebration of the game, its people and its history. The plan coming in was to trumpet the tournament's legacy and poker's as a whole. Little did the organizers know, however, how quickly the present would come to the forefront in the form of victory for a man who may eventually go down as the greatest player ever to ruffle chips.

Phil Ivey is the present. On Thursday night, the former ...

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