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Phil Ivey setting himself apart

Updated: June 22, 2012, 5:24 PM ET
By Gary Wise | Special to ESPN.com

In full disclosure, I'm one of the panelists who has not recently put Phil Ivey as No. 1 in ESPN.com's The Nuts rankings. Essentially, I considered his departure from the poker world prior to the 2011 World Series of Poker to be akin to pushing a reset button. I wanted him to prove he was still the best before I bestowed that privilege upon him. Even Michael Jordan had his doubters after his layoff, right?

We'll call that decision "Phil making Gary look pretty bad" No. 1.

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