Phil Ivey has been short-stacked for a while now, but he's out to change that.
A few hands ago, Ivey found his double. The pot began with him opening from the cutoff. Alex Venovski reraised from the big blind, and the last of Ivey's 126,000 went into the middle. He was working with and drawing live against Venovski's . A king on the flop saved Ivey's tournament life, and the doubled him back to 262,000.
Ivey made a raise-and-take one hand later, then played a three-bet pot from his big blind in the same orbit. Venovski had opened to 40,000, but Ivey was having none of it. His reraise to 100,000 took down the pot without incident.
Don't look now, but Mr. Ivey is approaching the chip average once again. He's got 330,000 chips now.