Ivey indicates a return to live tournament poker in 2018. WSOP Player of the Year outlook as WSOPE nears. These stories and more are in the Tuesday Hit and Run.

Ivey May Return to Live Tournament Poker in 2018

Phil Ivey has largely been absent this year from the poker scene as the 10-time player focuses on legal and family issues as well as Asian high stakes games. Ivey’s last major live cash came in January 2016. Ivey turned some heads when he even skipped out on the World Series of Poker this summer.

Good news for Phil Ivey fans though. In a recent interview, Ivey indicated he plans to be back on the poker circuit sometime in 2017. “I love tournaments. I will always play tournaments…Next year I am going to start playing again.” Watch the full piece below:

While one player signals a return another high stakes player, Dani Stern has announced his retirement from poker. Stern has won over $3.7 million live but mostly plays online.

Quick Hitters

– You may remember that Chris Ferguson won the Las Vegas portion of World Series of Poker POY earlier this year. Now with WSOPE quickly approaching and the official WSOP POY leaderboard extending through these events, talk focuses on who has the upper hand on the honor. While it’s assumed that Chris Ferguson will play at least a portion of the series — given that he has a free entry into the Main Event — some top players are choosing to skip the prestigious event. Daniel Negreanu (8th) and John Monnette (3rd) are among the top players who will not be participating this October and November.

Two other players currently in the top 5 will also not be participating: John Racener (4th) and Ray Henson (5th). Ryan Hughes (2nd), Ben Yu (6th), and Alex Foxen (7th) are expected to attend.

– Matt Savage releases statement after the Shooting Star was left off the Season XVI schedule.

– Last week, New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware announced that online poker traffic will soon be shared. Steve Ruddock takes a look at who will benefit the most when the interstate online poker agreement is enacted.

– Grinderschool.com poker training video of the day is the conclusion of the series on 4 tables of $0.10/$0.25 NL. In this episode, Spenda focuses on opening your game up.