Ivey's training site gathering pace and Esfandiari's Birthday Party

  • Phil Ivey's new poker site will launch on 16th January. Here is a look on how it is all going.

  • Phil Ivey has started a training site a few month ago but it is not yet running. But it is very close to as more players joining TeamIvey and the recording have been started. Even the official date to launch has been announced! Another news includes Antonio Esfandiari's birthday tradition – fourth cash at World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic in a row!

    Phil Ivey's free poker training site

    Once the site was announced and was just starting gathering publicity it was quite badly done. At least that's what poker community speculated about a lot. But now the site is nothing like it was on the first days – nice design, full collection of the best poker players that are already have recorded hours and hours of poker lessons and lots of potential.

    Remember, that TeamIvey members include poker pro Patrik Antonius and WSOP 2012 Champion Greg Merson. Now a new batch of poker pros have joined the team – including Jenifer Harman, Matt Giannetti, John Eames, Gillian Epp and others.

    The final piece of news is the date for the official launch of the site – 16 January, 2013. We hope you are just as excited as we are.

    Happy Birthday, Antonio

    8th December is official date of Antonio Esfandiari's birthday. But for a few years in a row this poker player has not been able to celebrate it on time because of how good he runs on those days in live poker. WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, to be exact. This year he finished fourth and, according to his tweets, he's had an amazing party with poker players you know very well – Sam Trickett, Jeff Gross, swimmer and Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and others .

    Esfandiari's birthday preparations:

    It's 34th Esfandiari's birthday and that's his cake:

    Talking about poker, he has a lot to celebrate on his birthday as it was 4th in a row deep run at the WPT 5 Diamond Classic. This year he finished 4th for over $300.000, in 2011 he finished 6th and won around $120.000 but he took it down in 2010 for $870,124 while two finishes before that were smaller: 23rd ($28,569 )and 59th ($23,420). Now his total winnings at WPT exceed $2.5 million and overall he has won over $23.7 million!

    Great news this week with many top class poker tournaments underway online as well as live. WPT and EPT, Full Tilt Poker FTOPS and many more. But do not forget, holidays are coming so we leave you with poker players from Pokerstars:

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