Is Phil Ivey's new poker training site any good?

  • Day 3 has ended at WPT Borgata and EPT Deauville. But all the biggest poker stars have come to Aussie Millions that starts today. Also, Phil Ivey has launched his new poker training site.

  • You just have to love poker. Every week there’s something exciting going on. Not only massive live events but charity events, U.S. online poker is moving forward, Phil Ivey’s new poker site and so much more.

    EPT Deauville Day 3 to kick off

    No doubt about it, January is one of the biggest months throughout the year for big live tournaments. Think about all the poker action ongoing. PCA 2014 has just finished while scandalous WPT Borgata and EPT Deauville soon to start action of Day 4. And action at Aussie Millions is just about to kick off.

    After 3 days of play second in chips at EPT Deauville is Eugene Katchalov, the only Pokerstars Team Pro member left standing. Unfortunately, Day 3 was not that great for teammates at Winamax, Frenchmen Gaelle Baumann and Patrik Bruel who both were eliminated yesterday.

    Overall, EPT Deauville has 41 players left. The action will be back today at 12:00 CET, tomorrow they will play down to the Final Table and the winner will be determined on 1 February, from 14:00 CET (steam will have cards up).

    Follow the action at Pokerstars TV.

    IveyLeague is the newest online poker training site!

    Last week we wrote about Phil Ivey’s plans to launch a poker training site before the end of January. He had kept his word and the training site is up and running. Doubtless, it’s brilliant news for poker players. Relatively quiet and closed best poker player in the world Phil Ivey, many other poker super stars like Patrik Antonius, Jenifer Harman, Cole South, Dan Smith and tons of others share their poker knowledge.

    But it's really any good? For one, poker players doubt that Phil Ivey will feature many of the videos. He has shared his views and poker strategy only once in several years. It does seem a bit unlikely that now he will become the chattiest poker player in the world and share everything he knows.

    The thing is, with Ivey’s name the expectation was pretty high about his training site. But without many quality videos and Ivey’s frequent contribution it’s quite easy to feel a little disappointed. To be completely honest, nothing about the site at the moment strikes as mind-blowing.

    For example, even the website does not look in any way exceptional. In fact, it’s very similar to Run It Once, Phil Galfond’s training site that's arguably the biggest Ivey League competitor. They have three different payment plans: Undergraduate (FREE), Bachelors ($9/month) and Masters ($75/Month) which is nearly the same as in Run It Once.

    But maybe we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Better yet, let’s judge it by their product – poker training videos. However, that is also not the best of the site's assets. At least that's what you can think of after you watch a few previews. Instead of showing some highlights of the video, Ivey's team decided to show the first two minutes of the video as a preview. It's really hard to see the quality in the videos from the first 2 minutes.

    But don't take our word for it. Check it out and decide for yourself.

    And also, in the long run it will also depend on how popular their own forum will become. So far, there are mostly empty threads of poker videos.

    Well, what do you think? Can Ivey pull this one off or does it seem like it will be a disaster? Maybe even without Ivey’s contribution in videos and forums, it can still be a success?

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