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Ivey Poker Adds Bill Chen, Two Other Pros to Roster

Ivey Poker has added three more pros to its Ivey League roster, two of whom are best known for teaching mathematical strategies, while the third has appeared on a reality television show.

Brian Roberts, Jerrod Ankenman and Bill Chen join the star-studded list of Ivey League pros just one week after Phil Ivey’s website rolled out the coaching and training realm of the venture designed “to teach the world how to play better poker.” The lineup of pros offering their poker expertise at three different subscription levels at now numbers 34.

Roberts starred on “2 Months 2 Million,” a reality show that tracked his progress and that of three other online pro players in their pursuit of attempting to win $2 million on the virtual felt in only two months. With a fourth place finish worth $534,435 at the 2011 WSOP Europe Main Event to his name, Roberts will focus on training Ivey Poker members at Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.

Chen, the recipient of two WSOP gold bracelets, just missed a third in 2010 when he finished second to Ivey in a $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. With a Ph.D. in mathematics adorning his wall at home, Chen is best known for devising the “Chen formula” that ranks starting hands with an assigned numerical value.

Along with establishing starting hand criteria for maximum profitability on the felt, Chen co-authored “The Mathematics of Poker.” He wrote the poker strategy book with Jerrod Ankenman, the third new addition to the Ivey League team. Ankenman transitioned to poker from bridge in 1999 and won a WSOP title in 2006 in Limit Hold’em. He followed that championship with a runner-up finish again at Fixed-Limit Hold’em at the WSOP two years later that was good for a payday of $307,380.

“The Mathematics of Poker” combines quantitative techniques and game theory and formulates those principles to poker. Ankenman and Chen will team up again at Ivey League to create training videos based on strategic elements found in their book. Ankenman is interested in making the book’s concepts “accessible to a wider of audience of people” by joining Ivey’s hand-picked roster at Team Ivey.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.