When Phil Ivey set about selecting pros for the Ivey League roster at his IveyPoker.com coaching and training website, he sought professional poker players who were successful on the felt as well as having the ability to teach players of all levels.
What Ivey was likely not aware of was the magnitude of the cumulative success that his hand-picked fellow pros had achieved over the years. By poring over records supplied by the Hendon Mob database, it was learned that Team Ivey Pros have eclipsed $90 million in live tournament cashes.
That’s just in live events. If the Internet poker statistics of such prolific online players such as Toby Lewis and Mike Leah were added to the total, quite a few more millions of dollars would be tacked on to that $90 million.
Concentrating just on live tournament poker, the roughly two and a half dozen Team Ivey Pros have landed in-the-money in more than 1,500 events. With regard to tourney victories, Ivey tops the list with 27. His nearest pursuer among Ivey League colleagues is Allen Kessler, who has sawed his way through 14 tournament fields to emerge as the winner.
Prior to taking home first place prize money in a poker tournament, the goal is to reach the final table. The Ivey League roster has accomplished that feat 647 times. Ivey again is the winner in that category with 92, but “Chainsaw” is not far behind, having been seated at 86 live final tables – four in January and February of this year – in his remarkably consistent career. Leah is a distant third, just one final table finish shy of four dozen.
Of that $90 million in live earnings, almost $7 million has come in 2014. Half of that was won by Ivey himself when he took down the 2014 Aussie Millions LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge a little more than two weeks ago for his largest live poker payday ever. The way things are going for the talented Ivey League, $100 million in earnings may be cracked by the end of the year.