Every week, the coaching and training website IveyPoker.com highlights one member of the Team Ivey roster as its pro of the week. This week, the honor goes to none other than Phil Ivey himself due to his recent victory in the 2014 Aussie Millions LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge.
Ivey added over $3.5 million to his career earnings in overcoming a final table that included Team PokerStars Pros Isaac Haxton and Daniel Negreanu, ex-Full Tilt Professional Tom Dwan, Mike “Timex” McDonald, and Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. This is the second time Ivey has won the $250,000 Challenge in Australia, earning slightly more than $2 million when he took home the title in 2012.
Regarded by many as the world’s best all-around poker player, Ivey’s live tourney cashes have reached the $21.25 million mark. That is good for second place on the all-time live tournament winnings list, with only Antonio Esfandiari ahead of Ivey on the strength of “The Magician” bagging $18 million in the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament in 2012.
In the WSOP gold bracelet chase, Ivey is tied with Johnny Moss at nine and trails only the ten each of Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, and 13 racked up by Phil Hellmuth. Ivey has his eye on passing the “Pokerbrat” and the odds look good considering that he is almost 12 years Hellmuth’s junior.
The coaching and training section of Ivey Poker celebrated its launch on January 28 and the biggest single payday of Ivey’s career just two weeks later at the Aussie Millions has likely drawn even greater interest to the site. The Ivey League is geared toward players of all levels with three separate subscription packages aimed at spreading the poker knowledge required to improve on the felt.
While Ivey has been proud to highlight the accomplishments of his fellow Ivey League pros at his poker training website, this week the spotlight shines in his direction. The 38-year-old Ivey has been accustomed to being the focus of attention ever since he began cashing in poker tournaments about a decade and a half ago.