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Phil Ivey continues to add to his already impressive list of professional poker players at his soon-to-be launched poker training website.

The three newest members at are Ronnie “RoNasty” Bardah, Mathew Frankland and Kevin Vandersmissen. Ivey now has two dozen players, including himself, who will teach players “how to play the correct way,” as he told ESPN upon setting up the website in October. The site was rumored to have a launch date of Jan. 14, but its now a week beyond that date with no indication of the exact date of when poker instruction will begin. A visit to informs players that the launch is “coming soon” and to “stay tuned.”

Bardah is the most experienced of the three newest Team Ivey members, playing the live circuit since 2003. The Brockton, Massachusetts native won his first WSOP bracelet last summer, taking down the $2,500 buy-in Limit Six-Handed Hold’em event for $182,088. His biggest payday, however, was a 24th place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event that was good for $317,161.

Vandersmissen hails from Belgium and won the 2012 Irish Open, garnering a payday of $553,316. A year earlier at the PokerStars EPT Snowfest Main Event, a runner-up finish added $368,601 to the Belgian’s career earnings. Also successful on the virtual felt, Vandersmissen won $77,130 last Sunday on PokerStars in the Sunday 500.

Frankland, who calls Teesside in the United Kingdom his home, has yet to win a live tournament title since appearing on the scene in 2009. But a third place finish in the 2010 English Open gave him a six-figure payday of $119,409. Frankland also received a ranking of second place among players in Ireland and UK in 2012.

Ivey has surrounded himself with quite a stable of worldwide pros that include 2012 WSOP Main Event winner Greg Merson, Jennifer Harman, Dan Shak, James Dempsey and Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah. The poker community anxiously awaits the “innovative social poker game” and video training promised at



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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.