Phil Ivey’s training website has announced a new feature that names a “Pro of the Week” that allows players and fans to get a closer look at the star-studded cast of Team Ivey on a weekly basis.
For the week beginning July 21, Cherish Andrews gets top billing. The former winner of the Heartland Poker Tour Turning Stone hostess contest was introduced to poker at the young age of 14 at a home game hosted by her brother. After the conclusion of that tourney, Andrews found herself with all the chips on the table, $700 richer, and with a burning desire to play more poker.
Andrews’ biggest score occurred last year at the WSOP in Las Vegas where a fourth place finish in $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em nabbed a payday of $210,083. In all, the 23-year-old cashed in six WSOP events last summer, the Hendon Mob database reports. That impressive showing followed four cashes at the 2011 WSOP, including earning more than $23,000 in the $10,000 Main Event. This summer, Andrews recorded two WSOP cashes, the best being a 14th place finish in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Shootout for $7,384.
IveyPoker.com actually began its Pro of the Week honor last week when Andrew Lichtenberger became the first featured pro of the 35 players listed on the Team Ivey roster.
The native New Yorker enjoyed a successful WSOP this year that saw him make five trips to the Rio cashier’s cage to collect winnings. The best of those cashes occurred about three weeks ago when an 18th place finish in the $111,111 No Limit Hold’em – One Drop High Roller added $173,723 to his lifetime earnings total.
Lichtenberger has two live cashes of over a half-million dollars on his resume. In December, 2011, he was the runner-up in the Epic Poker League’s $20,000 Mix-Max No-Limit Hold’em that bagged $514,480. And an 18th place finish at the WSOP Main Event in 2009 was good for a prize of $500,557.
Lichtenberger is also well-respected online under the “luckychewy” moniker. His combined career earnings at live events and via the Internet total more than $3.2 million.