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Phil Ivey Adds James Dempsey to Roster

Phil Ivey has hand-picked James “Flushy” Dempsey as the latest pro to join, a new website that will provide online social poker action and instructional training.

The website announced Dempsey, a former Full Tilt Red Pro, as its newest member, describing the 30-year-old Brit as a 10-year professional player who transitioned from Internet play to the live game and has “found particular success in tournaments and cash games in Las Vegas.” Scoring $2 million in live tournament winnings that include a WPT championship and a WSOP bracelet, Dempsey is recognized as proficient in Texas Hold’em as well as variations of Omaha. is still in the developmental stages, but in addition to Dempsey, has already named Jennifer Harman, Patrick Antonius, 2012 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson, Cole South, and Ivey himself as instructors who will “teach the world how to play better poker,” Ivey said.

The new Ivey website has been the subject of much discussion in the poker community. The eight-time WSOP bracelet winner with more than $17 million in live tournament winnings has been known to avoid calling attention to himself. Many have speculated on online poker forums that perhaps Ivey is just lending his name to the project. But the former face of Full Tilt Poker may be fully involved in this latest endeavor, telling ESPN recently that “it’d be nice to teach people how to play the correct way.”

As of now, players can sign up at to avail themselves of any updates related to the site’s launch, as well as earning some bonus chips when the website goes live.


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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.