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Phil Ivey's Ivey League Launch Far From Smooth

At long last, the poker training realm of Phil Ivey’s website known as the Ivey League launched yesterday, but ran into some difficulties and was forced to shut down for awhile.

A tweet from Ivey Poker following the rollout informed players that “You guys love the new site so much that we’ve exceeded our bandwidth. Please stay with us as we work to resolve some technical issues.”

Players who have been waiting since October 2012 when Ivey first announced that he would launch a poker training website in order “to teach the world how to play better poker” apparently overwhelmed the Ivey Poker servers.

That was yesterday afternoon. Ivey Poker took to Twitter seven hours later to advise the poker community that “Things should be back to normal on the Ivey League site. Busted servers are no fun but we appreciate the love!”

Ivey is regarded by many to be perhaps the best all-around poker player in the world with nine WSOP gold bracelets on his resume. His lifetime earnings exceed $20 million when combining live and online play. When Ivey talks, poker players listen, and you can bet that many want to hear what he and his hand-picked coaches at Ivey League have to say about successful poker strategy.

Those coaches run the gamut of tourney pros and cash game specialists from around the world. It’s a diverse staff of poker experts that includes recognizable names from both online and live play. The coaches will provide training to players from beginner to advanced under three separate subscription packages offered at the Ivey League.

‘Undergraduate’ is for poker rookies and provides free access to introductory videos and the Ivey League forums. ‘Bachelors’ is the intermediate level geared toward players who are ready to begin specializing their skills. In addition to the same content available at the Undergraduate level, Bachelors can sign on for $9 per month and will be privy to strategy videos to maximize profitability at “micro to small stakes.” A yearly subscription at the Bachelor tier is also available for $70.

Those players ready to advance their Ivey League education and “receive access to content from the greatest poker coaches in the game, including Phil Ivey,” can subscribe to the ‘Masters’ plan and pay either $75 a month or $500 per year. Undergraduate and Bachelor level poker training, as well as an assortment of coaching designed for mid and high stakes play, is available at the highest tier of the Ivey League. That includes a question and answer session each month with an esteemed Ivey League coach that occurs in real time.

Some of those coaches are Greg Merson, Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger, Patrik Antonius, Aaron “aejones” Jones, Cole South, Dan “Irishman07″ Myers, and Jennifer Harman. All will offer a variety of instruction that includes reviewing hands and debating strategy.

“I feel like there’s a big hole in the poker community,” Ivey told ESPN 15 months ago upon launching “I speak with people all the time about poker, and people say they’d love to learn how to play but they don’t know where to start. It’d be nice to teach people how to play the correct way.”

Ivey now aims to fill that hole and teach players to make the proper decisions on the felt. Players are encouraged to signup for free at the Undergraduate level at to check it out.



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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.