Team Ivey Pro Jonathan Tamayo is among the chip leaders with 68 players left in the WPT Championship. He finished Day 2 of the event with 411,000, good for ninth. Also, Mike Leah advanced to Day 2 with an above average stack.

Day 2 of the WPT Championship began with 200 players looking to begin their march to the money and ultimately the final table. Paul Volpe began the day as the chip leader and the field was stacked with top pros. Phil Hellmuth, Matt Stout, Jason Koon, Matt Glantz, Joseph Cheong and Anthanasios Polychronopoulos were among the big names in the field looking for their first title.

The prize pool was announced on Day 2 and while a $5 million prize pool was guaranteed, the final prize pool was announced as $4.85 million. Also, prior to the event, the Borgata had announced that $1.35 million would go to first. When numbers were released on Wednesday, that figure changed to $1.31 million. A total of 36 players will be paid in this event with a min-cash bringing $30,085.

Five Team Ivey Pros advanced to Day 2 and were all looking for their first WPT title. In order to be successful in tournament poker, you have to win you flips late in an event.…

The World Poker Tour Championship is one of the most prestigious titles in poker. For the first time since the inception of the WPT, the championship moved from the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Borgata in Atlantic City.

With the new venue came several changes, including a new price tag. This year’s championship is just a $15,000 buy-in as opposed to $25,000 in the past. Other changes include a guaranteed $5 million prize pool with $1.35 million to the winner.

As the WPT Championship kicked off on Monday, some wondered whether the modifications would prove to be +EV for the casino. Fortunately, they have proven positive as this year’s field more than doubled that of 2013.

Day 1a of the WPT Championship on Monday drew a solid field of 105 players, including four Team Ivey Pros. Some of the big names taking their shot on Day 1a included 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, Paul Volpe, Matt Stout, Chris Moorman, Eugene Katchalov, Faraz Jaka, Eric Baldwin and Matt Glantz.

Ivey Pros in the field on Day 1a were Mike Leah, Greg Merson, David Peters and Dan Smith. Mike Leah was Team Ivey’s leading performer on Day 1a, finishing in the top 25 in chips with 91,500.…

Griffin Benger’s online heater continues after he racked up three wins this past week. Also, Patrik Antonius continued his winning ways with a massive score in high stakes action on Sunday. Giuseppe Pantaleo returned to action this past weekend and posted solid earnings as well.

Griffin Benger
continues to collect online victories, adding three to his career total this week. He took down two events on PokerStars on Monday. The first was the $530 Monday Six-Max PLO, earning him $18,200. Later in the day he won an $82 NL Hyper-Turbo Six-Max tournament for an additional $4,458.

Sunday was another big day for “Flush_Entity” with six cashes, three final tables and his 146th career victory. He scored a pair of fifth place finishes in the $25 NL Hyper-Turbo Six-Max and a $215 NL Hold’em with Rebuy.

His biggest score of the day was a victory in the Super Sized Sunday over on Full Tilt Poker, good for $33,072. Griffin tweeted about his big win on Monday:

Griffin earned $63,415 this week to move over $5.6 million in career online earnings.

Patrik Antonius has run hot during the month of April in high stakes action and had a monster day on Sunday.…

Team Ivey Pro Griffin Benger has been running hot lately in EPT events. After making three final tables at the EPT Vienna, he made the final of the EPT Sanremo High Roller. He came into the final table second in chips, but a failed bluff would ultimately lead to his early exit in sixth place. Also, Josh Brikis had a successful week after making two live final tables in Pittsburgh.

Griffin Benger Finishes 6th in EPT Sanremo High Roller

Griffin Benger came into the final table of the EPT Sanremo High Roller second in chips and looking to take down his second High Roller title. Last year, he won the EPT Berlin High Roller for the largest score of his poker career.

The first hand of the day saw Imed Ben Mahmoud hit the rail when he ran into . With seven players left, Griffin ran a bluff against Philip Sternheimer that cost him about 40% of his stack.

Griffin raised from the cutoff to 45,000 and Sternheimer called from the big blind. The flop fell and Sternheimer check-called a bet of 56,000. The turn fell the and action checked around.

When the river fell the , Sternheimer checked a third time and Griffin bet out 130,000.…

This week’s Team Ivey Pro of the Week is easily one of the most active pros on the Ivey Poker App as well as one of the world’s premier live cash game players. Gillian Epp has long been known for her amazing win rate in live cash games, posting an impressive $472 per hour during 2012.

In 2013, she became a part of Team Ivey and has been one of the most active pros on and away from the virtual felt. All one needs to do is check out her profile on the app to see her dominance. Gillian currently has over 2 billion in play chips and over 8,400 hands won. She also has won 73 tournaments and is a level 100 player that has racked up 249 of the possible 267 achievements available on the app.

Gillian has worked tirelessly to promote the Ivey Poker product. She has made herself available regularly for interviews, promotions, and has served as guest blogger on Her enthusiasm at and away from the table is infectious and helps draw players from around the world to the product.

Gillian was recently approached by the Canadian Poker Tour to help serve as an on-air hostess for the CPT Spring Showdown at the Grey Eagle Casino in Calgary.…

Griffin Benger has made the final table of the EPT Sanremo High Roller Event. He will return on Sunday second in chips and is looking for his second EPT High Roller title in as many years.

Action started on Saturday with only two players reentering the event. This created a field of 88 players and 105 entries. Only the top 15 players will be paid in this event. A min-cash was worth €17500 while first will pay €265,000.

Griffin started Day 2 of the High Roller seventh in chips with 207,000. While well stacked in chips, his path to the final table would not be easy as revealed via Twitter:

Griffin had a bit of a roller coaster day. He ran his stack up to 400,000 with 17 players left but slipped to 275,000 by the time the money bubble burst. From there, he ran his stack to 600,000 with 11 left but lost a flip against David Vamplew to drop to an average stack heading into the unofficial final table of nine players.…

Griffin Benger is among the chip leaders after Day 1 action at the EPT Sanremo High Roller. He was the only Team Ivey Pro to enter the event on Friday and will come back on Saturday with 207,000 in chips, good for seventh overall.

Day 1 of the €10,300 High Roller event was a successful one, drawing in 103 total entries. Many of poker’s biggest names fired at least one bullet in the event. Some of the names in the field included Vanessa Selbst, Olivier Busquet, Sorel Mizzi, Jonathan Duhamel, Ludovic Lacay, Angel Guilen, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Martin Finger and Ole Schemion.

Griffin wasted little time doubling up on Day 1. As he shared via Twitter, he doubled-up during Level 5 against online star Ami “UhhMee” Barer:

Griffin grinded his way up to 150,000 and hovered there until the final level of the night. It was during the last level that he busted the world’s top female player, Vanessa Selbst. After Griffin raised to 3,400, Selbst three-bet to 7,100 from the big blind and had about 32,900 behind. Griffin then moved all-in with and Selbst made the call with .…

Patrik Antonius started 2014 on a bit of a downswing. Through April 4th, Patrik was down over $680,000. Since that time, he has gone on an epic heater that has erased that deficit and has him up over $230,000.

Patrik saw his share of struggles early in the year. He started off down nearly $300,000 in January. Fortunately, that didn’t carry over to the live arena as he made the final table of the $100,000 Challenge at Aussie Millions, earning $626,937.

The downswing continued when he returned online in March and at his lowest point, Patrik found himself down $687,000. However, his fortune began to change as the games shifted to 8-Game. Since April 5th, Patrik has been on a heater that’s seen him earn over $922,000 and move into the black for the first time in 2014.

This past week, Patrik has won $731,917 in high stakes poker. The majority of those earnings have come in 8-Game. His recent heater started on Friday when he took down $226,700, topping all players on the day. He turned in another $222,280 performance on Saturday to nearly eliminate his remaining losses on the year.

Patrik started turning a profit for 2014 on Tuesday after booking a win of $168,890.…

Three Team Ivey Pros and one Ivey League Coach were in contention at the start of Day 2 of the EPT Sanremo Main Event. Ivey League Coach David Yan came into Day 2 with the overall chip lead while Griffin Benger, Mathew Frankland and Toby Lewis were all looking to make their first EPT Main Event final table of 2014.

Griffin Benger made three final tables at the EPT Vienna but failed to get past Day 2 in this event. He started Day two with just 24,400 and had trouble getting anything started. Soon he found himself flipping for his tournament life.

Griffin woke up with in the cutoff and moved all-in for 25,400. Andreas Goeller made the call from the small blind with . The flop fell : 4h to put Goeller into the lead. His aces held and Griffin left to take a shot in some side events.

Former EPT champion Toby Lewis also failed to get through Day 2. Down to just 20,000, he three-bet shoved from button with and was insta-called by Alessandro Meoni holding pocket aces. Toby failed to connect with the board and hit the rail.

Mathew Frankland finished Day 1a with an average stack of 54,100 and quickly went to work on Day 2.…

One of most important skills needed to become successful in poker is proper bankroll management. Without an adequate bankroll, you cannot withstand normal variance in poker nor will you be able to consistently play at your preferred stakes. Below are our top five tips for managing your bankroll.

Play Within Your Bankroll

In order to survive the typical variance that most of us will experience at the poker table, you will want a bankroll between 20 and 40 times the standard buy-in for the level you wish to play.

The theory behind this is that you don’t want to sit down with more than 5% of your total bankroll in each session. If your buy-in is larger than 5% of your total bankroll, then you may not be able to survive the typical variance that many players will experience.

The table below shows the type of bankroll one needs for NL cash games online:





$0.01 / $0.02


$40 to $80

$0.05 / $0.10


$200 to $400

$0.10 / $0.25


$500 to $1,000

$0.25 / $0.50


$1,000 to $2,000

$0.50 / $1.00


$2,000 to $4,000

$1.00 / $2.00


$4,000 to $8,000

$2.00 / $5.00


$10,000 to $20,000


This same rule applies to tournaments.…