This week’s Team Ivey Pro of the Week is #1 on the Belarus All-Time Money List. Alex Bolotin has career live tournament earnings of over $2.2 Million and 24 World Series of Poker cashes.
Alex’s best career score came in 2007 when he finished runner-up in the $5,000 NL Six-Max Event at the 2007 WSOP. He earned $504,686 for his strong run. Two years later, Alex made headlines when he won the Ante-Up For Africa Charity Event at the 2009 WSOP and proceeded to donate half of his winnings to charity.
The video below is Alex’s interview with PokerNews the day after winning the 2009 Ante-Up For Africa event. Ironically, the charity event was one of just four events filmed that year. Alex was a relative unknown to the casual poker community prior to the event, but the world knew of the man known as “Diesel” afterwards.
Team Ivey Pro Kevin Vandersmissen has final tabled his first live event of 2014. Kevin is third in chips heading into the final table of the WPT National Brussels and is looking for his first live victory since winning the Irish Open Main Event in 2012.
Day 3 of the WPTN Brussels started with 32 players looking to make the final table and compete for the top prize of €102,000. Kevin started the day about middle of the pack with 382,000 but quickly went to work building his stack.
Seven players were lost in the first level of play and Kevin took advantage of the loose play, growing his stack to over 617,000. Kevin later moved over 1 million in chips after cracking the aces of Gaetano Dell’Aera and sending him to the rail.
Kevin later moved up to 1.6 million after knocking out Faggioli Ugo. On a flop of , Kevin checked to Ugo who bet 70,000. Kevin then check-raised to 200,000 and Ugo shoved.
Kevin made the call and turned over for middle pair and a flush draw. Ugo had a weaker jack. The turn fell a spade to complete Kevin’s flush and he moved up to 1.6 million in chips.…
Team Ivey Kevin Vandersmissen is deep in his first live tournament of 2014. Kevin is among the final 32 players remaining in the WPT National Brussels Main Event. He’s looking for his first live final table appearance since 2012.
The WPTN Brussels Main Event drew a strong field of 376 players over two starting flights to create a prize pool of €492,372. Forty-five players will be paid in the event with first place receiving €102,000.
Kevin bought in initially on Day 1a but was unable to gain any traction. He tried again on Day 1b and ran his stack up to 157,700.
Day 2 started with 173 players looking to make the money in the event and looking to make their march to the final table. Action was intense during the day and the field reached the money and then some.
Kevin made major gains on Day 2 thanks to a monster double-up against Daniel Pirlot. Pirlot raised UTG to 6,500 and Kevin three-bet to 14,500. Pirlot then four-bet to 30,000 and Kevin made the call.
The flop fell and action was checked to Kevin. Kevin bet out 21,000 and Pirlot made the call. The turn fell the and again Pirlot checked.…
Team Ivey Pro Mike Leah has been in the news a lot recently due to several deep runs in live events. Now, Mike’s career has been featured in his local hometown newspaper.
The Barrie Examiner posted an article on Tuesday that featured Mike’s impressive poker career, one that has seen him earn close to $2 million in live tournament earnings.
The article essentially recaps Mike’s career, covering his humble beginnings and his rise as one of the game’s premier players. It also gives some advice to players looking to make the game a career.
Click here to read the article in its entirety. To test your skill against Mike or over 30 Team Ivey Pros, download the Ivey Poker App.…
The weekly Global Poker Index rankings have been released and several Team Ivey Pros have made gains. The GPI 300 ranks the top 300 live tournament poker players in the world. At present, ten Ivey Pros are ranked in the Top 300 with four others just a mere cash or two from joining.
David Peters gained two spots on the GPI this week and now sits at #18 thanks to decay from other players. Decay refers to tournament cashes that have either no longer qualify or have lost point values due to age.
Andrew Lichtenberger had the biggest gain among Team Ivey Pros this week. Andrew finished second in the $5,250 Bobby Hoff NL Event at the LAPC this past week, earnings $89,250 and 299.01 points. This allowed him to jump 17 spots in the rankings to #75. We expect that ranking to go up a few spots in upcoming weeks as higher-ranking players experience decay.
Mike Leah moved up another six spots this week and is at #107. Mike benefited from decay and is still riding the wave from his recent win at the Fallsview Poker Classic. This is Mike’s highest ranking ever on the GPI 300.
Allen Kessler moved up four spots to #129.…
Four Team Ivey Pros are currently in the running for Bluff Magazine’s Player of the Year race. Greg Merson recently cracked the Top 20 and joins fellow pros Phil Ivey, Dan Shak and Mike Leah in the hunt for one of poker’s most prestigious awards.
Greg Merson joined the 2014 Bluff POY standings this week after his finish in the LAPC Main Event. He finished 31st to move over $1 million in earnings for 2014. Greg best finish of 2014 was at the PCA where he placed runner-up in the $25,000 High Roller.
Greg’s recent performance moved him to #18 on the 2014 POY list with a total of 247.40 points.
Phil Ivey and Dan Shak both slid three spots this week to 17th and 18th on the list. Phil joined the list after winning the LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge at Aussie Millions. In January, Dan made his third straight final table at the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PCA.
Mike Leah retains a Top 5 spot on the POY list despite sliding one spot. Mike has two victories in 2014, including a recent victory in a preliminary event at the Fallsview Poker Classic.
The man everyone is chasing at present is Mike McDonald.…
Team Ivey Pro Andrew Lichtenberger was the latest Team Ivey Pro to make a live final table. This past weekend, Andrew finished runner-up in Event #53 of the L.A. Poker Classic, the $5,250 Bobby Hoff NL Event.
The Bobby Hoff NL Hold’em Event kicked off this past Thursday with 85 of poker’s finest players looking to take down a first place prize of $127,490 and the Fredric Remington Trophy.
Team Ivey Pros that took their seat in this event included David Peters, Dan Shak, and Andrew Lichtenberger. Only the final table was paid in this event, and Andrew found himself as the last Ivey Pro standing when the money bubble burst.
Andrew started the final table as a middling stack but by the time action was seven-handed, he was sitting on the short stack. Galen Hall moved all-in UTG and Andrew made the call for 81,500. He found himself flipping with against pocket fives for Hall. An ace on the flop gave Andrew the lead and another on the turn would prove enough to double Andrew to 180,000.
Andrew quickly slid back to less than 80,000 but then caught a pair of double-up to get back into contention. The first came against Jacob Schindler.…
Phil Ivey will be making a public appearance this Friday, March 7th from 4 to 5pm at the Pala Casino Poker Room in Pala, Ca. He announced this public appearance via his Twitter:
I'll be at the Pala Casino poker room this Fri 3/7 from 4-5 pm http://t.co/o4vCEOWL5G
— Phil Ivey (@philivey) March 3, 2014
Phil makes this public appearance just prior to Friday Night Fights where WBC Youth Welterweight Champion Dusy Hernandez-Harrison will take on Michael Balasi in an eight-round brawl.
If you have ever wanted to meet Phil, get his autograph, or even have your picture taken with the nine-time WSOP bracelet winner, Friday will be your chance.
Of course, you don’t have to go all the way to California just to play poker against Phil. Download the Ivey Poker App and take your seat against the man considered to be the greatest poker player of all-time.…
Greg Merson was the last Team Ivey Pro standing heading into Day 4 of the L.A. Poker Classic Main Event. Greg began the day in the money and slightly below average with 190,000. While Greg would go deep, he would ultimately fall during Day 4 play.
Day 4 of action began with 63 players all looking to make it to the final table. The money bubble was burst at the end of Day 3, so we saw a ton of bustouts in this event in the early levels.
Greg will likely be portrayed as the villain of the event on TV (jokingly of course) after knocking out WPT host and poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton in 51st place. Greg put in a min-raise from under-the-gun to 12,000 and Sexton moved all-in for 60,000.
Greg made the call and turned over . Sexton was flipping with . A jack on the flop gave Greg a set and it was good enough to send Sexton back to his “day job.” After knocking out Sexton, Greg was up to 358,000.
With 36 players left, tables were redraw and play continued six-handed. Greg posted a quick update on his chip status:
126k going to 5/10k.
While the mainstream poker media has been focusing on the live scores of Team Ivey Pros such as Phil Ivey, Dan Smith, Greg Merson and others, several of our online pros have been quietly posting solid numbers. Through the end of February, Team Ivey Pros have earned over $1 million in online poker events.
Team Ivey Pros have cashed in over 750 events, making 120 final tables, and taking down 26. Griffin Benger led the way among our online pros with $183,761 through the end of February. His best finish was on January 12th when he took down the PokerStars Sunday 500 for $74,430. “Flush_Entity” made 23 final tables through February with six victories.
Kevin Vandersmissen was our next high earner with $179,106. “Civell” cashed in 164 events through February, making the final table in 33 and winning 13 times. His best money finish was a third place finish in TCOOP Event #19 on January 26th. That finish earned him $69,911.
Toby Lewis has put together a series of solid runs over the first two months of 2014 and has won $163,964. “810ofclubs’” largest score thus far was on January 12th when he finished third in the W Series High Roller Event over on Winamax.…