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.…

Poker lost two legendary players this past week. Danny Robison, half of the legendary Golddust Twins, and Starla Brodie were both legends of the game during the 1970′s and 1980′s. While many players from the modern era of poker may not have heard of them, both were icons during their time.

Danny Robison was considered by many to be one of the greatest Seven-Card Stud players in history. He first came to Las Vegas with the legendary Chip Reese in 1973 with a combined bankroll of just $800. The two began playing $10/$20 Stud at the Stardust and in a short amount of time ran that bankroll to $2 million. The pair became known as the “Golddust Twins” after their impressive run.

While Robison was primarily known as a Stud cash game expert, he still had some success in tournaments. Robison had five WSOP final tables, all in Stud. He also took down the $2,500 Stud Event at the 1995 World Series of Poker for his first and only career bracelet and $140,000.

Robison continued playing Stud at a high level up until his passing. He final tabled the Stud 8 or Better event at the L.A. Poker Classic in 2012 and was a regular in games at the Commerce up until the end.…

Team Ivey Pros continue to dominate in online action. The month of April has seen several pros post five-figure scores online while one continues his assault on FTOPS history.

Griffin Benger was once again Team Ivey’s big winner this past week, earning $66,572. He kicked off his week in a big way on Tuesday with a final table appearance in the PokerStars Super Tuesday. “Flush_Entity” navigated his way through a field of 689 players to earn a spot at the final table, ultimately finishing in fifth and earning $36,792.

Griffin made a pair of final tables on Thursday, including a victory in a $55 NL Turbo for the 143rd victory of his online career. Tournament Sunday saw Griffin rack up three additional final tables, earning him $15,046 on the day.

Toby Lewis had another strong week online, making five final tables and taking down two events. He began his week with a win in a $44 NL Turbo tournament over on PokerStars. That victory earned him $4,695. On Wednesday, he finished runner-up in the Tyrannosaurus Rex over on Full Tilt Poker to add $5,173 to his bankroll.

Saturday saw Toby take down his 55th online victory in the ExPLOsivo event at Full Tilt.…

This week’s Team Ivey Pro of the Week already has four live final table appearances in 2014. Allen Kessler started the year strong with four straight through mid-February.

Allen kicked off the year at the 2014 PCA where he finished fourth in the $1,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. A couple of weeks later, he finished third in the $560 Omaha Hi-Lo Event at the Borgata Winter Open in Atlantic City.

Allen’s next event was the WSOP Circuit stop in Tunica. There he finished third in a $365 NL Event. Finally, he finished eighth at the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Main Event stop in Baton Rouge.

Allen is one of the most consistent live tournament performers on Team Ivey. He has made the final table in over 40% of the live tournaments that he’s cashed in during his career.

We spoke with Allen over the weekend and asked him the secret to his consistency over the years. He told us, “I play a lot of volume and have a lot of patience. I also seek out venues with softer fields like the HPT, MSPT and WSOP Circuit. I also try to capitalize on my tight image.”

Allen’s “tight image” has resulted in live career earnings of over $2.81 million.…

High stakes poker saw a bit of a shift this week with a majority of the action taking place at the 8-Game tables rather than 2-7 Triple Draw. Three players earned over $500,000 this week including Team Ivey Pro Patrik Antonius who took down $554,161. In that same span, Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom dropped over $1.18 million.

Niki Jedlicka was the week’s biggest winner, finishing up $855,183. Jedlicka returned to the high stakes world last week following an 18 month hiatus and kicked off his return with a massive heater. He closed the week with wins of $211,300 on Thursday and $292,768 on Friday.

Patrik, playing under “FinddaGrind,” posted solid numbers in 8-Game this week. He started off with a $190,300 win, earning $123,000 of that haul in a mere hour and twenty minutes.

After giving some back on Wednesday, Patrik closed the week with a pair of $200,000 scores. On Thursday, Patrik was the day’s big winner with $226,700. He took down $196,000 on table Vegas in a pair of sessions. Patrik followed that with a $222,280 win on Friday to finish the week up $554,161.

On the flip side, Isildur1 continues his monster cooler in April. This past week alone, he is down $1.18 million online.…

Canadian Team Ivey Pro Mike Leah has been on an incredible run in 2014. He has four live tournament wins through March and is having his best year in poker since 2009. He has $4.5 million in career tournament earnings and is tied for most career FTOPS jerseys with four.

CardPlayer’s Julio Rodriguez conducted an interview with Mike recently discussing how he got started, the games he finds the biggest edge in and how he stays motivated in small buy-in tournaments.

Mike left the corporate world in 2008 to play poker professionally. His initial goal was to test himself and to win Player of the Year but in recent years those goals have changed. According to Mike, “I’ve gotten to a point where I’m more secure financially and I know that I’m going to be playing for many years, so I’m trying to find a balance between work and my personal life. I’ve been taking some time off and enjoying friends and family.”

Currently splitting his playing time between live and online, Mike tries to target major tournaments or events with big prize pools. In regards to live tournaments, Mike explained, “I’m looking for convenience along with big fields and big prize pools.…

Jerrod Ankenman has successfully used his skills as a mathematician to establish himself as a world-class poker pro. Now as an Ivey League coach, Jerrod is helping a new generation of players learn how to use math to improve their overall game.

Ivey League will host a live Q&A session with Jerrod for Masters Tier subscribers at on Tuesday, April 15 from 6 pm – 7 pm PDT (link will not be active until five minutes before event). He will be available to discuss strategy and answer your questions about applying math to poker.

Jerrod has been playing poker for 15 years and is well-versed in most variants of the game. He has final table appearances in a dozen different variants of poker ranging from Texas Hold’em to Five Card Draw. His breakout performance came in the 2006 World Series of Poker where he finished runner-up in the $3,000 Limit Hold’em Event for $150,586. In 2008, he finished second in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em World Championship at the WSOP, earning $307,380. Jerrod broke through for his first bracelet win in 2009, winning the $2,500 Mixed Event and $241,654.

Jerrod is perhaps best known for his work with Bill Chen on The Mathematics of Poker.…